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God's Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives

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It’s rare for an established romance and women’s fiction author to make the leap to inspirational non-fiction, and yet Debbie Macomber has managed to do so naturally and successfully with her second foray into the genre with November’s book, GOD’S GUEST LIST (Howard Books). With more than 100 million books in print, the #1 New York Times bestseller has a unique ability to ...more
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 16, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Myself (I want to be a better person too)
A nice inspiring book. The idea that this book primarily suggests is that we keep an eye on people who come into our lives because they might be God-sent. Meaning, they have roles to play in our lives that would make us better children of God.

At the start of this self-improvement book, Debbie Macomber (born 1948) recalls that she is a list person and when she was a lot younger she used to keep one with the names of people that she would like to meet. The result however, was not very encouraging
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Ruth
Aug 23, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Debbie had kept a list of people that she thought that she would really like to meet. These were writers and singers and folks that she had been moved by or impressed by what she knew of them. As she became more well known herself she had an opportunity to meet some of the people on her list and found that they often fell short of what she imagined that they would be like. One example was a singer that she admired whose words had touched her heart. Upon meeting this person, she found that someo
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Dana Davis-avants
Macomber makes you think about all the people you have encountered throughout your life and how they have affected your path. Everyone from family members, childhood friends, teachers, coaches, our spouse(s), adult friends, neighbors and colleagues and how they have shaped your life through positive and negative influences. Her anedotal stories about herself and others show how God brings people into our lives, but we have to allow it. We all have a list of people we would like to meet, but many ...more
Karen Bertke
Jul 13, 2016 Karen Bertke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say enough positive things about this book. I listened via Overdrive (library application). It was a fast "read" and very enjoyable. The stories about each type of person God invites into your life were so moving. I found myself agreeing as each person is described and swear that that exact person was in my life. This book reminded me to be reflective of my encounters with other people and to recognize the angels in my life as well as being an angel to someone else. Great read from any ...more
Kathy
Feb 13, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Macomber did an amazing job enlightening me on why people come across my path throughout my life time. People for one reason or another God has chosen for me to meet. Some I have held on too long and too tightly others I let go way to soon and yet others I was never the friend they needed at the time. Debbie Macomber's words allowed me to let go of those whom I was still trying to hold on to who were never meant to stay and to welcome others if but for a brief time and objectively look in ...more
MJ
May 29, 2015 MJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debbie writes in the acknowledgements how no book is the product of the author alone. I love how humble she is. She also writes that this book developed out of a speech she gave years ago. I love knowing the back story of a book.

Debbie seems to be writing my thoughts, my life. How could she know that I love lists, love making the most of my time or love Pat Conroy's books - just like she does.

She tells how unless a person stays God-centered that their fame and talent seem to ruin them. She learn
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Michael Laflamme
This book has a good and important spiritual message; being aware of those God brings into our lives as well as being aware of how we affect the lives of others. It is in inspiring and uplifting read. My only criticism is that I don't think it needed to be book length. A good article or blog could have covered the material sufficiently. Past the halfway point I found myself mentally saying, "Okay, I get the message already." As the adage goes; more isn't always better, sometimes it's just more.
Shannon Kirsch
Jul 31, 2012 Shannon Kirsch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have read and shared with several of my closest friends. Very thought provoking as we learn why, for better or worse, all we have come in contact with is by design. Whether it be for a brief amount of time or a lifelong friendship, All of something to offer: positive or negative. There are also people that were meant to come into our lives and we "missed" just because we judge quickly. Step out of your comfort zone and read this one.
Ruth Ann
Jan 14, 2015 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nonfiction, christian
Debbie, who was first known to her readers as a fiction writer, uses her polished storytelling skills even when she is writing nonfiction. This book gave me a lot to think about and I had to force myself to read only one chapter at a time so I could process the ideas and have the opportunity to grow. I like how Debbie "keeps it real". She tells of struggles she has had in her marriage and in parenting. She admits that she didn't always value the "prickly people" that showed up in her life. When ...more
JoAnn Jordan
Jan 21, 2011 JoAnn Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explains the many gifts that God sends into our lives through the people He brings to us. It encourages us to be a gift to others and has action steps to facilitate our awareness of how we can influence others. The book is well written and a very quick read. It touches the heart with the stories it shares.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to grow their relationships with others and with God.
Jackie Wolfred
Dec 27, 2011 Jackie Wolfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian women
Recommended to Jackie by: my friend Terrie
Very enjoyable, lots to think about relationships and who God has placed in our lives. A dear Sister in Christ gave me this book for my birthday, and I decided to read it over the Christmas break from Bible Study. Very uplifting.
Heidi
Mar 28, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first non-fiction book that I have read by Debbie Macomber. It was full of so many truths and words of wisdom, and encouragement. It is a good book to read.
Lois
Dec 16, 2010 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In common with many other Type A personalities, the internationally renowned author of more than 100 novels, Debbie Macomber, who has more than 100 million books currently in print, is an inveterate list maker. In the past, she confesses, she drew up a list of all those people whom she had long admired and whom she wished to meet. However, by trial and error she came to realize that the guest list that she had drawn up for herself was much inferior to that which God had for her life. Now Macombe ...more
Wendy
Jun 06, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of Debbie Macomber's non-fiction books. She asks us to make a list of 30 people whom God has placed in your life for one reason or another. She also says to be aware that we are on the guest list of other people so we are influential in some way to them. As I read this book, I thought about some of the people who I would include in my list and why but I don't think I could come up with 30. Very thought-provoking book!
Sharon
Dec 09, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author shares her thoughts and ideas on the people who might be God's Guest List sent specifically to you in your life, and shares some who've been on her God's Guest List. It is interesting and insightful. Each of us is encouraged to create a list of 30 of God's Guest List in our lives. There are things to be gained by reading this book, not the least of which are the notes I've made from the book.
Maggie Boyd
May 15, 2014 Maggie Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I prefer Macomber's nonfiction to her fiction. In this book she invites us to take a close look at the people in our lives and realize the impact they have had on us. She points out that God may well have let us meet for a reason. It is a good reminder about being aware, every day, of the influence we place (and receive) from even the most casual relationships.
Gina
Dec 27, 2013 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a light and easy read. This book is not heavy with philosophy or phrases that keep your brain thinking deep. Instead, it is written in such a way where you feel that you are sitting right in front of the author as she tells you the story of her life and her friendships with others.

Debbie Macomber speaks a lot about the way we face people when it comes to building relationship with others. From family to friends, relatives to strangers, colleagues to the community at large - there is a
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Donna
Mar 01, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book by Debbie, I lean toward Christian book's as my favorite's and this didn't disappoint. I make list's for about everything I do also, Now I may add more of the ideas she has in her book, people that have had an influence in my life, and made me better for it. I would highly recommend this book.
Katie Hutchison Irion
I never would have picked this up on my own but since it was my book club's pick I did read it and liked it more than I thought I would. It was touching and inspiring and made me think about the people in my life and how they've influenced me and my family.
Iris Long
May 15, 2016 Iris Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking book to recognize that random encounters are not coincidental in the believer's life. I became more sensitive to strangers after reading this book and recorded these seemingly unimportant chance meetings in a journal.
Diana
Oct 07, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this book at the library. This non fiction Debbie Macomber book is great. Talks about how we should make lists of people in our lives and think about how they influenced us. One of the interesting this is she wants us to think not just about positive influcences but also "prickly people" and how they chaned our lives. Does get a little "preachy" at times, but is certainly worth reading. It reminded me of a lady I met 4 years ago in a hospital waiting room. Her husband was critically ill and ...more
Lupe
Mar 24, 2015 Lupe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book about keeping an open mind when meeting people. God sends them into our lives for a reason. Even the "sandpaper" people. I appreciate Debbie's candor and humility. What a nice role model.
Hope Phillips
Nov 04, 2011 Hope Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A GEM!

God’s Guest List is a hit with me because I am fascinated by personality disorders and deep-rooted, mind-altering dilemmas and how to repair damage. If all would heed these stories there wouldn’t be so many deep-rooted problems to begin with. This is down-to-earth and touching in multiple stories that reach straight into the heart of the matter, the influence everyone you meet has on your life story. We need to pay attention to the mirrors, the blessings, the “ah hah” moments and words spo
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Janet
I enjoy Debbie Macomber as a fiction writer who can tell a good story. Her writing style is friendly, inviting and engaging.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that those same traits were strong in her non fiction book. In this work of non fiction, Debbie shares her spiritual view on people who helped form her into the person she is today. She also invites the reader to reflect on their personal experience. Because she is so honest and open about her life, I found that encouraged me to do the sam
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Donna Goetter
God's Guest List. If you could ask someone to join you who would you ask? "Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers." Matthew 23:34
Vicki Jaeger
Mar 23, 2012 Vicki Jaeger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like religious, uplifting stories
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
I know, you all are shocked that I read this one, given my title as the resident skeptic/agnostic. But
1. It was an advance reading copy
2. I've liked her fiction writing

Each chapter is broken out by theme. I read the small story pieces in each chapter, which talked about different people she has met in her life, how they affected her, and what they taught her about life, love & God. They were like nice little short stories and enjoyable to me. I did NOT read the ending pieces in each chapter,
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Natalie
Oct 17, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I like the new perspective it gives on looking at all the people that enter our lives. I also liked that it was the kind of book you can put down and comeback to without feeling lost.

She mentions her Christian beliefs and even has a chapter on Jesus' influence and God's influence on our lives. I am Catholic but I feel that even if you don't have a strong religious background or any religious background you can still enjoy this book. It's just a nice new way of looking
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 Barb Bailey
I thought I would like this book more. The theme of this book is very good but the writing is only ok. Some of her short stories are good but nothing seemed to jump out at me....I think we all have people in our lives that teach us something,or people we need to impact in a positive way... if we are just open enough to others. Macomber seems as though she wrote an outline for this book and then every chapter she followed the same outline. She is new to non fiction so perhaps this was an aid she ...more
Michelle
May 04, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This inspirational book really made me think about the various people in my life and their influence on me and mine on them.
Susanna
Nov 18, 2015 Susanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was good! thought provoking and inspirational. some really good true stories in it!
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 950 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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