Okay first, just look at the cover and think for a minute. Just how tough is concrete? How thick is concrete usually? Now how delicate is a bud of anyOkay first, just look at the cover and think for a minute. Just how tough is concrete? How thick is concrete usually? Now how delicate is a bud of any plant. Be it a tree, or be it a daisy weed? Now think of the concrete busting and cracking just a little to get that faint plant, proof of life, through the harsh environment. Striving for sun, or like us for the Son. You'll Get Through This. This is the title and this is the message, that no matter where you are, and what you are facing, you WILL get through this. Reading this book is an event.
Turning the pages has me near to jumping in my seat, saying yes yes! exactly that! And woah, I didn't think of it that way. And hmm... maybe there is hope for me. Life can be rough, it can be turbulent from time to time and this Max Lucado book is a bit of Hope and Help. Using the life of Joseph and tangents into other Biblical and modern day short stories Max Lucado scratches a bit of the paint away from the painted over window glass and gives an aspect that maybe you haven't considered. For as the light starts to shine through that paint on to your furniture, or even your soul again you might see a glimpse of hope for another day.
Interestingly I picked up this book the same time as Lynn Austin's 'Pilgrimage' and shortly after discovering Ann Voskamp's 'One Thousand Gifts'. You can see my thoughts at that point in the archives.
Usually outside of theological texts I'm not much of a non-fiction person, but surprisingly, all of the sudden several have caught my eye and watching a similar theme wrap them in places just shows how God is working in my life and the things he wants to point out to me at this time. Lots of God moments and Bible underlining for this girl lately. I'm also collecting a lot of quotes.
'You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times' by Max Lucado is another one that is absolutely perfectly timed in my life for reception. It's main theme is Joseph, but oh my goodness I truly believe this is a book that everyone should read. Anyone can benefit from this no matter your difficulty. I've love Max Lucado's writing since I was but a pre-teen and each one I get sucked into, I enjoy his books more. I have underlined in the book (Kindle Fire digital copy) and gone on to write quotes in my journal and underlined scripture in my Bible as well as have made so many new notes that I can tell you my heart smiles with this little book.
I think God is trying to tell me something and he is doing it in a beautiful way. Now if only I can remember that from day to day, instead of looking at the darkness...
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I can tell you plenty of good things about Emily's book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life and when I heard about a review opporI can tell you plenty of good things about Emily's book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life and when I heard about a review opportunity for a new book I jumped into it not even really looking at the book subject. Graceful (for Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life is an echo of things I remember reading in Grace for the Good Girl, but they are written for a younger audience with more mention of school and college and jobs than motherhood and marriage as in the original book. However, as someone who has read both books, there are different details in each that make both a worthy read. Graceful is about the voices within that allow us to hide from who we can be in Christ, while Grace for the Good Girl is about masks. I am not exactly the "young woman" that this book is written for as I'm married with two children already, but it was not long ago that I was and the words in this book still speak strongly to me and where I am.
Apparently I'm a dreamer, and I never really realized it. Emily has a way with her books that really gets you into thinking and I know that her words are in the right direction, because with the first book and again with this one it is shocking how hard and fast the enemy seems to attack. My book is all marked up with tons of things outlined here and there. There is so "much" in this little book and I really recommend it.
*Thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.*
The first thing I can tell you is that Story has an absolutely incredible cover, completely beautiful and enchanting. When I first read about this booThe first thing I can tell you is that Story has an absolutely incredible cover, completely beautiful and enchanting. When I first read about this book I was intrigued. I have not read fiction from Steven James, but my mother has read a few that I own of his and did not like them. However the aspect of this book was appealing to me and when it arrived I was shocked at first with how short it is – not sure how to cover the entirety of Eden to Evermore in 200 pages give or take. A little bit into it I was unsure and then after reading all the other reviews out there I seem really confused because apparently I am on a different bandwagon and did not find the content of this book appealing at all.
My background is religious studies, and perhaps I have grown too accustom to an older tone of writing with more theological jargon I do not know, but this just did not hit it for me. I felt like it was silly, a bit too silly and at points I wondered if he were referencing the same Bible that I read or not – because that was totally foreign to me. It seems lots of people love this book and it might be something you just have to read. Although for me I found the tone of this book is very calm and contemporary. I’m not sure what I was expecting but this is very different. In a way it is almost like reading a journal with the intersection bits of personal poetry and scripture. But it was not life changing or really interesting to me.
*Thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.*
I am in love with the concept behind the From the Library of C. S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey books compiledI am in love with the concept behind the From the Library of C. S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey books compiled by James Stuart Bell. Wouldn't you love to enjoy the same works of authors that influenced C.S. Lewis?! Well with this one book you can save a lot of shelf space and still enjoy inspiration writing that may indeed have inspired the ultimate inspirer in C.S. Lewis. Whether you use this as a daily devotion or just research, it is interesting and enjoyable to read in bitesize pieces. I cannot imagine the time that went into research to find these passages from the personal library, annotations and references of the writing of C.S. Lewis, but I'm sure it is a labor of love and deserves a place on every library shelf. Divided into 18 sections there is enough here to keep you busy and amazed at God for a while to come.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy for review.