Life is for Living was a very relaxed walk through the various aspects of a single woman's life, and how it can be fulfilling and abundant through a lLife is for Living was a very relaxed walk through the various aspects of a single woman's life, and how it can be fulfilling and abundant through a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. The author does not gloss over the struggles that will still accompany singleness, but neither does she allow that despair, jealousy, envy, or depression should take precedence in a life that can bring glory and honor to God, no matter what stage or situation the person finds themselves in.
I was pleased with the encouragement that this book had to offer, although some of the points were repeated often and in varying ways. The main thing I came away with was the idea to "live abundantly" for the Lord, in all that I do and to seek out opportunities to live even more abundantly every day.
One of the suggestions the author gave was to keep a journal to write down all of the things you are thankful for. It can just be a line or two a day, and as simple as an appreciative glance or as significant as the help of a friend. I already have a similar journal that was given to me at my graduation, called a "Joy Journal", and I am excited to get back to writing in it! ...more
This little book convicted me in so many ways and in so many areas. I decided to put a sticky note on the "ifs" that were especially meaningful to me,This little book convicted me in so many ways and in so many areas. I decided to put a sticky note on the "ifs" that were especially meaningful to me, so that I can go through later and be reminded.
"If" is a book about true love. Not mushy, gushy, feel-good love, but hard and overwhelming love that brings victory.
Were I to give this book as a gift, I would bundle it together with The Greatest Thing In the World by Henry Drummond. If you want to learn more about love, these two books are a wonderful place to start....more
Katie was just a teenager when she began loving the beautiful people of Uganda, and started off on her first, short-term trip there. In no time she waKatie was just a teenager when she began loving the beautiful people of Uganda, and started off on her first, short-term trip there. In no time she was captured by how much these people needed to be cared for and loved. She realized that she could do something to help these people. She also realized that she would rather be doing that than anything else. It is not too long after when Katie finally goes to Uganda to live, to adopt children, and to serve God by serving the poor.
Kisses from Katie gives a few stories of the people and her children, but mainly the stories are told to illustrate a spiritual lesson that she was learning at the time. In some ways I really wanted to read more stories of the people and of Katie's work among them, but at the same time Katie's work was driven and directed by her trust in God and it was clear that she did not want to minimize that aspect of it. You cannot separate those two sides of the coin.
Several themes were mentioned again and again, emphasizing points that many Christians tend to forget or overlook. Again, I felt that this was because Katie really wanted to open people's eyes and didn't want to minimize what God can do in hearts, as well as in circumstances.
"Everywhere I looked in the Bible, from the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of Revelation, people who believe in God are supposed to share with the poor. Helping the poor is not something God asks His people to do; it is something that, throughout all generations, He instructs us to do." (pg. 32, Kisses from Katie)
This realization of our call to the poor, as well as a few other topics that are important to Katie (such as trust in God), are discussed several times in a manner that is easy to understand, yet convicting.
I was very excited to start reading this book. It is a story that deeply resonated with many of my longings and fears. Katie often discusses her own fears and shortcomings in the book, and during those times I could completely relate and sympathize. She also shares the circumstances or realizations that helped her through. It is helpful to remember that Katie is very young and she is human. Yes, she makes mistakes in her home, in her ministry, and in her walk with God, like the rest of us.. However, the Lord has certainly blessed Katie and her ministry in many ways.
That Printer of Udell's follows the path of young Dick Falkner, whose mother is dead and whose father is a drunk. From a very young age, heMy Synopsis
That Printer of Udell's follows the path of young Dick Falkner, whose mother is dead and whose father is a drunk. From a very young age, he makes his own way in the world, until he finds himself looking for work among the "kind" Christian people of Boyd City.
Unfortunately, their hypocrisy is all too clear to him; they go to church and nod their heads as the pastor preaches goodwill to all men, but their lives reflect that of self-centered socialites. Disgusted, he applies for work from a man who, like himself, sees the falsity of the church people.
In time, the people of Boyd City, with young Dick as their catalyst, slowly begin changing that first impression that he had formed of them. More and more, the young people start reaching out with ideas to change things for the better in their city, and before too long many of the older folks are engaged in helping their fellow man as well.
Before you know it, Dick Falkner is a fairly influential man in the community, but he is not without troubles of his own, which make his character all the deeper and admirable.
I began reading this book in fits and starts, but before I knew it I was drawn into a book that grabbed me in a way that many of today's contemporary works will not do. Many of those works employ sensation as their means of drawing you on and you want to read until the next shock, but in this book, I believe I was drawn on because I really began to know, love, and care about the characters.
It's a story of faith, but more than that, it's a story that cries out against the apathy that even churches of today are often dwelling in. This book was not written for those who are lost and need to be saved, but for those who are saved and need to help the lost.
Harold Bell Wright, a American pastor during the first half of the 20th century, experienced much of what his main character does. This book was his first attempt in the writing field, and I have to say that he did a good job. I loved the fairly simple style in which the story was told.
All in all, I loved this book, and have added it to my favorites shelf. If anyone were to ask me, I would recommend it in a heartbeat. It's one of those books for me, that although the people may appear to be slightly more perfect than what each of us think we can be, it gives me something to strive for. That is the kind of book that edifies me the most.
Before I go, I would like to point you to the Wikipedia page on That Printer of Udell's. I especially want to point out the last paragraph about Ronald Reagan. It just provides an interesting tidbit of information.
Finally, I would like to ask for your help. I'm not that great at writing book reviews and could use all the help I can get! What can I add to make a book review more helpful or informative? What kind of questions would you like to see answered in a book review? Leave your thoughts on this particular book, and these questions in the comments below!...more