Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Life Ready Woman in a Do it All World by Shaunti Feldham and Robert Lewis

This is a book for women who want to live godly lives and thrive in the "do it all world."  When we live according to God's calling for our lives we will thrive.  When we attempt to live "in the world" without listening to God, we find ourselves stressed and overwhelmed.

The book is divided into two parts.  The first part contrasts the mold society attempts to fit us into vs the unique design and callings God has for us.

In part 2 we learn about "living from the inside out."  Inside out living is using our core calling to enhance our lives by putting God's design for us before the world's designs.

I was really impacted by the "seasons of life" descriptions.  I, personally, do not fit into a specific stage but find myself in several stages at once.  I am married with young adult children but since I have custody of four grandchildren I am also married with grade schoolers, and married with teenagers.  I do not know if I will ever be a married empty nester but I do know that I'm living God's purpose for my life.

This book did impact my life and provided me with several things to really think about.  I believe you will, after reading this book, also find yourself thinking about your core calling and God's design for your life.

I received this book from LitFuse in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Another Chapter Opens

Well, life is definitely "on the edge".  My DH is in the hospital and has been for a week.  He has gall bladder problems, colon problems and yesterday, he had a minor heart attack--if there is such a thing.  No heart attack is minor in my opinion.

I have been running myself ragged and driving myself crazy(ier) by the minute.

Until next time, my foot is slipping further and further on the edge.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets by Patti Lacy

Sheila Franklin has lived a life of secrets but now these secrets must come to light.  She has married Edward, a conservative pastor.  Her life is one of happiness and fulfillment until a phone call from the son she was forced to give up years ago shatters that complacent life.  Should she come to the aid of her son and help him find and save the love of his life or should she not "rock the boat" and put her husband's career in jeopardy?

Once her secrets are revealed she finds that God's love has redeemed her past and reconciled her secrets.  She comes to understand that He does love her unconditionally and her past sins does not diminish that love.

This is an awesome story of redemption and forgiveness.  Everyone who reads this book will see parts of their own spiritual journey through Sheila's adventures.

Patti Lacy hasd done a wonderful job in bringing her characters to life.  I highly recommend this book.

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest and open review.

Living in the Overlap by Steve Schaefer

What an idea!  I did not fully understand what the overlap is until I read this book.  To be honest, I had not even heard of "living in the overlap" until I read this book.  According to Schaefer, the overlap is now--the time between the coming of the kingdom of God and the ultimate fulfillment of the kingdom at the end of time.  The implications of the overlap are astronomical--we can enjoy some of the blessings of the age to come but will only experience all the kingdom blessings when Christ comes again.

"Although we have not yet stood before God the the end time judgment we have already received our end time verdict of 'not guilty'. p.23.  What an awesome thought!  Because He sent His son to take our guilt we can enjoy the blessings of His kingdom.

Living in the overlap does not make us immune to Satan and conflicts.  Schaefer lists three forms of evil influence we face:
    the world
    the flesh
    the devil

This book is a great read for anyone who wants to know more about God's kingdom and how it affects us today.

I received this book in exchange for an honest and open review.