A life for Christ

A Life for Christ is a newly updated book from D.L. Moody.   It is a book that will take you out of the comfort zone we often find ourselves as Christian’s.   The overall theme i gained from this book was “get up and get to work for the Lord.”   The book is divided into straight-forward chapters of Love, Faith/Courage, Enthusiasm, and Power in Little Things.   He gives many examples and illustrations of what it looks like to work for the Lord…and even though the examples come from the late 1800’s, i found them surprisingly refreshing and relevant for today.

We have somehow come to a point in life where we are slaves to our busy calendar and often the busyness serves to only benefit ourselves.   This book was a good reminder of our great commission…”to go out and make disciples”…to take the focus and energy off ourselves and put it on other people.

I highlighted many passages in this book, but the one that continues to linger is…”some people seem to think all the world needs is lots of sermons.  The truth is people today have been almost preached to death.  What we want is to preach more sermons with our hands and feet – to carry the gospel to the people by acts of kindness.

I liked this book because it put me back in touch with the basics of Christianity that we tend to complicate and put rules/conditions around.   I walk away from this book with the expectation that God is going to use me…and i need to get out there and do the work He’s given me to do.

In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event Cover
“In the Unlikely Event” was a selection from my book club and when i saw who the author was, it was a blast from the past. I grew up on Judy Blume, often reading her books in the cover of darkness, afraid of being caught reading what would have been considered “racey” material. Until now, i didn’t realize Judy Blume had moved into adult fiction books.

I toggled back and forth on 3 and 4 stars when rating this book. It was a smooth read and held my attention, but i was frustrated with the amount of characters being introduced. I had a difficult time keeping up with who was who and how they were connected. I thought the main characters were developed well. I was drawn in to Miri and her family, as well as her relationship with Mason. I thought the ending of the book was very well done. It was nice to see the reunion and reconcilation of several of the main characters.

I love books that bring in real-life events such as this one. I was not familiar with the plane crashes that took place in Elizabeth, NJ.

Overall, i enjoyed this book and would have rated higher if there would have been less point of views introduced.

 

 

Relationships Book CoverAuthors:  Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp

We reach points in our relationships when we wonder if they are even worth it.”   Wow!   This statement packs a punch as all of us have been involved in relationships where we have either thought, verbalized, or taken action that shows we don’t think the relationship is worth the time, drama, or heartache involved.

The authors, Mr. Lane and Mr. Tripp, do a wonderful job breaking apart the various components of relationships and providing illustrations that make you wonder if they have been peeking into your own personal thoughts and life.  I really appreciated their careful selection of stories that allowed the reader to identify with and apply to their own messy relationships.  The explanations and guidance found through the pages of this book are firmly held together with God’s word.

One of the biggest gains I received from this book was the realization that i am not to look to my personal relationships to give me what Christ has already given me.   “None of us will ever be in a relationship with a finished person,” so stop looking for another sinner to be our savior.

As predicted by the authors, I noticed several of my own relationships began experiencing increased conflict as I worked my way through this book.   Maybe I was just more alert or maybe God was allowing a stage for me to practice what i was learning.   In each instance I found that I was more aware of my need to focus on the forgiveness and grace that has been freely gifted to me through Christ.  I found it easier to look within at where God desires me to change versus projecting blame on the other person.   Easy?…No.  Necessary?…Definitely.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.  It was a fantastic reminder that God has a purpose for every relationship and even the messy ones are well worth our time, love, and attention.