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The Way of the Warrior

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I am not familiar with the author Erwin Raphael McManus.  The title of his new book, however, interested me — The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace

This author is very confident of his beliefs, maybe even brazen.  I found the book intriguing, but somewhat puzzling.

The author says that we are warriors, and that Jesus is a warrior.  I don’t really relate to the warrior label.  This idea may appeal to men more than women. 

Although the author believes we are warriors, he says that we are seeking peace.  He says that any war against someone should never have been fought! 

We do not need wealth or fame, and should not seek it.  We need peace. We need to fight for people, and against injustice and poverty.

Our world has much violence, but our strength comes from inner peace.

To sum up, the author says that you are a warrior of light, hope, faith, love, and peace; so do not fear.

By now, either you are not interested, or the book intrigues you…

If it intrigues you, then click –>The Way of the Warrior.

 

  Maybe you would like to read one of this author’s other books:

The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life

The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art

Wide Awake: The Future is Waiting Within You

Soul Cravings: An Exploration of the Human Spirit

Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul

To find out about these books, Click on the –>author page.

How did I not hear of this author? He has written so many books!

Have you ever read any of this author’s books? 

I would love to know what you thought about it.  Please comment below.

 

I received an early proof of the book from the publisher, so I could read it.  I shared my thoughts here with you.

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Taste and See

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This is a fun book to read about food!

Margaret, the author, goes out to taste and see foods in the Bible.  

I could picture Margaret as she went down into the salt mine, made bread from scratch, picked olives, looked for ripe figs… This is not your usual food book, nor is it your usual Bible book.  This is all about Bible food!

The information about foods — figs, dates, olives, bread… is interesting and unusual.  And there are unusual recipes so you can taste the foods too.  How about Smoked Salt?  Roasted Figs.  Chocolate Pomegranate Drops. 

For sure I want to try the 18-Minute Matzo flat bread!

I really enjoyed reading this book!  It is interesting, fun and different!

Give it a try, click  –>Taste and See

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Sunday Thoughts

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Just taking time on Sunday to think about my relationship with God…

If suffering and pain lead you to –>God,

     –>He will give you love, forgiveness, and healing.

If you turn away from God when you suffer, you will find despair.

Guaranteed love is given only in the heart of Jesus Christ.

If you want to read more about what God gives, click HERE

These thoughts today give me contentment. I smile with God.

I am happy with my relationship with God, and I will continue to get closer to Him.

What are you thinking about your relationship with God?…

…Do you want to share in the comments below?

 

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The Jesus Way

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Last year, author and professor Eugene H. Peterson died. 

If you don’t know who he is, he wrote the Message translation of the Bible. 

That is all I knew about him, so I decided to read his book The Jesus Way.

He has written 30 books, so I had lots to choose from.  This one intrigued me.

Professor Peterson describes this book in his introduction as — “a conversation on the spirituality of the ways we go about following Jesus”.

He writes in the book that he has observed that many people say they follow Jesus, but they live more like the culture around them than the Way of Jesus.

I found this book fascinating! 

Let me tell you though, if you decide to read it, allow enough time.  It is a deep read.  If this is what Eugene Peterson calls conversation, then his conversations were very deep and thoughtful.  Don’t let that scare you away though.  

Since I never had the opportunity to talk with Professor Peterson, I am glad I read this book and was able to read his conversation on The Jesus Way.

What did I learn?

I learned about how Jesus lived as our example, and what that means I should do in my life.  Things like pray to God, attend church, study the Bible, help the needy…. You might say “Duh”, but Jesus really did these things!  And that is why we should do them, not because our parents said so, or our Sunday school teacher said to.

Then there are more difficult things we should do if we want to follow Jesus, like forgive people, serve Jesus as He served Our Father, trust God and obey Him.  Surrender your will to God, just as Jesus did.  Invite people to follow Jesus, and encourage them along the way.  I think you get the idea.

Here is one thought I wrote to synthesize what I got from reading this book —  We are created by Our Father, saved by Jesus Christ, and made active by the Holy Spirit.

So if my review has you interested in reading The Jesus Way: A Conversation…,  you might be able to find it in your local library,  or you can buy it used from –>Abebooks, or you can find it on –>Amazon

I hope you will read it.

If you would like to recommend a book for me to read, please tell me in the comments below.   I am always looking for good books to read!  (Please no science fiction or fantasy, that is not my thing.)

 

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The Lord is my Fortress

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The Lord is my Fortress.

What is a fortress?

It is a mighty stone enclosure that protects you against evil.

Call out for God and ask for His protection, He will surround you with His Fortress. 

Inside the walls of His Fortress, you are safe.

In the Bible, the 18th Psalm, verse 2 says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  (Psalm 18:2)

Notice this verse also says, “in whom I take refuge.”

Refuge is a place of safety to hide in.

The 91st Psalm, verse 2 says, I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2)

Because God is our refuge and fortress, we can trust Him.

When fears and danger or worries surround you, you can pray, “Lord, my God, please protect me, even if I am only imagining the danger.  You are my refuge, so I come to you for safety.  Because you are my fortress, I trust You.  Amen.”

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One Word for 2019

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I won’t keep you in suspense —

My One Word for 2019 is “Relationships”!

Yeah, that is a big one.  But it’s the one God has urged me to take on.

First priority is my relationship with God. 

You may have noticed the “s” on the end of “Relationships”. Yeah, a lot of relationships are being targeted, some need more work than others: my husband, our grown children, grandchildren, my elderly parents, other family, friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and neighbors.  There may be a few more, although I think that is plenty to work on for one year.

Oh yes, and you, my blog readers and subscribers! —

I plan to make some changes to my blog.  I want to make it more useful to you, and easier to read.  Different topics. Shorter posts. And I would like to encourage more comments, discussions, and hopefully more “likes”.  I appreciate those.

Have suggestions for helpful changes?  Tell me in the comments below.

And please share your One Word for 2019.

I would love to see what word you picked!

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Guest Post

Here is the announced guest post by author Michelle DeRusha!

 

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— The Lifelong Journey toward Becoming Our Truest Self —

“Hustle!!!” I hear my father’s voice over the clash of shin pads and the scuffle of cleats. The command comes at regular intervals, regardless of whether I’m lagging or not. “Hustle, Shelly, hustle!!” And I do, I hustle, springing after the soccer ball, challenging defensive opponents twice my size, refusing to flinch when the ball is kicked square at my face.

Truth be told, I hustled on the soccer field and off all through my childhood and young adulthood, and not just to please my father. I don’t know if it’s a product of nature or nurture or a combination of both, but I’ve been driven to produce, achieve, and succeed for as long as I can remember.

“Make it happen” was a directive repeated often in my house when I was growing up, and it’s a mantra I’ve chanted in my head ever since.

I was one of those teenagers who was involved in everything – sports, clubs, social events, work – and still earned good grades, not so much because I was academically gifted, but simply because I hustled, studying hours every night after getting home from work or soccer or track practice. I “made it happen.”

My parents had high expectations of me as a student, but my motivation ran deeper than their approval. I was driven to achieve because success made me feel valuable and important. I liked the awards I racked up. I enjoyed seeing my name listed as an Honor Roll student in the local newspaper every semester.

I kept myself busy, motivated, and focused because the results of my efforts – success and achievement – filled, at least temporarily, a seemingly insatiable desire not only to be known, but to be recognized and admired. 

I graduated from high school 30 years ago, and although a lot about me has changed since then, in many ways, I am still very much the same person, driven to achieve and succeed. I’m Type A through and through – or, to be more exact, Triple Type A, as my husband jokes. I’m a Three on the Enneagram personality typing system – “Achiever/Performer: success-oriented, pragmatic, adaptable, excelling, driven, and image-conscious.” According to Gallup’s StrengthsFinder Assessment, my top five strengths are Achiever, Activator, Focus, Discipline, and Responsibility.

You get the picture.

Hustle, productivity, busyness, and striving to achieve have taken up a lot of space in my soul over the years. I’ve hustled so long for my self-worth, it’s become a habit deeply ingrained in me.

I had no idea how destructive this habit was to my sense of self and to my relationship with God. I walked to the drumbeat of busyness for so long, I didn’t realize it was detrimental both to my self-identity and to the well-being of my soul.

What I’ve come to realize, though, is that I’ve used busyness, hustle, achievement and success not only as a way to feel valuable, but also as a means to avoid what lies beneath the surface. I was afraid of what my own soul would tell me about myself if I stopped long enough to listen.

Over time, as I began to integrate short periods of silence and stillness into my daily life, my soul began to speak. It revealed the wounded parts that needed healing and restoration. It revealed the false selves I’d crafted and hidden behind over the years. In time, my soul began to reveal my true self, the one beneath the hustle and striving – the one created by God, made in the image of God, beloved by God.

The whispers of my soul weren’t always what I wanted to hear, but they were always what I needed to hear.

This journey toward a clearer understanding of my true self, toward the person God created me to be, is one that will take a lifetime to complete. As the author Sue Monk Kidd once said, I am “on the edge of becoming.” The truth is, we are always on the edge of becoming. And yet, God is here, too, in the thick of it and on the edges, coming alongside as we stutter-step, two steps forward, one step back, toward our truest self.

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A Massachusetts native, Michelle DeRusha moved to Nebraska in 2001, where she discovered the Great Plains, grasshoppers the size of chickens … and God. She’s the wife of an English professor who reads Moby Dick for fun and mom to two teenage boys and the laziest Corgi-beagle in the world. Michelle’s newest book, –> True You, releasing January 1st 2019, guides readers on a journey toward letting go in order to uncover their true God-created selves.

This post is adapted from –>True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created, by Michelle DeRusha, releasing January 1 from Baker Books.

You still have time (deadline December 31) to pre-order “True You” and get the –>3 free bonuses.

If you missed the announcement, it gives more information, including a peak at the back cover of the book.  You can see it –>HERE.

 

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Guest Announcement

Hi! I am excited to announce that I will have a successful author here tomorrow…

She has written 3 books already, and her 4th book will be released New Year’s Day…

She worked in New York City as a magazine writer and editor,

but now lives in Nebraska and writes books,

and also a monthly column for the Lincoln Journal Star.

You can find her on her –>website, and

you can see her other books on her –>author page.

She is a writer that I have so enjoyed reading —

If you don’t know her name yet, it’s Michelle DeRusha!

If you have not heard of her, you will want to delve into her stories.

She writes non-fiction, but it reads like a novel,  

which is why her books are hard to put down!

Here is what another author has to say about Michelle’s new book —

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So please come back to my site on Friday and read her guest post,

as she introduces us to her new book — True You !

Here is a peak of the back cover —

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The Guest Post by Michelle DeRusha is up!  –>Go HERE to see.

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Surviving

Well we are all surviving something! 

This post is about a woman who has survived living on an island in Alaska for 40 years!

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Not only that but she has been an author, speaker, and fisherwoman.  Yeah she fishes with her family mostly for salmon. It is a hard, dangerous life.  Leslie Leylands Fields has met the challenge with grit and courage.

I just finished reading one of her books, “Surviving the Island of Grace”.  This book is all about her life in Alaska, and how she ended up there.

She tells harrowing stories about living in the wilderness.  She tells about the difficulties making a living fishing in Alaska.  She tells about getting lost on the ocean in a boat alone!  She tells how she survived to tell the tale. 

This is an amazing book! Leslie is so tough and meets every challenge.  She shows us just how tough women can be! She is an inspiration! 

My life is nothing like hers! Surely I can handle my wimpy problems, if Leslie can handle 6 kids, hauling in nets, staying in a boat being swamped by waves, cleaning fish, building a house… Yeah my life is easy in comparison.

If you need some encouragement to step up and meet your life challenges,

read this book!

–>Get the book here!

Want to know more about this woman?

–>Go to her website!

Don’t miss her website, it’s awesome! She has great pictures from her life in Alaska.

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The Minimalist Home

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So I read this book thinking it would help me get rid of clutter at home. BUT …

it actually tried to tell me that I only needed 2 towels per person living in the house, and 2 sets of sheets for each bed…

WHAT??!!!

This is like how I lived in my first apartment at college!

So why would I want to live that way in middle age?  I have a comfy home with about 6 towels for each person plus 6 in the guest bathroom closet.  For my bed I have 3 sets of sheets for most of the year and 2 flannel sheet sets for winter weather.

The author, Joshua Becker, actually has 1 set of sheets for his bed.  He removes the sheets, washes and drys them, and then puts them back on the bed the same day.  To me this is bizarre!

Another example, is that the author got rid of his bed side table, and puts stuff under the bed instead.  Is that supposed to be nicer looking? I don’t think so!  I like my side table.

Here is a quote from his book —

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You know, I walk through my bedroom in the dark all the time! And I have 2 dressers, 2 side tables, 1 bed, 2 lamps, and 1 easy chair.  I don’t have to get rid of all my furniture, towels and sheets to find my way around the room!

Ok, I guess you can tell that I did not like this book. 

I guess I totally misunderstood what this book was about.

It is about minimizing all your possessions!  Not reducing clutter.

It is about getting rid of some of your furniture, so maybe you have only 2 chairs in your living room.  Not getting rid of magazines and mail on your kitchen table.

If you want to know more about this book from the author himself —

–>Go Here.

If you want to pre-order the book or buy when it comes out Dec 18 —

–>Buy here.

Oh, if you do buy this book, remember that the author recommends that you keep it under your bed, so it is easy to grab it and read.

Since I am a book blogger, I actually got an early copy of this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah.  I actually like a bunch of their books, just not this one.

 

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