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Book Review: Left At The Altar

If you’re looking at the title of the book, and thinking to yourself, “I’ve never been left at the altar… there’s no need to read this book”, let me start by saying, “You’re wrong”.

Though the premise of the book is about being left at the altar, the underlining theme of the book is HEALING FROM REJECTION.

And as the author, Kimberly Kennedy, says it so truthfully, “Rejection is rejection, no matter how it happens.”

For her it happened in the church, but for many others it’s happened anywhere and everywhere.  Throughout the book, she gives glimpses of others who have dealt with rejection, and how they have overcome those feelings of hurt and abandonment.

But more than lessons of hurt and rejection, this book was about learning how to have a relationship with God and trusting Him in every area of our lives.  It’s about always putting Him first, no matter what situation or relationship we are in.

She also spends quite a lot of time on the topic of forgiveness, which again, is important in all aspect of our lives.  There is a quote that I loved:

As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.– Isabelle Holland

And ohhhh how true that is! Whether it’s a boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, mother/father, sister/brother, or a friend who has deeply hurt you, if we are to truly move on and heal, we must learn to forgive.

At the end of the book, she gave a few lessons she learned throughout her healing process, which I found to be extremely wise.  Overall, it was easy to read, which I enjoyed tremendously.  I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt rejected in their life (and if you never have, WHO are you?!?), but especially to all the ladies out there who have never quite healed 100% from that one encounter.

(And we’ve all have our one encounter.)

Book Review: Voices of the Faithful

I have never felt so connected to a devotional book than with this one.  Not only is this a yearly devotional, but it’s a yearly devotional written by missionaries serving all over the world.  Each day is a new verse and a short story written by a missionary from their “neck of the woods”. The stories come from ALL over the world and give a glimpse into the area in which they serve.  Its a year focus on missions, the passion of my heart.

Now you understand why I relate so easily to the stories and devotionals. There’s something that comes with the connection of other missionaries on the field.  Though we live in different areas of the world, and our stories vary with region, we seem to have SO many experiences in common (as all my other missionary friends can attest to).

Another wonderful addition to this devotional is the forward each month, written by Beth Moore (and if you know me well, you know I love her).  She has a flavor of writing that I adore!

To all my friends living on the field, I KNOW you will love this book!  The stories will make you laugh and cry, and believe me when I say that we can relate to each one of them.  I am dedicating this review to all of you that I have worked with in various countries, and all of you who I have gotten to know over time, who are also diligently serving to the ends of the world….

In hopes that you will find a way to add this wonderful devotional to your collections.

Book Review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

This was the first Donald Miller book that I read, even after all my friends had been telling me about him for a while now, and I’m glad I finally read one of his books.

What I love about this book is how Donald writes.  He writes so honestly and open that you can’t help but feel a part of his story and the process he goes through, making his life a movie.  His self-discoveries throughout the process lead to the questioning of our own self-discoveries.

What I really took from this book, I think, was the idea of “living your own story”.  For any aspiring writers out there, this is such an important theme to grasp.  I know that even for me, sometimes I’m so caught up in what to write and how to write it, I forget to just LIVE my own story.

Inside the overall story, there are some great mini-stories in the book.  I would recommend this book, and especially to anyone who is looking into writing and all that the process entails. Even if you aren’t looking to write anything and just want a good book to read, then I suggest picking it up.

I am not but I know I AM

I picked up this book the other day because it was small.  I was already in the middle of reading something else, but I needed a bit of a break; this looked like a good distraction.

Louie Giglio (you might know him as The Passion guy) wrote the book, so I’m thinking it must be good. Ok, excuse me for a moment while I take on the personification of Randy Jackson: Well, it started out a bit slow…kinda pitchy in some areas, but toward the middle it picked up and by the end it was bangin. Overall, it was good.  (end of Randy)

It took me a while to get into it, but I really enjoyed some of the end chapters and took some “nuggets” from the book.  The summarized version is this:  We are small, God is big. The world does not revolve around us, so let’s realise that and join God’s story already in progress from the beginning.

I guess I’ll have to give it 3 out of 5 stars.  

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