Archive for March, 2011

Prayer Ideas:

 

©2011 – C Jill Reed

I had the following information in my “Prayer” file, which gives ideas on what a Christian can pray about related to growing closer to God. I don’t know who put together the list, if anyone does, let me know and I’ll add the appropriate credits.

Pray for a spirit of:

Book Review: 31 Days of Drawing Near to God by Ruth Myers

31 Days of Drawing Near to God by Ruth Meyers:

ISBN: 978-0-307-72944-6

©1999 – Multnomah Books

(Previously released as “The Satisfied Heart“)

This is a timeless devotional destined to be a classic for women. Ruth Myers’ writing exhibits a great passion for the Lord that leaps off the page. I felt my own hunger and longing for more of God, stirred up within the depths of my soul.

The book is targeted toward a Christian who needs a fresh touch in their relationship with Christ — to grow more deeply in Love with Him in their personal walk. It’s not an evangelistic book with a Gospel presentation. The book includes both a devotional and Ruth’s story of joy and heartache while continually turning back to the only source of true peace and contentment: God’s Love.

The main theme of this book is learning to know God more passionately by resting in His love and delight. Often when we think of drawing near to God, it seems like we have to do some work or task in order to get closer to Him. Yet, in reality, if we could just accept His Love and allow it to fill our Spirit, we would gain the intimacy and closeness we desire. This concept is showcased in many different forms and ways throughout the story to get this most important truth — Rest in God’s Love — in our heart and psyche.

Ruth highlights one of the things I love most about the Bible; as we read it and  it speaks more and more in our lives, it’s not just God’s story, but our story as well. His Word becomes the backdrop of the tapestry of our life. Throughout the book, Ruth combines God’s work in her life with a verse that spoke to her during that season or is related to the lesson to be learned.

Bible Verses, inspiring and thoughtful quotes and example prayers are the seasoning of the book that truly gives it flavor and the ability to satisfy. It’s so important to  gain a new insight and love for God’s Word in order to grow closer to Him. Ruth sees the Bible as the Love Story and Guide Book that it truly is.

The following prayer, which is on page 36 of the book, represent how I felt after reading the book:

Dear Lord, I thank You that I am Yours, that You know me through and through, and that it’s no accident You’ve led me to this book.

Father, I’ve tasted Your love, and I long to experience more deeply how You really feel about me. I long to know in my daily life the intense reality and great wonder of Your boundless love, which You so freely bestow on those who seek You.

Help me turn away from my misconceptions of Your love and from being casual or indifferent toward You. Help me to turn from hectic, frantic activity that often makes even my time with You so hurried. I ask that through Your Word You will speak to me of Your perfect love in powerful, life-changing ways.

I pray in Jesus’ name . . .

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I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I had never read a Ruth Myers book prior to requesting this book (or even heard of her). I was in a season of spiritual drought, so the title lept at me as being a most necessary touch of refreshment — and it left me most satisfied.

I wanted to know more about Ruth Myers and her life. I found out she had recently passed away (11/8/2010). The following article from The Navigators is a nice memorial with pictures of her life and an overview of her work for the Lord. It’s touching to know that her inspired writing has a legacy beyond her life and still is able to touch and encourage lives.

Below is another resource I found with free downloadable audio from Ruth Myers and a few PDFs:

 

Book Review: Eat Your Peas Faithfully by Cheryl Karpen

Have you ever had that dear friend (or family member), who you wanted to let them know that they  mean the world to you . . . but, you just don’t know the words to say it?

That’s the purpose of this book. It combines a carefree way of delivering very important truths like:

  • You matter to both me and God!
  • I desire to completely know you and listen to you — and so does God!
  • Have Faith — God has a wonderful plan for your life.
  • You are a masterpiece of the living God — Special and Treasured!

Words of encouragement are written like a dance of letters across the page. Along with the scripture based thoughts and the corresponding Bible verses.

I love the story on the author page that describes how the book started; Cheryl Karpen (the author) had a dear young lady in her life that she wanted to encourage and let her know — you are really loved:  I want the best for you and I’m here for you. The reach of the book expanded from young adults to all ages, because everyone needs some encouragement and to know they are loved.

The subtext of “Eat Your Peas!” is because “They are good for you”. And like the nutrition of peas, this book does offer nutrition for the soul — If it is savored and accepted by the heart. Therefore, my recommendation is after reading through it once at a faster pace, next . . . read through it slow. This would be especially a nice practice at the beginning or ending of the day. Rest in the truths about who God is — and what he desires for you. Pray to grow in faith to believe these important truths.

The two main reasons to buy this book are as a gift to someone (the primary context for the book). Second to use for personal devotions and reflection.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Book Reviews Coming Soon . . .

©2011 – Horia Varlan

As I’ve reflected on my own spiritual growth; it’s quite clear that one of the primary factors was books. By reading a variety of books, I’ve been able to gain tools, ideas and encouragement that have helped me grow and develop as a Christian. Books give us an opportunity to listen in and learn from the messages the Holy Spirit is putting on the hearts and minds of others. It’s easy to read a book and then rush onto the next book or simply the next activity without taking the time to figure out the most important question, “Ok, now what . . How do I APPLY this to my life?”

My book reviews are going to be both overviews of the book – why I think it’s useful, who it will benefit, my favorite nuggets of wisdom and most importantly: how God is using it to challenge and grow me. This will hopeful be useful to you, the reader, but will also prove to be a profitable exercise for me. As I review my favorite books from over the years, I predict that it will be an amazing journey of growth for me, learning and re-learning lessons.

If you read or have read the books being reviewed it would be a good opportunity to chime in on what you found useful and share your wisdom as well.

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