Lacey Buchanan is a tiger mom. I would call her a mama bear but that's so cliche. Lacey Buchanan is anything but cliche. Her new book, Through the Eyes of Hope, is a honest, tough, messy and gorgeous look at embracing life and fighting for the ones you love.
Lacey and her husband had a fairytale romance and were thrilled when they discovered they were expecting. Ultrasounds reviewed a birth defect. The Buchanans decided to accept what God sent. However, when little Christian was born they were shocked by the degree of his birth defect. Christian was born with a severe cleft pallet and his eyes did not form. Enter doctors, surgeries, insurance forms and heartbreaking comments from strangers.
Lacey pours out their story with raw truth, plenty of grace around mistakes and the love of her son. The mighty abundance of God is what I saw the most. If you have ever struggled with questions about your life and how hardships can become your strength then you need to read this book. Grab some tissues.
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Lacey's viral video about her baby and the lessons she learned is a great way to start your day. Watch below.
My husband and I lead a small group in our house. Small group is one of the terms that churchs use to describe a group of people who get together routinely to study the bible and generally support each other through life. Our particular group has been together for over ten years. Some of the members have come and gone as happens and our group has grown too big and split off daughter groups twice. I love small group. I think the secret to success is involved with a few basic tips.
Show up consistently
Don’t trash talk anyone
Read good curriculum
Be brave enough to tell the truth
One of my favorite small group go-to-authors is Andy Stanley. Andy is pastor of mega-church North Point Community Church in Nashville, TN. He says that people worship in rows but grow in circles. Small groups are circles. He’s funny and engaging and thought provoking. Andy has the way of saying difficult things with compassion. He calls people to honest questions and thinking through how faith intersects with life. My favorite study was called The Best Question Ever. He’s come out with a new book version of this study in an updated format called “Ask It” The question that will revolutionize how you make decisions.
Here are my favorite quotations from the book.
“One of the primary reasons we don't seek counsel from the wise people around us is that we already know what we are going to hear--and we just don't want to hear it.”
"None of us plan --or intend--to get into trouble. The problem is, we don't plan not to."
"Our greatest moral regrets are always preceded by a series of unwise choices."
This study has stuck with me. If you struggle with how to move forward in your life you need to read this book. Andy Stanley and his team at North Point gave me a copy to give out to a reader. I’m drawing a winner from the Quirk-Email list tomorrow morning. If you haven’t joined yet and want a shot at the book enter here.
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Happiness is elusive. Dependent on circumstances. Fleeting. I feel happy on Christmas morning, at the gates of Disneyland and sitting down to a plate of homemade lasagna.
Problem is that when those circumstances change – when I’m walking into a hospital, in the midst of an argument, sitting in line at the dump or the DMV my emotions switch. Happiness is gone and in its place are feelings of fear, annoyance, sadness. Happiness is fun but grossly fickle.
There is a different way. In her book, Choose Joy, Kay Warren warmly shares her life’s journey through hard places to how she learned the secrets of Joy. Joy is the peace of God and assurance of His love. Joy can happen at birthday parties and funerals. While paying bills or baking cookies. On your best days and your worst. I love Kay’s book because it shares practical steps to learn how to live your days in Joy.
A few of my favorite quotes:
“We are going to experience joy in this lifetime, there’s only one possible way: We will have to choose it. We will have to choose it in spite of unbelievable circumstances."
"Those who love lavishly, extravagantly, find their souls flooded with joy.”
“When trials expose our faith-life, will others see us embracing both the joy and the pain of our life? We do not need to live out one and deny the other. Those around us need to recognize that both of these elements are part of life, and both give us hope for heaven.” - Kay Warren
Kay Warren sent me two copies of Choose Joy and a copy of the CHoose Joy Devotional to give out to readers. I'll be drawing winners tomorrow from the Quirk-Email subscription list. If you haven't signed up yet do so now to be included! Click HERE to sign up.
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Eric Metaxas is New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, former writer for Veggie Tales and radio show host is a brilliant and funny man. Good combo. Years ago, in a land far away (NYC), Eric created a forum for professionals to gather and discuss life's deep water questions. Like most good ventures, this forum birthed a book.
Socrates In the City, Conversation on “Life, God and Other Small Topics” is a collection of essays by some of today's brightest minds. Questions like “How Good Confronts Evil” or Making Sense out of Suffering”. Tough minded, witty and funny this book will challenge you to think deeply. No light weight faith allowed!
Some favorite quotes from the book:
"When it comes to a culture that exalts the self, Christianity is countercultural in the extreme." Charles W. Colson
"The God of love will not be the puppet master of the universe, pulling every string" Sir John Polkinghorne
"Even when God doesn't immediately tow us out of our suffering, the fact that he's with us in it is at the least the most impressive and satisfying answer to the problem of suffering that I know". Dr. Peter Kreeft
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In 2010 I spent ten days in Rwanda. Our team helped build a classroom and start up a medical clinic for a non-profit in Western Rwanda. On the last day of the trip we visited the Rwanda Genocide Museum. It is a haunting, awful, beautiful place. The atrocities of 1 million people killed in 90 days are told in photo and story. We all felt sick. While we were in country we spoke with people who had survived. People who had forgiven. People who had found peace. As we flew home I wondered if Rwanda would continue to rebuild. This beautiful country has proven to me that hope is possible in the darkest of circumstances.
Jonathan Tepperman has written a thoughtful, engaging book called The Fix, how nations survive and Thrive in a World in Decline. His chapter on Rwanda mirrored the truth I saw in country. The Rwandese are recovering because they embraced a radical idea - forgiveness.
Tepperman's book profiles ten staggering success stories. Times when the good guys won, when corruption was conquered, when poverty was rolled back. It's a hopeful and encouraging read. The truth is that crisis and heartache and despair seem rampant. I appreciated Tepperman's timely reminder that love and justice and fairness really are mighty tools.
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I love Jesus. I think my two daughters can change the world. I think you can too.
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