This is the story of a woman who loved well. She was a wife, mother, friend and faithful soul. Her story wandered through the valley of cancer and ended in heartbreak. But there were mighty lessons learned and love prevailed. If you wonder about the impact one person can make or if you've dealt with cancer in your family tree this is a beautiful book for you. Keep some Kleenex handy.
What are other valuable tear jerkers you've read ?
You know how everyone says half of all marriages end in divorce? Turns out that's not true. It's one of those things that has been repeated so often people think it's true. This is a smart, encouraging, hopeful book. Plus Andy Stanley wrote the forward so it has to be good.
What other urban myths have you believed? What's your favorite one to debunk?
I loved Charles Martin before Hollywood did. I am the kind of fan who owns, reads, loans, and pre-orders all his books. The Mountain Between Us is gorgeous. The movie adaption is opening today. I want to go see it.
I bet the book is better.
Have you read any of Charles Martin's other books? (Yes...yes I have). Which is your favorite?
If you've read my blog for any amount of time you know I let a lot of loose ends drag. And things clutter up. I think I have a junk magnet or perhaps its my kids. Yes. It must be my kids. Anyway - I've gone through several different programs to try and tackle the mess. I'm making progress. Room in my brain and my life. This book helped. Buy it. Maybe on a digital device so it doesn't clutter up your bookshelf. Or better yet borrow it from the library. I'm learning. I still need help with old photos and my kid's art. Hardest things to get rid of hands down.
What do you struggle getting rid of? Read any other books which helped?
I loved this book. If you've ever wondered about what happens after you die this is a great resource to investigate other people's near death experience stories. It includes discussions from people from all around the world, different ages, faith and backgrounds. You'll be encouraged.
Do you know anyone with a near death experience?
This is an ugly, heartbreaking, important and beautiful book. Ugly because the main character's chronic mental illness and suicide are, by nature, not pretty. Heartbreaking because its a true memoir told by the victim's wife. Important because people all around you struggle silently. Beautiful because the author's brave story gives a window into what went wrong, what could help and what gives her hope today. If you struggle with mental illness, with depression or with suicidal thoughts please know there are good options. You are greatly loved. Ask for help. If someone in your life shows symptoms you don't understand, ask those hard questions. This book may give you courage to do so.
As I watch the floods in Texas and the fires in the west the only spots of hope or joy are when people run to the hurting to help. That analogy works in mental health crisis too. Of course that must be done With great care to not endanger the rescuers. The best option seems to be to call in the professional. But ignoring the flood or fire only makes them worse. And help is available.
What books have you read which shed light on hard topics?
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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