Joyful Surrender Book Review

In Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Joyful Surrender, previously published under the title Discipline, she states, “Disciple is not my claim on Christ, but the evidence of his claim on me.”

With this quote the author set the stage for her discussion of seven disciplines she felt important in the Christian life. These are the disciple of the body, mind, place-as in place of honor, time, possessions, work, and feelings.

Several things I felt important to highlight from this book follow.

In the chapter on discipline of the mind, one thought Ms. Elliot discussed is when we find ourselves wondering why we continue to do a thing we despise, the enemy has made use of an area of weakness as his power base, and he hits us again and again in the same area. She notes the only weapons adequate to deal with such strongholds are those that are mighty through God. The same Spiritual Weapons Paul mentions in the sixth chapter of Ephesians.

In discussing the discipline of the use of our time spent alone with God, the author suggests we :

  • Let it be a regular time.
  • Have a special place.
  • Let your prayer include worship, thanksgiving, confession of sin, petition, and intercession.
  • Keep a spiritual journal, noting lessons learned, Scriptures applied to a particular need, and prayers answered.
  • Read a portion of the Bible in some ordered sequence three chapters a day and five on Sunday.

As I read Joyful Surrender, it seemed the author’s purpose was to lecture the reader more than it was to inspire the reader. Others may feel differently about the style of this book, however.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

A Cloud by Day A Fire by Night Book Review

Drawn from a sermon series A.W. Tozer delivered on the theme of God’s will for our lives, A Cloud by Day, a Fire by Night compares the battles Christians face almost daily to the battles the Israelites faced during their forty-year journey to Canaan.

As Tozer points out, there is no such thing as easy steps in discovering God’s will for our life. It’s a matter of finding God’s will for our next step or decision, and being faithful to the end.

Believing Christianity is a progressive upgrading of our walk with Jesus Christ, Tozer said no challenge we face is bigger than God. Not one challenge could ever surprise God because when we start our journey, God knows the beginning, end, and everything in between. He concluded this thought saying, nothing can happen to us God hasn’t prepared us to handle.

There were several other key points I came away with after reading A Cloud by Day A Fire by Night, but I’ll leave you with this one.

The enemies Israel faced in the Promised Land were not there by accident. They were there by God, and God prepared Israel to deal with them. Israel dwelt with the enemies on God’s terms. He was preparing them for their destination.

Before we can have a victory, we have to have a battle. Every battle makes us stronger. Every battle prepares us for the next battle.

Something to think about.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.

Far Side of the Sea Book Review

In a war-torn country filled with espionage and spies, who do you believe when placing your trust in the wrong person could cost your life?

This is the question British Intelligence Officer, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, must ask himself after he receives a desperate message from France asking him to come at once because of a promise of love.

Set in1918 Europe during World War I, Far Side of the Sea, by Kate Breslin, tells the story of Colin Mabry and Johanna Reyer, a woman who works in a dovecote for the French Army Intelligence. Together, they search for Johanna’s half sister who one year earlier helped save Colin’s life.

With believable characters and historical facts that lend authenticity to Far Side of the Sea without bogging down the reader, I highly recommend this fast paced book full of unexpected twists and turns is a must read for fans of historical romance laced with wartime suspense. The inclusion of messenger pigeons was a plus for me.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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When Life Doesn’t Match Our Dreams Book Review

In When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams author Jill Eileen Smith joins her skill as a novelist with biblical research to explore the stories of twelve women from the Old Testament whose life didn’t match their dreams. In these pages Jill takes these women’s stories and points out areas where their lives relate in some way to the lives of women today.

Each chapter begins with a section which narrates the biblical event from the women’s point of view, then moves to how Jill feels these events relate to her own, and possibly the reader’s, experiences.

The chapters end with thoughts to ponder and questions to spur further self-evaluation and application of lessons learned from these twelve women’s lives.

The lives of Eve, Noah’s wife, Sarah, Hagar, Lot’s wife, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Potiphar’s wife, Tamar, and Zipporah are explored in When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams.

While I didn’t always see how the dots and points the author used between the women of the Bible and women today connected in every story, there were several I did.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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No More Faking Fine Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In No More Faking Fine, based on the theme of lamenting, Esther Fleece tells readers God meets them in their hurts and pain when they go to him in honest lament without a façade of fine. The author says, “God meets us where we are at and not where we pretend to be.”

Through recounting her broken childhood and dysfunctional family life Esther shows how she faked fine to deal with the pain. It took years before she realized God wants to hear our laments in order to heal us.

Some of the points Esther considered:

  • Was God doing this to me, or was God allowing this to happen?
  • Pain is not my fault. God is still with and for me.
  • Lament is expressing honest emotions to God when life isn’t going as planned.
  • We will be unsuccessful at sitting with hurting people if we have not allowed ourselves to grieve and go through the lament process ourselves.
  • Faking it will make me strong is a false promise of coping mechanisms.
  • Stuffing our emotions keeps the pain internalized where it can continue doing damage.
  • Not all pain has a direct cause and effect. Suffering may simply be a result of living in a fallen world, not a demonstration of God’s disfavor.
  • Real compassion to a person in pain is choosing not to project reasons and formulas on the why of a person’s suffering.
  • We can pray for specific outcomes, but need to be open to God’s response and not make our faith dependent on the answer I want.

A lot to think about.

Is there anything in Esther’s list that speaks to where you are at this point in time?

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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