Made for the Journey Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Made for the Journey One Missionary’s First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador by Elisabeth Elliot, first published as These Strange Ashes, tells the story of the beginning of her life as a missionary.

The thing that impressed me most with Elisabeth’s vivid retelling of her first year as a young missionary in the jungles of Ecuador, is the honesty in which she tells her story. Nothing is sugar-coated or made to look glamorous. She details the struggles, the questions, making do with the barest of necessities, balancing necessary physical needs of life with pursuing God’s calling, and acceptance of God’s sovereignty when things don’t turn out as hoped and planned.

Near the conclusion of her book Elisabeth makes several statements which, to me, were powerful. One such statement was a story told about Jesus, the disciples, and stones. As Elisabeth tells it, the story goes like this.

As Jesus and his disciples walked along a stony road, Jesus asked each of them to choose a stone to carry for him. John chose a large one while Peter chose the smaller. Jesus led them then to the top of a mountain and commanded that the stones be made bread. Each disciple, by this time tired and hungry, was allowed to eat the bread he held in his hand, but of course Peter’s was not sufficient to satisfy his hunger. John gave him some of his.

Some time later Jesus again asked the disciples to pick up a stone to carry. This time Peter chose the largest of all. Taking them to a river, Jesus told them to cast the stones into the water. They did so, but looked at one another in bewilderment.

“For whom,” Jesus asked, “did you carry the stone?”

Whatever we feel the Lord has called us to do for him, perhaps the question we need ask ourselves is the one asked in Elisabeth’s story.

For whom did we carry the stones?

Reading Elisabeth Elliot’s story made me look at my life and evaluate it in a new way. Perhaps it will do the same for you.

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

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Day by Day Through the Gospel of John Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Day by Day Through the Gospel of John is a compilation of 365 devotions and meditations written in the second half of the nineteenth century by Charles Spurgeon, Alexander Maclaren, Joseph Parker, Hudson Taylor and others, edited by Lance Wubbels.

These meditations of insights go verse by verse through the gospel of John. While not all of the verses in John are covered in Day by Day Through the Gospel of John, most are. Some of the verses are covered by several authors.

As with any compilation, there were some authors’ styles I resonated with more than others. One thing which could be said for each devotion, regardless who wrote it, is the meditations in Day by Day Through the Gospel of John are not light or quick reads. Each of the devotions requires the reader invest thoughtfulness into the reading.

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

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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You’ve Got This Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

You’ve Got This (because God’s got you) by KariAnne Wood is a tiny book filled with 52 powerful devotions full of scripture, short stories, and prayers written to uplift and encourage.

Just my kind of book.

In her devotion titled, “Hello Goliath”, KariAnne tells of a time her son’s baseball team was scoreless until he hit a home run. She emphasized the fact baseball “seeds” planted over years of games led to that particular harvest.

What I appreciated from this particular devotion, is the following:

Sometimes the harvest isn’t for us. Sometimes we sow seeds, not knowing if they’ll ever grow … sometimes we never see the seeds bloom. But that doesn’t mean we stop planting. We simply need to plant and water and nurture our seeds in the soil of today.

And trust in the god who’s got tomorrow.

 

If you could use a bit of daily encouragement, and who couldn’t? then pick up You’ve Got This (because God’s got you).

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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Burden of Proof Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If you enjoy fast-paced Christian romantic suspense with characters, twists, and turns that keep you guessing until the final chapter, then DiAnn Mills’ Burden of Proof  is the book for you.

Filled with likable, as well as despicable, characters Burden of Proof tells the story of FBI hostage negotiator, April Ramos, and her kidnapper, Jason Snyder, as they work together to solve a murder in a small east Texas town run by a corrupt sheriff.

After a strange woman thrusts an infant into April’s arms and runs off, Jason shows up demanding she turn the child over to him.

Jason seems sincere, but should April actually trust a fugitive accused of murdering his best friend while he’s pointing a gun at her?

In a town filled with secrets, April must rely on all her skills to discover the truth, while Jason works hard to prove his innocence and find the real murderer.

When I began Burden of Proof, I didn’t expect to get hooked on the story so fast, but I sure enough did. I imagine you will too, as you follow the twists and turns DiAnn so expertly weaves throughout April and Jason’s story.

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

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Sandy

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Silencing Insecurity Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Donna Gibbs’ book, Silencing Insecurity, she exposes the thieves of our identity, uncovers the problems those thieves leave behind, and looks at the messes individuals in Scripture found themselves in because of identity theft.

As a licensed Christian counselor, Donna wrote Silencing Insecurity from that point of view. It is not a quick or easy read you can skim over and expect to understand. It is a book that needs to be read thoughtfully to obtain the encouragement and guidance each page holds. Because psychology is an interest of mine, this was not a problem for me. For others, it might be.

The first part of the book covers typical things that impact our sense of identity and looks at how Satan works hard to steal from us.

The second section explores how false beliefs create unnecessary challenges regarding our mind, emotions, and relationships, as well as spirituality and life development.

The final section centers on the Audience of One – God. It shows why he is worthy of our dependence and is the one who defines our identity.

Each chapter contains a set of questions at the end for personal reflection and application. Like I mentioned earlier, if you are serious about working through issues which push you toward feelings of insecurity, you shouldn’t rush through these.

The appendix contains four pages of Scripture Truths for a Secure Identity for when you experience rejection, feel unworthy or not good enough, feel shame or regret your past, feel all alone, are overwhelmed, feel broken, fear the future, or when you need to be reminded you are free.

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

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below.

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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