Book Reviews, Books of the Month

Books of the Month: August 2013

It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life by Joan C. Webb: I have enjoyed several months of daily insight from this devotional. I recommend it to other recovering perfectionists! 4 stars

The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy: This romantic classic is a favorite of my literary friends, and now I am adding it to my list of favorites. 5 stars

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One Good Thing Every Day: June 19, 2013

“Give up striving to keep everything under control–an impossible task and a waste of precious energy….My guidance for each of My children is unique. That’s why listening to Me is so vital for your well-being.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

“We’re invited to join the Father, Son, and Spirit on the mountain top or in the valley.” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life

Psalm 5:11 NIV

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Jude 24-25

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Joshua 1:5

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

The words above mingle with those echoing through the community college lounge. I am waiting for my first child to finish his placement test. In many ways, his future will be determined by the results. Yet, in many ways, his future will remain a mystery. As a mother, it comforts me to know that during his mountain-top experiences and his valley-wanderings, God will never leave him. As a home educator, assurance rests in daily relinquishing control to God’s plan for each of my children. I revel in these benedictions. Blessings are my priceless compensation for my dedication. They are my consolation regardless of worldly standards.

I am so captivated by these thoughts, my son must touch my shoulder to get my attention. He places a sheet of paper on the table. Catapulting joy sets our feet on another mountain-peak moment!

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One Good Thing Every Day: May 24, 2013

“Normally the daily problems we face aren’t the end of the world. Yet, even if they did bring the end, we would see Jesus face to face. Either way, we win.” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life

“I want you to walk with me in the garden of your heart, where I have taken up residence.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Psalm 89:15 NIV

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
    who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

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One Good Thing Every Day: May 22, 2013

“Our carefully designed plans and dreams may not come to fruition as we hope or pray.” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life

Joshua 1:8b NASB

“Be careful to do according to all that is written in [the Book of Life]; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

1 Peter 5:6 NIV

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

John 14:6 NIV

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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One Good Thing Every Day: May 21, 2013

Ecclesiastes 1:8, 14 NLT

Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.

“Unless fulfillment is sought from God, your soul will not find true happiness.” from A Jane Austen Devotional

“…we can cease sacrificing who we are for the sake of another’s ego-needs or our own desire for protection from negative reaction.” from Joan C. Webb’s It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life

“Stop all your striving, and watch to see what I will do.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

Romans 8:31-32 NIV

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Micah 7:7 NIV

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;
    my God will hear me.