Friday, July 16, 2010

Reflecting Him Virtual Book Tour


Reflecting Him Virtual Book Tour
Guest Blog by Carla McDougal

Hey Friends! Thanks for stopping by the Reflecting Him Virtual Book blog tour.  The author of this amazing study, Carla McDougal, is sharing a guest post from her book, Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It. I pray you take some time to find out more about this incredible new Bible Study!  I'll be doing a review of the book in the next couple of days.
Spiritual Training

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
– 1 Corinthians 9:25

Endurance means having the necessary stamina to complete a task. It requires patience and staying power. A marathon runner might be born with the ability to run long distances, but this natural gift doesn’t mean he or she is automatically able to run twenty-six miles. It takes time to strengthen his or her muscles and lung capacity. He or she begins by running short distances and, over time, builds up endurance to run farther and farther. This slow training process gives the runner an aptitude for resilience during the race’s difficult moments.

As a Christian, the minute you accept Jesus into your life you are given the ability to develop your relationship
with Him, but it takes time and steadfastness to deepen your walk with Him. It is like training for a marathon. To stay strong throughout the race, you need to build your staying power ahead of time. Spending time in the Word and in prayer develops faith and trust. The more you work out under the master Trainer, the more refined your spiritual strength. And as a result, “Reflecting Him” becomes automatic!

Stay steady in your spiritual workouts. Train for the long distances. Realize God allows you to break a sweat sometimes during your spiritual training. This should give you a stronger faith and the necessary strength to endure the test of time. Remember, Jesus is cheering for you. Your other sisters and brothers in Christ are
cheering for you as well!

This is an excerpt from Carla’s 10-week Bible Study, Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It.

About Reflecting Him
Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It is a ten-week women’s Bible study. Like Jesus’ parables (which teach important lessons by creating visual pictures for the reader), Reflecting Him uses familiar objects and situations (such as pottery, the human sensory system, and the sun-earth connection) and draws comparisons that help women become aware of Jesus working in various areas of their daily lives. 
The study is a unique and convenient lay-flat format, so you can write without that annoying bump (you know the one we're talking about.) Each week is divided into five days (lessons), supporting the central theme for the week. Read the first two chapters (or weeks) online. 
The study also has an online component through a Reflecting Him Bible Study Group on Facebook. Individuals working through the study on their own can still get the benefits of a group discussion while working at their own pace. More than 200 people are in the group already and the discussions are really taking off. This fall a leaders guide, videos, and music will be released to accompany the study.

Carla McDougal is the founder of Reflective Life Ministries and Share Fair, an annual conference for connecting, equipping, and encouraging women in ministry. She speaks at women’s events, retreats, and conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Carla married her high school sweetheart, Fred, and they have four children ages 16 to 23 and live in Magnolia, Texas. Reflecting Him: Living for Jesus and Loving It (WinePress Publishing, 2010) is Carla’s first book, although she’s been involved in leading and teaching Bible studies for more than 20 years. Carla writes a Monday morning e-votional at her blog, Carla's Corner.

Want Carla To Lead a Lesson for Your Bible Study Group?
With every group purchase of 25 or more studies before August 1, Carla will lead a tele-lesson (over speaker phone) for one of your group meetings. Please email windy(at)reflectivelifeministries.org to purchase books. Mention the blog tour and tele-lesson at the time of ordering. You can purchase Reflecting Him through Amazon, Christianbook.com, or Reflective Life Ministries.

The Reflecting Him Blog Tour, hosted by RedCouch PR, is June 20 - July 16. Yesterday's post was at CafĂ© Lily and tomorrow the tour will end at Book Reviews by Buuklvr81. Follow along to read a different guest post, interview, or review each day. 

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