Tuesday, October 16, 2012
There comes a time in each of our lives when we have to stop and put things back into perspective. When I heard about Mary's new book, Everything, I knew I just had to get my hands on it. I was intrigued to see where she would go with this book. I've read several of Mary DeMuth's books over the years and have always been challenged, stretched and inspired by her story...but this...this was something more.
I've been a believer for many years now, which is a gracious gift that all too often can be taken for granted. I wanted to rekindle the fire and passion that I once had...when Jesus really was my Everything, but wasn't quite sure how to get back to that point.
What is so profoundly perfect about this book that Mary has written is that is takes you on a journey through three sections where she comes alongside you, not in the wagging her finger in your face sort of way, but in the way a fellow sojourner would. Arm in arm. Step by step.
The three steps are in the sections;
Section One: Head -- What We think
Section To: Heart -- Who We Are
Section Three: Hands -- How We Live
I had so many highlights, underlines, notes, comments and aha! moments (182 of them according to my Kindle)...and I can't share them all with you, but here are a few of my favorite aha!'s;
...and, one more
...soooo good, right?
Check out the book trailer for a little more info on what Everything is all about.
Here's a little snippet about the book;
“I don’t write this book as a condemnation or as a sermon. The last thing I want to do is provide a ‘how to be the best Christian in ten easy steps’ guide. I pen these words as a fellow struggler who is learning that what we think about God matters, how we allow Him to reign in our hearts matters, and how we obey Him in the moment matters. It all matters. Everything.”
Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has been abused, foreclosed, abandoned, and betrayed. She has been pressed and drained till it was too much . . .
But it was just enough to bring her to a place of surrender, piece by precious piece. In that surrender, she found the freedom of giving everything to God. And through Scripture, community, and the work of the Holy Spirit, she gives it all over again, every day.
In this gentle and challenging book, DeMuth describes the process and the nuances that shape us to be more like Christ. Her words are clear, vulnerable, and thought provoking, and every chapter is infused with Scripture.
Most of all, DeMuth provides personal and practical evidence that there is no greater pursuit than Christ. We must surrender everything, but it does not compare to the Everything He is, the Everything He gives.
Don't take my word on it...check out Everything for yourself! As a matter of fact, if you pickup a copy of the book this week (October 16-23) then Mary's giving you whole bunch of FREEBIES!
Go to her website for the Everything Release post with all the details...or you can click anywhere on this entire sentence and it will take you there.
On a more personal note;
I want to take a minute to celebrate with Mary...not only the release of her newest book, Everything, but also the release of her sweet baby girl, Julia, who has been in the hospital for the past couple of days.
As a mama who spent 51 days in the PICU with my oldest when he was 11 years old my heart has been broken for her knowing the journey of the endless waiting, beeping, tests, etc. Thank you Jesus for bringing Julia home with the family today, I truly believe it is not a coincidence...be praying that the doctors find out what's been going on.
Book Review: Everything, by Mary DeMuth
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