Would you be bold enough to challenge God with your life? Helen Bancroft did in Lori Roeleveld’s, Red Pen Redemption.
It’s a story of Helen’s self-justification and self-indulgence. She is both hero and villain. I loved her and hated her. I wanted to reach through the pages and shake her by her shoulders, then I wanted to hug her close to protect her. Ironically, it wasn’t until I was closing into the end of the story that I realized I had seen myself—my own life—reflected in parts of this story.
Roeleveld’s use of scripture soothed, guided, and enticed me as a reader. She also expertly offered example after example how Helen tried to look God in the proverbial face, only to blink and turn away. Just as I had tried in the past, and if you dare to read this, you may see yourself, too.
I rarely give five stars ratings. I think five-stars are reserved for mothers to give their children. But this book has what it takes to change lives. A tall order for a piece of fiction. Lori Roeleveld’s, Red Pen Redemption is slated to be a beloved Christmas Season staple for years to come.
Last Saturday I spoke to several groups of inner city women on the subject of forgiveness. Days before the event, I began spending time in prayer asking God to push me out of the way so His words could be heard. I thanked Him for such a great opportunity given to me.
When Saturday came, I was pleased to see the groups of ladies signed up for our session were small enough to allow the women to feel safe in sharing their stories. We visited subjects from drug abuse to children in prison. Our conversations went from dealing with abusers to moving on from self-loathing. All subjects were cloaked in the purpose of forgiveness. Continue reading →
Ever find that every step you take you feel like you’re two steps behind?
That’s me. My 2016 goals are in place. I have a plan to meet each goal. And they’re good goals, too! The first week of the year went rather smoothly … pacing myself, telling myself You can do this. It’s a piece of cake!
If you’re like me, something happens to throw you off your game. It could be the simple trip to the store for a few things that turns into buying enough supplies to get through Armageddon. Or maybe your neighbor needs you to watch their kids for a while so they can help a relative stricken with the flu. Better yet, your spouse wants to start on that project you’ve been wanting done for years—only they need your supervision.
I love being challenged, and Kim’s blog routinely does just that. I dare you to read her latest blog and not feel her stepping on your toes once or twice. If you didn’t feel it, maybe you aren’t being as honest with yourself as you should.
Thanks, Kim, for putting words to a frustrating feeling many experience. Continue reading →
I read The Write Conversation this morning and thought it was brilliant and had to share. Indeed … I’m choosing “indeed” as my word of the year. Here’s why:
Exodus 3:7 God sees us and our blights
Psalms 85:12 God promises good things
Psalms 121:4 God promises protection
Proverbs 2:3 God promises wisdom
Luke 12:7 Jesus stresses our value
John 4:14 Jesus promises eternal life
John 8:36 Jesus promises freedom
Thanks, Edie Melson, for the challenge. Now it’s your turn. Let me know if you have a verse or word for 2015.
In God Loves Broken People, Sheila Walsh explores the feeling of brokenness in a world where we are expected to have lives that fit in neat little packages. She offers story after story and example after example of how pain has been internalized or when we believe the lie that we are useless to God as we are. Sheila challenges the reader to allow—and even promote—these circumstances to assist in growing closer to God. And as is Sheila’s style, personal examples are shared as she dealt with her own brokenness.
God Loves Broken People offers hope for those who deal with emotional wounds from either past or present relationships. It shares stories as well as scriptures from some of the most broken people found in the Bible. As a bonus, it even includes a Bible study guide for a more in-depth coverage for individuals or even small groups.
This is another great book from Sheila Walsh. I would recommend it for any who is hurting and looking for a fresh new perspective; on the beauty of brokenness. Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.