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Posted June 19, 2012
I read this book over the past couple of days. At first I thought the methods he suggested were sorta simplistic (like "serve someone in a practical way"), but the further I got into this book, the more I could see how following the challenges in it would work.
This book would make an excellent book to give to somone feeling like there's no way they could improve their relationship with God (but they still want to) or those who were just beginning their walk with the Lord. Either way--some things you might find you already do. Some might surprise you. And several will cause you to stop and think and grow.
I loved one particular phrase in the book: "Part of growing closer to God is learning how to love Him more than you love His blessings."
Wow, what a concept! Can we love Him more than we love His blessings? I hope so. If my job is pulled out from under me, if the market goes south with all my investments, if I lose my home, if someone I love dies, if I become seriously ill--will I still praise and love God?
40 Ways isn't listed as such, but in my ever-so-humble opinion, this would make an excellent Bible Study. There's nothing quite as maturing as gathering with other Christians and mentoring each other. One may have greater strengths here, another there. Together we make a stronger chord than any person working alone.
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Posted November 1, 2011
Spiritual Exercises to Stretch and Grow
For the Christian looking to get a little deeper into their walk with God, this book offers 40 opportunities to stretch and grow while becoming more active in one's faith and reaching out to others. 40 Ways offers 40 different activities designed to stretch and grow the reader while providing practical applications in the form of challenges.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Designed to be a 40 day walk, this book could easily become a weekly study for the individual or for a group. Each chapter is a short 4 or so pages, complete with a story, challenge, scripture and journaling space.
Topics include: serving others, scripture memorization, prayer, scripture reading, and visiting elderly in a nursing home among many others. Designed to force one out of the box a little, there are some challenging chapters that force one to stretch outside of comfort limits, but to the reward of growth. A definite keeper, this book is for the Christian who needs a little shove to get moving, or for those who are wanting some more depth to their walk.
I was provided a copy of this book for review by Bethany House Publishers. I was in no way compensated for my review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All thoughts on this book are my own.
Posted October 2, 2011
Practical and Proactive Assistance on Your Spiritual Journey
When we're in crisis, we call on God for help. When the crisis passes, all too often we return to our routines, disconnect from God, and then we wonder why we feel disconnected or as though God's forgotten us, put us on ignore, abandoned us. We want something. We want more. We want that connection. But we haven't a clue how to get it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In 40 Ways to Get Closer to God, MacGregor and Wyatt-Kent offer a practical (and very doable) plan for recognizing that the something more we want is an up-close and personal relationship with God, and that yearning for a connection to our Creator in our daily lives requires action--not from Him, from us.
Readers are given an opportunity in the form of a 40-day challenge to become active in their own transformation from one who lives distant and one who works to close the gap. While God's love is constant and unconditional, our relationship with God is two-part: His and ours. It's our part that is the focus of this insightful book, and it is in those insights we find keys to our personal spiritual advancement.
Steeped in Scripture, shared wisdom from those who have previously made this journey, and from Macgregor's personal journey, this book issues an open invitation to any who choose to embrace it. That invitation is to make your own personal journey. And should you accept, at its end what you discover is a new beginning. One where you have spiritually grown and you grasp your innate need to continue to grow. A path where you walk closer with God.
Note: This book is practical not preachy. It's conversational not authoritarian or lofty; more like a chat over coffee with a good friend than an instructional guide. The challenges inspire, make you eager to tackle them, not overwhelmed at the prospect or intimidated into doing nothing. It's a book you'll read and assess, then read again and again to digest. For in its apparent simplicity is a wealth of wisdom.
Posted November 10, 2011
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