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Posted May 8, 2011
love her humor and honesty!
Minter puts a different spin on "clothing ourselves" with the virtues listed in the Bible: kindness, humility, compassion, patience and joy. Yet sometimes it's easier said than done to extend these virtues. When you're really busy, having patience can seem impossible. Or when you're going through a dark time, finding joy can be like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Minter also tackles the themes of living a life that's holy, understanding God's love for us and the need, as women, to feel chosen. She talks about how God can bring good from any situation. She talks about the story of Joseph and makes the point: "Joseph's brothers sold him, but God sent him.He [God] was present when his brothers mocked him, when his coat was stripped, when he was sold to merchants. He was present when someone lied about him and someone else forgot him. God never left him. And He has never left us." When we can "wear" the virtues as God intends, we're able to experience true joy.
I loved Minter's humor and honesty. She exposes her own flaws and failures and allows you to connect with her. She sprinkles her humor throughout the book, causing me to laugh out loud at times. I want to take the time to read this book again when I can carefully go through it instead of having to rush through it to finish it in time. She makes so many good points and has a very easy writing style. Her words seem to flow and made this book a good read.
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Posted August 19, 2013
A very good bible study!
This is really a very good bible study and read! It brings a better understanding on the character of Christ and what he wants and expects from all of his followers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2012
Posted June 24, 2011
It's soon midsummer here, and sadly in Finland that means a lot of boozing for a lot of people.
What is interesting about boozing is that people often say things that they wouldn't normally say when they are drunk. It's a time when your real thoughts and feelings can get exposed. And sometimes that's ugly. Not because you or I are ugly on the outside, but because of sin we have ugly spots and stains on the inside. They tend to manifest when we let down our guard - some, admittedly, with more devastating consequences than others.
What really matters is what's on the inside - the real you and me. Am I mean spirited? Is that what comes out when I let down my guard, or do I manifest the true nature of a Christian? As Paul puts it to the Galatians . where is the
and the self-control?
I've just finished reading a rather interesting book called The Fitting Room.
On the cover is a tailor's dummy.
In his letter to the Collosians, Paul writes
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12)
It's where the author, Kelly Minter, gets the theme for her book.
It's an interesting picture isn't it?
As followers of Jesus, do we chose to clothe oursleves with the character and nature of God?
And are we willing to allow ourselves to have a fitting for that clothing?
It's there the fashion metaphor falters a little bit. After all it's not the clothing that is pared down (or expanded) in order that the clothing called compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience fits us is it? It is us who need to be changed, moulded and made to fit the clothing i.e. the character of Christ.
Kelly Minter gets this.
Her book tries to move us beyond the striving of trying to make ourselves more compassionate, kinder and more loving.
And its a tool which can help you and me be clothed by Christ.
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Posted June 9, 2011
Very much enjoyed this book
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Today I would like to share with you a wonderful book called The Fitting Room by Kelly Minter. ?
In this book Kelly Minter breaks down the verse Colossians 3:12. Chapter by chapter she explains how we can put on the virtues of peace, kindness, humility, compassion, patience, and joy. We have to realize that these aren't just things that we can suddenly be. They are all things to work on; they don't come naturally to us in our own self. They come from Christ living in us.
I appreciate her writing style and how the book has the feel of a conversation with a friend. Her honesty in sharing real life stories as well as her humor really add to this book. There were so many little "nuggets" in this book that made me stop and think as I was reading.
One part that really stood out to me was in one of the chapters on peace. She talked about Jonah and his running from God and how sometimes it's our own choices that hinder us from having peace.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book and recommend it to you. It has study questions in the back and I could see it being very appropriate for a group study with friends or a church group.
Thank you to Audra at The B & B Media Group for providing this book for my honest review.
Posted August 2, 2011
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