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Written in a warm, personal, and easy-to-read-and-understand style, Beyond Me is an invitation to pursue true discipleship. Beyond Me will help you clearly see the distinction between your ever-increasing clash of cultures—the clash between life and death or, in other words, wanting to live in such a way that puts others first but struggling with your desire for self-preservation. Full of poignant, humorous, but always vulnerable and meaningful examples, Beyond Me has current, historical, and biblically ...
Written in a warm, personal, and easy-to-read-and-understand style, Beyond Me is an invitation to pursue true discipleship. Beyond Me will help you clearly see the distinction between your ever-increasing clash of cultures—the clash between life and death or, in other words, wanting to live in such a way that puts others first but struggling with your desire for self-preservation. Full of poignant, humorous, but always vulnerable and meaningful examples, Beyond Me has current, historical, and biblically documented insights and teachings to support this higher calling for believers to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Each chapter contains interactive application questions, and the content addresses such topics as having a heart that is conciliatory, merciful, and gracious; loves unconditionally; seeks God and His righteousness first; depends on God; and answers the call to sacrificial service.
Posted August 16, 2009
This book was pretty good. It was very deep. Being non-fiction, it took me much longer to read that most books. However, it had some beautiful stories in it that illustrated the points that were being made. That was my favorite part of this book. This would be a great tool to facilitate discussion at a home Bible study or in a women's group.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2009
Kathi Macias slices right through the "Me-First" sickness plaguing our culture. The tip of that knife exposed my own tendency to lethargy and pitfall of "good things". What does God have in mind for me? Can I find the New Testament Jesus in today's trappings?
Macias calls from personal examples and meaty scripture," Search!" Search hard for a relationship with God that is more than just a glance through a dusty rearview mirror. Let the principles of "Beyond Me" kindle the coals in your soul that cry for fire.
Two hundred pages, places to scribble, and sidebars that hook you. I'll be hanging on to this book for a long time. But I'll share.
Posted September 20, 2008
Since the day I became a Christian, my desire has been to grow in my faith. The Bible is that foundation as I read and study. Other books help my understanding of God's word. The new book : BEYOND ME Living a You- first life in a me-first world is a must for greater insights into familiar Bible passages. Author, Kathi Macias pulled me into this book as if we were on a journey together. I learned very much about our human nature that so quickly thinks of self --first. But the happiest life is the one who puts God first. She explains scriptures to help in this experience. I also learned about a hard heart that can pull one away from a God -first direction. Heartfelt illustrations of family and friends are sprinkled throughout the pages so that I could identify with the feelings in Kathi's heart. Do not let another day pass until you too become an excited reader of BEYOND ME. You will be thankful and very inspired.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2008
Great love can startle, shake, and even scare us. But for those who will follow its path, the rewards are exceeding and eternal. This is the kind of love the author encourages us to embrace in Beyond Me, as she teaches God¿s ultimate message: Choose love, choose life. For those who want to live a less selfish life, a life more Christ-like, this book will help. To some occasions of insightful Scripture-based teaching I found my mind saying 'Hmm, that's interesting,' and 'Neat, didn't know that.' To the honest sharing, I felt my heart responding, grateful to know that others have their less-than-loving episodes too, and encouraged to see how God's grace can change things. Then, there was a stunned 'Wow, look at what God can do' (Sam and Michele's story starting on pg 83) and some tears (about Mark, pg 75) and chuckles (Brittney's comment, pg 115). Most of all, this book gave me courage to know that one more person (Macias) is actually living what Christ taught. And, Kathi not only shares about her struggles on the path she's still walking, the path of a Christ-follower, she shares about the growth we can all experience. Beyond Me is a book you can relate to, and learn from. --a pilgrim on the path of you-first livingWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2008
I admit that after scanning the table of contents when I picked up my friend Kathi Macias' book, 'Beyond Me. Living a You-First Life in a Me-First World,' I went directly to the appendix! I adored my father and no way could I wait until after I'd read the entire book to see what Kathi had written about her dad. Unusual as it might be, the appendix, with Kathi's story of her dad, became my launch pad into the balance of her wonderfully created guide to living life more fully. In each chapter, she gently lifted me, shaking the pretense out of me, skillfully opening Scripture time and time again with examples of how to live for others within a world that so much of the time is utterly 'me first.' As I read Kathi's words, she walked me through those familiar scriptures with new eyes. I filled in blanks with my personal experiences and was uplifted in the promise that with Jesus, I really can live more fully beyond myself. If you, like me, tend to skim quickly across the surface of busy days, you will be taught and mentored well in using Beyond Me in your daily meditation and worship. Keep it close, drink it in, and allow it to help stretch and strengthen your spiritual walk with the Lord. Sally Chambers, Author of Contemporary Inspirational FictionWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2008
Who wants to admit, ¿Life is really all about me. I¿m the center of my own universe. In fact, let me teach you my personal theme song¿`Me me me me me me me.¿¿ Confession: I¿ve had to do exactly that on a few occasions: admit to myself and God that, despite my humble appearances, I was totally self-absorbed at times. As a professional writer, occasional speaker, and member of my church worship team I received a lot of pats on the back from friends and family. At the same time I entered adulthood with a lot of hidden insecurities that triggered the need for validation and constant reminders that I was loved. I never set out to put myself first. I¿m known for being generous, kind, and compassionate. But a series of circumstances revealed that my need to be the best, the most loved friend, and on and on often caused even my ministries and acts of kindness to be about me. Ouch! When I found out about Kathi Macias¿ new book Beyond Me: Living a You-First Life in a Me-First world I knew I needed to read it. I got sucked in immediately, as she told the story of when God told her, ¿Somebody needs to set up the chairs.¿ Could I ever relate? She went on to share her testimony of how she came to Christ and learned to truly live for Him, challenging the reader to examine what it really means to live for Christ? I wouldn¿t say that this is an easy book to read. It¿s convicting and sobering. Yet, Kathi writes in such a warm, relatable, vulnerable style that I never felt hammered or condemned. Instead I wanted to let God use her words to continue changing me. Each chapter includes examples from her own life and how she learned about sacrifice, serving, Christ-like love, and pursuing God¿s heart. Her reflective questions and space for recording thought provide opportunities to record what He is doing. It¿s no exaggeration when I say that every Christian should read this book. No matter how closely we guard our exposure to media we are constantly bombarded with ¿Self first¿ messages. Beyond Me is a beautiful reminder of Who really comes first 'or should come first' in our lives. I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this book. Instead I¿ll encourage you to experience it for yourself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2010
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