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Posted December 25, 2011
We all have perceptions of how "Christians" are suppose to walk the walk. We are quick to judge when they fall short of the glory. What we fail to realize is Christians make mistakes too. They are human.
Acacia Slaton Beumer, the author of ¿Launch Out Into the Deep,¿ has walked the walked. It wasn't always easy. She includes personal accounts to demonstrate the battle.
I really enjoyed ¿Launch Out Into the Deep.¿ Beumer includes biblical stories and personal situations to encourage one to give their spiritual being an awakening. The chapters are written for anyone to understand. One thing I loved was how each chapter ended with scripture, words of wisdom and discussion questions. The discussion questions allow you to reflect and apply teachings to your life. This is definitely one I would recommend.
Reviewed by: Jas
Posted November 19, 2011
Including beautifully written poetry and lovely illustrations, this book allows the reader to see glimpses of the journey the author's life has taken. Including personal experiences of healing and redemption - as well as witness of God's hand moving in the lives of friends and family members - it is an enjoyable read.
I particularly enjoyed the chapter recounting the story of Naomi & Ruth. I'm very familiar with this story, but I gained new insight and considered new ideas I hadn't ever read before.
I think the poetry and illustrations added a very personal touch to this book, and the discussion questions were considerably thorough and added meaning to the whole experience. All in all - I enjoyed reading this book.
Posted November 14, 2011
There is something to be said about a book that can so eloquently put scripture, words and poetry into one book. Faith bases or not, everyone should take the time to appreciate a book like this. This book also came at a well needed time for me. The power of Gods work! I am sure He put this book in my path at that exact moment in time for a reason. This book touched me on a personal level. I dove in to each chapter, keeping a journal to answer the questions at the end. I learned a lot about myself and I plan to go through and read it again. I have a lot to learn. I have personally battled depression since I was at least 9 years old, although I did not get treated until I was in my late 20s. It is a demon in my life even now that I constantly have to deal with. This book is full of truth and inspiration and I found I could relate to so much of what was written. What girl doesn¿t believe in her fairytale ending? Everyone has gone through some sort of hard times and even though it¿s not the sort of thing in which you want to bring people together, it does. And it is nice to know we are not alone. One of the good things about this book is that you don¿t have to be a believer to benefit from its pages. The author takes the time to address real life issues, questions so many have, and gives you the answers in the way that makes sense. I admit, the Bible is not the easiest material to read and understand, but she makes it seem so easy. It does make you look at your own personal relationship with God, this book will help you get where you want to be with Him. One step at a time. There are so many spiritual books out there that set out to teach us about God and how many are disconnected from Him in their day-to-day life. They throw in some scripture and call it good. So many books like this are repetitive. But, not this one. This one gives personal stories, showing you that God is possible in your life. There is nothing that you can¿t accomplish in life. Sometimes you just need to slow down in this fast life. Whether you are a new believer, a non believer, spiritual, religious, someone who just loves scripture, or even someone who just fancies some good poetry, this book is for all of you. There is something here for everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2011
This book is chock full of truths and inspiration. Very easy to relate to, this book can speak to anyone, whether you are a Christian with doubts about your religion or if you are a non-denominational who is looking for clearer direction. The author addresses real-life questions that so many of us encounter and provides answers that make sense. Inspirational poetry adds to the overall personality of the book making your reading experience pleasurable while providing hard-hitting truths.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2011
This book delves right into your personal relationship with God. Whether you don't have one at all yet or whether you have just strayed, this book will help you evaluate where you stand with Him. I enjoyed this book because alot of books that teach about God seem so disconnected from modern day-to-day life. This book differs because it uses the authors personal stories as well as other stories and compares them with scripture. This book will make you realize the joy of knowing Jesus Christ as your personal savior. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2011
As a motivational speaker, facilitator of several networking groups, and a Teen program coordinator, I highly recommen this book. Most people do not use GOD in many of their writings for fear of seperation of church and state, or what others may think of them. These writings show us to believe in GOD ( or what some may say is a higher being) to help us through the tough times we face today. Through GOD (higher being), and our own right actions (we do have a choice in how to live our lives), there is nothing we can not do, or be. The author has proven this in her writings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2011
I felt this book was very touching and it was compelling to the core. These are short essays that tell powerful stories about issues that are pressuring and overall hurting the world all the way around. Problems such as peer pressure, diseases, crimes, and the author uses her believe in the Lord and truly believes that the Holy Spirit lives in each person on this world. There were several stories that touched my heart and made me think more about the people around me in an entirely different light. The author talked about her still believing in fairytales as there is still some truth in these stories as they show certain types of realities. The characters go through their trials, hardships and tribulations before experiencing something great in their lives. I agree with the author about this and I still believe in fairytales myself as I relate them to my own personal life experiences. I loved the retelling of the story of the Book of Ruth and how Naomi felt and her relationship with God. God never left Naomi's side and was always there for her. I would recommend this book to others who are looking for some spiritual insight and stories that will touch their souls.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2011
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Posted November 12, 2011
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