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Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith

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C.S. Lewis likened hard times to "God’s megaphone," a season when the Creator’s ways are made clear and proven merciful. Mustard Seeds author Lynn Coulter agrees, writing here across fifteen essays about the natural graces and "God signs" that emerged during a three-year period of hardship and sustain her faith today.

From personal events (her parents’ deaths, a job loss) to universal cripplers (stress, worry), Coulter’s fresh anecdotes unearth the little daily markers of God’s ...

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Overview

C.S. Lewis likened hard times to "God’s megaphone," a season when the Creator’s ways are made clear and proven merciful. Mustard Seeds author Lynn Coulter agrees, writing here across fifteen essays about the natural graces and "God signs" that emerged during a three-year period of hardship and sustain her faith today.

From personal events (her parents’ deaths, a job loss) to universal cripplers (stress, worry), Coulter’s fresh anecdotes unearth the little daily markers of God’s love and care while staying rooted in Scripture. Her writings fuse the observational strength of Anne Lamott’s nonfiction with the warm delivery of Sue Monk Kidd’s devotional books and are sure to be passed around as tools of encouragement and faith strengthening among friends.

Chapters include "Used People," "Deep Healing," and "Nothing without Joy."

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Starred review. Coulter, a magazine journalist, takes the familiar biblical story of faith the size of a mustard seed to illustrate how God can use even the most horrendous "lifequakes" as faith-builders. Coulter opens her compilation of life essays with a personal story from her childhood, when the concept of mustard seed faith was first planted after a teacher offered the class mustard seed charms as an attendance reward. Though Coulter eventually lost the charm, she never forgot its message. Years later, after the death of her parents, her husband's job loss, financial setbacks, and her own shattered shoulder, the author's faith was in pieces. She wrestled long and hard to regain closeness with God. In each of these tender topical chapters, Coulter uses everyday happenings from nature, parenting, work, illnesses, and church to reaffirm a single lesson: God is intimately involved in every aspect of life and he cares with a watchful affection. Readers will find strength from Coulter's story and solace in God's promises regarding faith and grace.

Publishers Weekly

"Reading Mustard Seeds feels like time spent conversing with a dear old friend over a cup of coffee. Lynn's honest story of how she renewed her faith in Jesus will be a blessing and a source of encouragement."

Mickey McLean, Web Managing Editor, WORLD Magazine

"A sensitive, thoughtful book, filled with new beginnings, hope, and the wonder and beauty of the search for God."

Amy Blackmarr, author of Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond

Lynn Coulter has written about spirituality, travel, books, nature, and gardening for Sky, Family Circle, and Southern Living magazines as well as The Weather Channel, Lionel Trains, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has also received literature grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lynn graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Journalism from Georgia State University and now lives with her family near Atlanta.

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Publishers Weekly

Coulter, a magazine journalist, takes the familiar biblical story of faith the size of a mustard seed to illustrate how God can use even the most horrendous "lifequakes" as faith-builders. Coulter opens her compilation of life essays with a personal story from her childhood when the concept of mustard seed faith was first planted after a teacher offered the class mustard seed charms as an attendance reward. Though Coulter eventually lost the charm, she never forgot its message. Years later, after the death of her parents, her husband's job loss, financial setbacks and her own shattered shoulder, the author's faith was in pieces. She wrestled long and hard to regain closeness with God. In each of these tender topical chapters, Coulter uses everyday happenings from nature, parenting, work, illnesses and church to reaffirm a single lesson: God is intimately involved in every aspect of life and he cares with a watchful affection. Readers will find strength from Coulter's story and solace in God's promises regarding faith and grace. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805446784
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,428,806
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Coulter has written about spirituality, travel, books, nature, and gardening for Sky, Family Circle, and Southern Living magazines as well as The Weather Channel, Lionel Trains, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Journalism from Georgia State University and has received literature grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The author of Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith, Lynn lives with her family near Atlanta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Nothing without Joy

    I read this book about two years ago, my sister had it on her bedside table. I picked it up and read it within a day's time. It was much needed as my faith was slowly dying. A theme from this book that my sister and I use is Niente Senza Gioia, no matter the circumstances- What would life be if Joy did not exist. Thank you for pure and honest writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Insightful

    I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a source of encouragement for me. The author bares her inner struggles with her faith and shares her 'journey' back to a faith in God through her personal experiences. I was able to apply her experiences to similar ones in my own life and gain great encouragement to know it's alright to question ones faith at times and to come out with a stronger faith in the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who may be questioning their faith or God because of struggles they may be experiencing in life. Not only does the author share her personal thoughts, but she also uses Scripture throughout the book to support those ideas.

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