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Posted April 23, 2014
There was an almost instant connection for me with Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries by Kathy Collard Miller. It is as if she’s reading my mind! That thought prevailed with sufficient frequency that I even noted something similar in the margin of the book in the first chapter. Another note I had written was “other people feel this way?” It shows this reader that she is not the lone ranger slogging through these storms, that others really have felt the same way that I have. Kathy Collard Miller has written a powerful book about worry and how to grow past those worries with the help of our Lord.
Kathy writes with incredible sensitivity, describing with raw vulnerability her own journey of fears and worries and the results. She doesn’t pat readers on the head and give platitudes, however. She writes in terms of the severity of storms (various trials) in our lives, understands the clouds or gale force winds that may hover over the lives of women, and she has a tremendously intimate relationship with our Lord and His Word. Kathy offers real solutions for today’s woman from the pages of scripture and includes a brief story about a woman from the Bible that exemplifies the topic of each chapter. There are also questions at the end of each chapter, so this book can be used in group or personal Bible study, and can be a starting place to journal while studying this book.
The scripture verses selected and discussed that the reader can use to help move our eyes from ourselves and onto our God are very appropriate for the kinds of worry that we struggle with, and this reader has new index cards of verses at hand to learn and refer to. Suggestions for the care of our physical needs remind the reader that if one doesn’t properly care for one’s self that their spiritual walk and emotional needs will not be met, either. Kathy shares quotes from the lives of others that help illustrate each chapter, also assuring readers that we are not unique. There is a special message in each chapter for every reader, also!
I would highly recommend this book to any Christian woman who longs to move beyond worrying, trudging through storms and struggles, and into the brilliant “Son-shine of God’s love”. This book is a treasure, one that can be read and re-read when needing reminders of scriptures and ideas. It is a work that readers can study with confidence, knowing it is written by a woman of the Word who walks closely and humbly with her heavenly Father.
I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted April 13, 2014
I absolutely loved Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries. It is a very good read for every person who struggles with worry, perfectionism and understanding God’s overpowering love. In this book, Ms. Miller stresses the importance of understanding how God’s perfect love ensures the unnecessary need for worry. She talks about how unrealistic expectations of ourselves creates a foundation for worry to breed and fester. I found the book to be not only informational, but entertaining as well. There are so many important and life changing areas she addresses.
A great quote from the book states, “We can believe that worry for our loved ones does something – communicates love, at least – but that’s not true.” How often we think that by worrying over a loved one, we are demonstrating love. What she states instead is that worry is really unbelief that God is in control.
I thoroughly enjoyed Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries. She talks about prayer and revisiting how we approach God with our worries and concerns through our prayers. Changing them from to do or complaint lists to casting our cares with aggression and not passivity. Ms. Miller doesn’t gloss over problems and say we shouldn’t have them, rather she talks about seeing the bigger picture and trusting in God’s sovereignty in everything we experience.
Ms. Miller also talks about regrets, forgiveness and ultimately trusting God. With wonderful quotes from people like Joyce Meyer, Charles Swindoll and Rick Warren, Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries gives practical tips, advice and instruction on the issues women face with the debilitating disease of worry.
Finally Ms. Miller states that God is “experienced, extravagant, exacting and expeditious.” He is trustworthy and cares for his children greatly. This is definitely a great book and highly recommended.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted April 9, 2014
If you are a worrier, someone who fears the unknown, or just get the occasional trail, check out this book. The author has taken something that overcomes each of us from time to time and written the steps to not only overcoming, but also finding peace in Christ.
Written as if conversing with a friend, the author has chosen to bring you into some of the painful portions of her life to show how healing the power of God is. Her writing is filled with Biblical references, personal experiences, and practical solutions. Since I tend to worry a bit more than I should, I found the book to be very helpful in pinpointing some of the triggers for my worries. Even if you don't consider yourself a worrier, check out the book. It can be a blessing to anyone.
I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Posted March 25, 2014
Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries
By: Kathy Collard Miller
No matter what difficulties we go through in life we can rest a sure knowing God is there to bring us through. I found a lot of helpful points in this book to help build my faith. We can have true peace in our lives. I know worrying isn't good at all. From experience I was actually making myself sick over something I couldn't control. Most things we worry about never amount to anything and we wasted all that time and energy for nothing when all we need to do is put our Faith in Christ. Hand him our problems and let it go.
Kathy shows us things in the book to help us to cope. I love the title. What a neat way to look at it and her chapters are labeled to the weather. After each chapter there is a Letter from God and discussion questions. I recommend this book for everyone. We can say I never worry but i think we all have something. I think this would be a excellent study group study. Great Book. The book was written by Kathy with solid biblical teaching.
Posted December 13, 2013
Kathy Collard Miller's easy-to-read style and open, candid stories of her own struggles in her not-always-perfect life as a Christian wife and mother bring timeless truths to life that we can apply to our own lives--no matter how unique our struggles and circumstances.
As an always-hungry student of the Word, I love how Kathy leads us deeper into God's Word through studying original meanings of Bible words, studying the true stories of women in the Bible, and the discussion or application questions at the end of each chapter.
Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries: Finding Peace in All Kinds of Weather is a valuable resource for anyone trying to navigate the storms in life and wanting to do so with God.
Posted August 7, 2005
This book spoke to me through Mrs. Miller's chosen words. I could almost hear the words coming directly from her to me. The Letters from God seemed as if He were writing/speaking to me. I can relate to many of the situations Mrs. Miller describes. Her insight and suggestions will give me and others information to draw on during future stormy days. It's a 'must read' for any woman.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2005
Kathy Collard Miller's new book expertly conveys how worry is a lost and no-win commodity. This book is the first hands-on, practical and personable work I've seen that makes me feel overcoming worry is actually possible. It's substantive chapters along with Ms. Miller's insight give assurances that turning in our worry button is a most prudent use of our time so that peace will prevail.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2005
Kathy's book is like good medicine for folks with polka dots on their soul! I learned, laughed and even cried. This book has great illustrations on how to handle the trials in life, and how we can change our worries into mediation. It is a great read to share with your friends, and an excellent resource for applicable Christian book studies and workshops.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2005
If most of us filled out an anonymous survey on how much we worry, we¿d probably admit to a lot more than people see. We know it¿s wrong, but it¿s not a subject we freely discuss with people. That¿s why Kathy Collard Miller has done us a favor with her warm and perceptive study on worry. Her personal stories, anecdotes from others, and faithful integration of scripture (including some surprising Bible characters) make this a practical and applicable book. Her study questions give it versatility for both group and personal Bible study. This isn¿t a book you¿ll breeze through in an afternoon. Plan to spend some time sorting out your worries and putting them through the God-grid.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2005
All women worry about everyone and everything. This book is a good guide to help us stop the cycle of worrying over things we cannot control and turn over the problems to a higher power. The personal antidotes described by the author are helpful in applying these principles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2005
I know you will enjoy reading about the help that is available with God's help in this uniquely written book by Kathy. Her cheery, thankful attitude comes thru and will help you change your attitude about the hard things that you face in life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.