The Elect Lady: Life's Obstacles Become God's Opportunities

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Bishop Long pastors the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., whose membership skyrocketed under Long's headship from a scanty 300 to more than 25,000 people. Long's homiletical techniques must be both persuasive and impressive to regularly fill his church's 10,000 seats. However, his charisma doesn't translate as well on paper, making this guide for Christian women little more than a stale rehashing of similar exhortations. Long shares with readers how a persistent urging by his wife birthed the premise of this book, based on 2 John 1:1, where John greets an "Elect Lady." Long encourages all women, no matter their background, disappointments or failed dreams, to embrace God's destiny and eternal purpose. He challenges women to move beyond stalled relationships, transitional setbacks and life's interruptions. Citing Mary, Jesus' mother, as the quintessential Elect Lady who had to overcome public stigma as well as personal sacrifice, the author enjoins every woman to emulate Mary's steadfast faithfulness to God's greater plan. Long clearly has a passionate desire to see women fulfill their optimal potential as Christians influencing those under their care, yet the book comes across as unoriginal and tired. (Jan.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780883682814
  • Publisher: Anchor Distributors
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     7
To the Elect Lady     9
If You Leave Me, I Will Die     29
Arrested and Interrupted by Destiny     41
I Don't Remember the Last Time I Woke Up Happy     57
Search for Significance in Your Crisis (Never Make It Your Home)     68
Don't Get Stuck in Transition     79
How to Keep Going after Saying "Yes"     93
Don't Reject Your Election: Make Your Acceptance Speech     110
Silent Pondering, Public Suffering, Eternal Glory     128
From One Elect Lady to Another (First Lady Vanessa Long)     141
"Ain't God Good?" The Power of the Encouraging Word     158
Preparing the Next Generation of Elect Ones     170
About the Author     189
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  • Posted July 17, 2009

    A Must Read for Every Woman (and the men who love them)

    I was in the bookstore looking for another book when this one caught my eye. I could not put it down. Reading it brought tears to my eyes right then and there. I truly felt that God was speaking to me through this book. I am going through a trial right now, and while reading this book, it was as if God Himself was wrapping His loving arms around me, letting me know that He has not forgotten about me. I am recommending that all of the women in my church purchase it at our next meeting. A truly, truly, truly EXCELLENT read.

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