A Believer-In-Waiting's First Encounters With God

A Believer-In-Waiting's First Encounters With God

by Elizabeth Mahlou


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ISBN-13: 9781933455280
Publisher: MSI Press
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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A Believer-in-Waiting's First Encounters with God 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Ceolach on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Mahou recounts a number of incidents in her life that most would deem to be merely coincidences, but that she describes as encounters with God. often these encounters are the result of a challenge she has issued, for instance bargaining with "God" that if a prayer is answered then she will begin attending church. She is initially reluctant to acknowledge these encounters as being authentic, spiritual events, but gradually accepts that God is becoming and intrinsic part of her life.This book follows her spiritual journey as she tries out different faith communities while seeking a closer relationship with the God whom she had initially refused to believe existed. it will appeal especially to those with more evangelical leanings.
vpfluke on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Elizabeth Mahlou (a nom de plume) has written a book of her spiritual voyage. Her earlier book, "Blest Atheist", which I have not read and is not widely available, recounts her conversion deep into adulthood.Her story is captivating, but because of its pseudonymous nature, one cannot always be sure of its veracity or context. Mahlou is married with four of her own children, plus three more that appear to have lived in her home. Two of her children have disabilities, and obviously championed their needs, and most of this before her conversion.She has worked in businesses on the international stage, and has lived in both Russia and the Near East, both places where she has used her considerable language skills. The book is entirely in English, but it might have been fun for her to have revealed this side of her life in a pointed way. She has pretty much led an unquiet life and she does zip around everywhere, but it was good to read her realization of her need for contemplation. She makes reference ot some of the great mystics, like Teresa ofAvila and St. John of the Cross. And she fiinds prayer before bed offsets her "supercharged" days.Mahlou has a well-honed moral sense and sees a lot of life through that sieve. For myself, I look for patterns in the lives of people around me, but often do not put judgments on them or stheir situations, so I had to realize how different my personality is from others when reading the book.When I read the very first part of the book, I was imagining a conversion into Orthodox Christianity (significant Russian experience), so I was surprised when she came into Catholicism. But perhaps God took note of her geographic location and laid out something of an unexpected path for her. But she became an avid Catholic and participates very readily in worship and religiou education.She mentions having locutions in her chapter on manifestations. She makes reference to the evangelical hymn, "Open my eyes that I may see vision of truth" and wonders why people who love this hymn have problems with physical manifestations of the words.I am attracted Mahlou's story, but she almost needs a good editor to help pull together the various loops of her story, so we might get a more connected narrative. I do realize that she is fearful of betraying the trust of those around her. She promises a third book in her saga.
tcarter on LibraryThing 17 days ago
In this book Elizabeth Mahlou shares her experiences of God in her first years of faith following a long life of atheism. She relates her understanding of how God has met with her in many different places and times with clarity, recounting what she has experienced. However, this is more than a book of subjective anecdotes because she has reflected on these experiences with the aid of the Bible, more experienced Christians, and the writings of Christians through history.I was encouraged by the humility and self deprecating nature of some of the stories shared, which provided a better balance than I found in Mahlou's previous book, "Blest Atheist".On the negative side, I found that the physical presentation of the book (which may have been a pre-pub copy) a little challenging, with not enough white space on the pages, pages falling out on first reading, and a few typos which had evaded the editor.Overall, though, a very encouraging book which I'm grateful for as I needed encouraging on the day that I read it.
morningrob on LibraryThing 17 days ago
I found this book rather strange. It is the author¿s story moving from being an atheist to a practicing Catholic. I should say I found that the author was truly explaining this movement within her life, how it has positively impacted her, and what it could mean for others. However, it was also a somewhat bizarre story and I am not sure where the different parts were moving.First, there were some incorrect theological positions. For example, she mentions that a priest was disappointed when she said that the Holy Spirit had come to her before Confirmation. This was because Catholicism teaches that the Holy Spirit only comes to a person at Confirmation. However, numerous documents, including the Catechism, show that this is incorrect. It is not so much a question of liberal/conservative as just confused.Second, there are these episodes of visions and mystical appearances. However, it is also wrapped up in ideas about occult. But she also seems to say that they are from God and they happened after her conversion. No matter what your thought about these issues, it is confusing to figure out what was from God and what was Occult.I would not recommend this book. It is just too confusing.