God's Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives

God's Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives

by Debbie Macomber
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God's Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives by Debbie Macomber

Who is on God’s “guest list” for your life . . . and why? The answers may surprise you.

Through touching true stories and inspiring insight Debbie Macomber takes readers on a journey to discover the shaping influence others have on us and the power we have to shape and influence those whose paths cross ours.

Each of us have “influencers” that have affected our lives—some from a distance, some through word or deed, some through example, be it good or bad. Often we don’t even recognize the deep impact others have had and how God has used them to shape us into who we are. By pausing to recognize these influences we begin to grasp how God’s guest list had a purpose far beyond what we imagined. We begin to see the seeds of influence that grew into our personal values and character.

In some people God invites into our lives, we see only what appears to be painful or negative influence. We bear the scars of disappointment, hurt, betrayal, and pain. Here Macomber redirects our attention, opening our eyes to how those experiences prompted strength, resilience, resolve, decisions, and choices about how we would change and who we would become. In other instances, God has surprised us with just the people at just the right time to support, teach, lead, or love us, but perhaps we haven't quite recognized God's timing and work through these "guests."

But perhaps the greatest treasure this book holds is the power to grasp our own power to influence others, and even to anticipate what lives we have yet to touch. In the tradition of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Macomber casts a vision to seize every opportunity to be a positive and faithful influence on others. With this realization comes the willingness and anticipation to live with the door of our lives wide open to greet each new life God brings across the threshold.

God's Guest List is filled with true stories and rich insight that will forever change how you see the people in your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410431448
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/05/2011
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today’s most popular authors. Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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ProReviewing More than 1 year ago
In common with many other Type A personalities, the internationally renowned author of more than 100 novels, Debbie Macomber, who has more than 100 million books currently in print, is an inveterate list maker. In the past, she confesses, she drew up a list of all those people whom she had long admired and whom she wished to meet. However, by trial and error she came to realize that the guest list that she had drawn up for herself was much inferior to that which God had for her life. Now Macomber also invites us to keep ourselves open to all those people whom we encounter along the way who unexpectedly bring us closer to Him in our daily path. She assures us that if we anticipate that each one of those whom we meet might be a person whom God has sent into our lives to teach us more about how best we can serve Him, we open ourselves up to a world of possibility. For our lives to be fulfilling, we need to examine each aspect of our existence with a God focus. According to Macomber, "[t]he key to accomplishing any discipline in life, whether it is setting goals, losing weight, changing behavior, or discovering God's guest list, is to be intentional, to be aware, and to be able to chart our findings." She, therefore, encourages us to journal God's guest list, even if it is merely recording the names of those whom we meet who really bring the presence of God on Earth into our lives. Though we might not be as gifted with the ability to write as Macomber undoubtedly is, we, too, all have our own gifts to present to the world. The spirit of being able to receive gracefully, as well as to give plenteously, is what the Christian life is all about. Each of the fifteen chapters of God's Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives starts with a Bible verse that focuses on the central concern of that section of the text. Macomber then explores her own experiences, as well as those of others, related to the issue at stake, ending with a few lines on what we can take from the encounter. The author's writing is fluent, warm and highly accessible. Although she is very much Christ-focused, Macomber's approach is so welcoming and gentle that I would not hesitate to recommend this book, even to those who are, as yet, still rather uncertain about their faith. Not only is God's Guest List truly a work worth investing in, but most likely, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading Macomber's other works, don't be surprised if you feel the call to read others of her works once you have finished this-I know I have.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
God's Guest List by Debbie Macomber is a must read! Each chapter is full of personal stories, in the way that only Debbie Macomber can write. It's then followed by a section which discusses the ideals and/or lessons that she's learned along her life and wishes to share with us. At the end of each chapter there is a wonderful "RSVP" section that allows the reader to examine their own lives and suggestions on how the reader may wish to apply the lesson to enhance their own lives as well as the lives of those they come in contact with. Debbie's honesty and openness in sharing her faith, her own personal struggles as well as her blessings really brings truth to her words and for me is a wonderful inspiration! This book carried a message that spoke deeply to my heart and just lifted me up to a new level. It helped me to find new positive ways of looking at my past, my present and my future and helped instill in me a greater need to impact others lives in such a positive way as well. I highly recommend this book!
Jassinc6 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an "Okay" book by Debbie Macomber. Picked up a few tips that I can use, but overall not enough to carry the price of this book. A short story should only command short story prices; not novel prices. Book is heartfelt and the Scriptures quoted are on point and very good. I guess I expected more. LOL!
terrisa More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I saw it displayed at the library and picked it up. I was reading it when my friend of 30 years passed away it was very insightful. People do touch your lives and thats what molds us as a person. Think about this as your life intermixes with others. I came to this sight to order a copy for her daughters. I didn't relize that this book had just came out I am very gratful for the timing.
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excellent book that makes you think about your life.
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Written very warmly. It was a cozy book, much like other Debbie books. I have referenced it a few times since reading it. I actually did the 'guest book list' myself and it gives me a better perspective on who enters my life and what they can give me, or what I can give them. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God's Guest List encouraged me to view everyone I meet differently now! It did end slowly but I tried to search for something in each story. I DO recommend it all the time.
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