Illusions of success and instant pleasure can seduce us into making poor choices. We long for fulfillment but are haggard from life's trials and overwhelmed by what the future holds. Broken, we feel unworthy to ask God to intervene in our lives. Blinded by it all, we often overlook that God has the potential to use everything in our lives-whether good or bad. It's time to S.T.O.P. and let God help us make bold choices to enrich our lives with freedom, fulfillment and incredible beauty! International speaker and author of Beauty Unleashed, Heidi McLaughlin shares from her personal discoveries how God heals and restores all failures and pain. If God can take a tiny grain of sand and turn it into a gorgeous pearl, then He certainly can turn our worst decisions and biggest mistakes into a magnificent new beginning!
|Publisher:||Deep River Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
West Kelowna, British Columbia. International speaker and author empowering women through Bible studies, conferences, retreats, in mentoring and writing.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Obligation or Invigoration: Is That a "Should" on Your Shoulder? 15
Chapter 2 Sabotage or Success: Breaking the "Nobody" Barrier 31
Chapter 3 Friendship, Fake or Real Part 1: Heart Songs-Writing the Lyrics 47
Chapter 4 Friendship, Fake or Real Part 2: Heart Songs-Nurturing Hearts 65
Chapter 5 Resentment or Sweet Reasonableness: The Resentment Box 81
Chapter 6 Broken or Blended: Can We Still Go Through the Cupboards? 95
Chapter 7 Instant Pleasures or Expectant Waiting: Buyer's Remorse and Pleasure Hangovers 115
Chapter 8 Comparing or Contentment: An Ugly, Slow Burn 132
Chapter 9 Fear or Fortitude: This World Is Not a Safe Place 145
Chapter 10 Regrets or Rejoicing: A Butterfly Legacy 161
Chapter 11 Shamed or Radiant: Who Do You Want Me To Be? 177
Chapter 12 Panic or Prayer: God, Stop the Wind 195
Chapter 13 Career or Calling: You Are Standing on Holy Ground 213
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was disapointedin this book waste of money dont buy it save your money for a better book again verry disapointed but i loved her other book "Forever my girl." In "Forever my girl" i only got the sample and i was verry sad when my sample ended i wanted to keep on reading the book i cant wait till i get the money to buy the book and read the whole story :) again truely disliked this book and is a waste of your money.
It's a fact of life that sometimes the unexpected happens. It's in these moments we must make a choice: either give up or choose to find the good, making pearls from sand. McLaughlin takes us on a journey in her book, looking at different situations we may face and how important are choices are in those times. She talks about the process of waiting on God, not letting regrets hinder you from moving forward and the significance of having "heart song" friends. "God wants us to have a satiated, chock-full life. He has designed us to experience a fulfilling soul life: we must settle for nothing less." Overall, I loved the points McLaughlin makes. However, I felt there was a bit of jumping around with each chapter - not much continuity to help them flow easier. But it didn't take away from the overall opinion. I think what spoke to me the most was learning to wait on God. Not giving in to the tendency to run ahead of Him but just wait. "You are at a time where you think you should have figured out by now what God's purpose is for you. Choose to believe a) You may already be doing it and not even know it, or b) That God is preparing you for it." I want to make the right choices that will propel me into the future God has for me!
In my humble opinion, one of the best ways to grow in our Christian walk is to read about other people's experiences and perspectives. Because of this I like to read books such as Sand to Pearls. Many of these books are quite good and full of useful advice and biblical wisdom. This is one of these books. There wasn't anything profoundly new in this book, but Heidi's experiences and especially her writing made Sand to Pearls a superior book in the realm of Christian living books. I would pick up this book to do a little reading from and find it difficult to put it down. I just wanted to keep reading more and more because I there was so much comfort and wisdom in the pages of this book. If I had to choose my favorite chapter it would have to be chapter 7, Instant Pleasures or Expectant Waiting. I had just been sharing with some friends the very same points the author was making and I was so pleased to be able to relate to her. I highly recommend Sand to Pearls for everyone. It is a definite must-read, and I don't say that often. Even though there was not a lot of new information here, the presentation and the writing was fantastic, thus setting it apart and making the reading of Sand to Pearls a uniquely inspiring experience. I absolutely loved this book.