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About the Author
Maggie Wallem Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist, blogger, and writer. She preforms original one-woman dramas and is passionate about connecting people to God and each other. Maggie lives near Asheville. NC. with her husband, Mike. The Rowes have three aduld children and five grandchildren. Visit Maggie at MaggieRowe.com.
Table of Contents
I The Inner Journey 1
Reflection 1 Too Much to Do 3
Reflection 2 Kick Anxiety to the Curb 9
Reflection 3 When You Don't Feel Good Enough 13
Reflection 4 Shedding the Shame 17
Reflection 5 Holding Peace 21
Reflection 6 When Joy Eludes You 25
Reflection 7 Coping with Criticism without Getting Burned 31
Reflection 8 Findng Peace in the Midst of Pain 37
Reflection 9 Where Do You Go to Get Warm? 43
Reflection 10 God Writes Straight by Broken Lines 47
II The Intentional Journey 51
Reflection 11 Formed and Filled 55
Reflection 12 The Focused Life 59
Reflection 13 Confidence in Your Calling 63
Reflection 14 Your Lack Does Not Define You 67
Reflection 15 Stepping In, Stooping Down, Lifting Up 71
Reflection 16 Fast Food and the Theology of Waiting 75
Reflection 17 When You Thought You Were Doing It Right 79
Reflection 18 Feeling Like a Phony 83
Reflection I9 On Being Second 87
Reflection 20 What I Saw at the Gym on Mulberry Street 91
Reflection 21 What We Can't See 95
Reflection 22 No More False Face 99
Reflection 23 Aging Gratefully 103
III The Relational Journey 109
Reflection 24 Kindred Spirits 113
Reflection 25 Maggie's Ten Commandments of Friendship 117
Reflection 26 Judging. Not. 123
Reflection 27 Prickly People (and Other Problems …) 127
Reflection 28 Friendship Fail 131
Reflection 29 Does Anyone Want to Mentor Me? 135
Reflection 30 Moving On after Moving In 139
Reflection 31 Riding Tandem 145
Reflection 32 Putting the Salsa Back in Your Marriage 149
Reflection 33 Party of One? This Way, Please! 155
Reflection 34 Cradles and the Cross 161
Reflection 35 Lord, Let My Kids Get Caught 165
Reflection 36 More Ways than One to Be a Mom 169
Reflection 37 On Parenting: Holding Them Close and Letting Them Go 173
Reflection 38 Grandparenting Is for Everyone 177
Reflection 39 What the Amish Can Teach Us about Hospitality 181
Reflection 40 Outliving Your Life 185
IV The God of Your Journey 191
Reflection 41 Hey, Theophilus! Becoming a Friend of God 195
Reflection 42 Sanctuary 199
Reflection 43 The Fragrance of Faith 203
Reflection 44 God So Loved the World. Do We? 207
Reflection 45 Do I Love to Tell the Story? 211
Reflection 46 The Paradox of Unanswered Prayer 217
Reflection 47 Paperwhites and Prayer 221
Reflection 48 What Was I Thinking? 225
Reflection 49 Too Good to Be True? It Just Might Be Anyway 229
Reflection 50 The Only Thing You Need to Remember Today 233
Reflection 51 From Desperate to Daughter 237
Reflection 52 And Now, a Final Word (or Five) 241
What People are Saying About This
In This Life We Share, Maggie Rowe has provided weary Christian women with rich, soul-nourishing words that sink down deep. Engaging with these brief but substantive reflections feels like going on a road trip with a best friend.
Maggie Rowe has written a masterpiece—her magnum opus—and will guide you through evaluating your inner journey with all its anxiety, insecurity, and pain. She’ll teach you how to live an intentional, purposeful life that’s filled with relationships that matter. The focus of this book isn’t becoming perfect—it’s being God-focused and infusing your life with transformational truth. The writing is exquisite, and each reflection will challenge you to live a life that matters. You can read this book on your own, but if you want to grow a deeper, spiritual relationship with a friend, ask her to join you on this journey.
As I traveled through the pages of this book, I was enchanted by Maggie’s vivid descriptions, her honest longings to do life better, and her genuine love for all who read her words. I soon realized that Maggie’s story is my story, and most likely your story. This Life We Share is filled with time-honored truths for all generations. We, the readers, are the benefactors as Maggie shares her life, connects us with biblical stories, and points us to the one who guides our every step. This is a book to read and reread, and most definitely to share with others.
Maggie has spent decades following Jesus—as a pastor’s wife, coworker, mother, daughter, and friend. Now she puts pen to page to share the wisdom she’s learned along the way. Maggie has a gift for seeing the world and finding meaning in ordinary days, capturing it in delightful prose. She also has the gift of insight, the ability to harness her own self-awareness for the good of others. In this book, you’ll find more than good advice; I expect you’ll find a new friend.
Bravo to Maggie Wallem Rowe! Maggie is honest, vulnerable, and exhibiting of grace. She provides fifty-two reflections through which all the biggies shine—womanhood, motherhood, pastor’s-wife-hood, Scripture studenthood, and writer-/actress-hood. You will know Maggie. And that is a blessing because you may know yourself better.
This Life We Share is a wonderfully comprehensive guide for those who want to live and love well with God, people, and the world. With wisdom born from a deep faith, a broad knowledge of Scripture, and a life well lived, Maggie serves the reader as a trusted life coach in these pages. Grab a few friends and journey together as you engage her words. You’ll be glad that you did.
The beauty of a book written by a wise, older woman is that there is something for everyone—a lifetime of varied adventures and challenges which affirm the goodness of God. Every page of This Life We Share reminds me that life with God and others is indeed a treasure. Please savor Maggie Rowe’s words slowly, that the rich truth might sink deeply into your soul, offering strength for your own journey.
This Life We Share is an encouraging read about navigating life events in light of scriptural insight. As a cherished sister in Christ, Maggie takes the reader through her own circumstances, fusing her knowledge of God’s Word alongside essential wisdom, humor, and truth. Here, Maggie has created a work that is both challenging to the reader and reassuring—ever pointing toward Christ, who has gone before us.
Only a sensitive observer could have written this book. I have enjoyed Maggie’s deep insights and ability to synthesize life’s challenges and joys for over thirty years. She is a student of people, Scripture, biography, herself, and those she loves, and an eager friend. In short, wherever she is, Maggie is all there. It would be difficult to name a subject women might face that this book doesn’t describe and handle with vulnerability, honesty, humor, and understanding. I can imagine a small group of women bonding very easily as they glean more about life from Maggie’s wisdom and decades of experience. Hard questions? Bring them on!
Maggie Rowe has never steered me wrong, and her insights and great humor as well as spiritual compass on true north has always informed all her advice. As it does this book. Take it from me—follow Maggie’s direction, as it is based on Christ’s. Read this book.
The first time I met Maggie Rowe, I knew she was special. A woman of deep wisdom, unending kindness, seemingly effortless generosity, and a ten-mile-deep love for God and others. In this memoir of her spiritual journey, Maggie transforms her own life-lived-well into a map for the rest of us. Here are fifty-two devotional reflections filled with kindness, generosity, and the sort of wisdom that can transform you from your “everyday” self into the person you actually want to be. Buy this book, read it, and find in it some quiet space for your heart to soar.