First of all, I know that some of you might be thinking, “Well. It really wasn’t a COMPLETE year off because we saw you here from time to time.” Yes, this is true. But OVERALL I have been cuddled up at home enjoying my year off and it’s been GLORIOUS. Except for the book writing part. I didn’t get a year off from that. I am SO excited to share it with you by the way. New title, revamped, beautiful cover…SOON!
But I’m writing today to let you know that my dear friend and mentor Sally has a book coming out in January called Own Your Life that you can PRE-ORDER NOW! It’s so good! And, I’m going to be hosting a book club on it in January!!!! Also, if you pre-order it, she has goodies for you. Check that out HERE.
So go get it. 🙂
All the details for the book club will be HERE soon.
Love you all! Have a MERRY MERRY MERRY Christmas!!!
I declare 2015 the YEAR OF CHRISTIAN CLASSICS!
I can hardly wait to dig into these great books WITH YOU. I’m just going to jump right into what I’m reading, and then I have FAQ below that will give you all the details of the club!
What I Will Be Reading
I have picked six books, one per month, that I am committed to reading. After six months is up, I will pick more classics for the rest of the year. Below is what I’m reading, a bit about that book, and my note on why I’m reading it.
First up (of course)…
About: This book contains rare, never before published material of selected, transcribed, edited sermons delivered by A.W. Tozer.
BONUS: Contains In Pursuit of God, Christianity Today “Readers’ Choice Award” winning biography of A. W. Tozer by James L. Snyder.
My note: If you know anything about me, you know I love Tozer. That’s why this book. Also, this: “I am looking for the fellowship of the burning heart – for men and women of all generations everywhere who love the Savior until adoration becomes the music of their soul…”
About: The Holy Spirit & Power contains ten Spirit-empowered, original sermons of John Wesley from John Wesley’s “Standard Sermons,” excerpts from John Wesley’s testimony, material from “The Journal of the Rev. John Wesley,” and portions from his letter to Dr. Conyers Middleton.
My note: I read the beginning of this to see what it was about and I was completely sucked in. It pretty much had to do with this quote: “I became a missionary to convert the heathens; but oh who shall convert me? Who, what, is He who will deliver me from this evil heart of unbelief? I have a fair summer religion. I can talk well, and believe myself while no danger is near. But let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled.”
About: Who’s in control of this world—God or the devil? In this best-selling classic, A.W. Pink answers such profound questions in a language the average Christian layperson will find not only understandable but totally engaging.
Pink, one of the most influential evangelical authors of the last century, writes with fiery passion and brilliant clarity, giving Biblical answers to our deepest questions regarding the “sadly neglected and little understood” doctrine of the sovereignty of God.
My Note: I have always heard of A.W. Pink but I have never read anything he has written. Time to change that!
About: Time after time, when Jonathan Edwards read his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” both sinners and sinning saints in his audience would weep, cry out, fall down in repentance, and plead for God’s forgiveness.
For more than two centuries, Jonathan Edwards’ messages have brought conversion, hope, and spiritual awakening to thousands of Christians. Updated and revised, these eleven classic messages will bring a fresh awakening to today’s Christians.
My Note: This is probably Edwards most famous sermon, and the title makes me wince. But I want to know what it says and why it has captivated people throughout the years.
About: God’s names reveal not only different dimensions of His character but also point to their fulfillment in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. This insightful little book is a study of the twelve most common Hebrew names for God—and their significance and fulfillment in Christ.
Names of God accurately and clearly works through the many names of God throughout the Old Testament.
My Note: I want to know they names of God and, as the description says, understand their fulfillment in Christ. Fascinating.
About: George Mueller was a truly great man of God, but he wasn’t always so. As a youth, he was a thief, a liar, and a gambler, but God’s grace brought about a 180-degree turnaround in his life. After that happened, Mueller learned about the power of prayer, which taught him that: God is real, God is completely trustworthy, and God answers prayer.
As you read the bountiful and miraculous answers to prayer in this book, don’t be surprised if you feel a stirring within your spirit that becomes a desire to pray and ask God to use your life for His glory.
My Note: George Mueller was the director of an orphanage in England, and he cared for thousands of orphans. You might remember him as the man who, when 300 children had no food to eat, he sat at the table and thanked God for the food. Within minutes, food and milk was provided. Wow. I want to know more about that man and about that kind of faith and prayer.
Why are you doing a Christian Classics book club?
I have decided to do a Christian Classics book club because I have long wanted to spend more time reading Christian classics, but I have never made the time or effort. This year, I am going to dig into the words of the saints of the past, as I know there is such richness to be unearthed. Also, some the books I’ve chosen are just extremely famous (if that’s the right word) and I want to know about them. For example, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God” is not exactly something I would pick up, but because it’s a well-known and revered classic, I’m going to read it.
Why wait until February?
I’m waiting until February for two reasons:
1.) I’m technically still on my year-off break. 🙂
2.) I’m doing a book study of Sally Clarkson’s new book, Own Your Life, in January.
When will we officially begin?
I will begin reading my first classic book at the beginning of February. On Friday, February 27th I will post my thoughts on the book. I will have a link-up where others can share what they’ve read and what they’ve learned.
How will this club go down?
Here’s the plan: You pick six Christian classics to read, and so will I (see the books above). At the end of each month I will write my thoughts/what I’ve learned on the book for that month. I will include a link-up for those who want to share what they’ve learned. You are welcome to read the same books as I am reading, or choose your own.
Will there be any interaction other than link-ups?
Maybe. I might do a Google hangout or something like that so we can actually discuss what we’re reading at the end of the month. I’ll figure this out in the coming months.
Can I do a real-life book club?
Yes! If you want to get some friends together and read a classic, I say GO FOR IT! I think it’s a fantastic idea!
Let me know in the comments if you plan on joining in! (If you’re reading this in an email, just click here to come on over to the blog!) Here’s to February and learning and FELLOWSHIP of the burning hearts! You know, I may just rename this the Burning Hearts Club…what do you think?
Have a great day!
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*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER*
The winners are announced at the end of this post!
Today is SO fun!
Today I am giving away MY FAVORITE THINGS! Here, let me tell you a little bit about them…
The Favorite Things!
Did you notice the earrings I’m wearing in the picture at the top of the post? 😉
Noonday Collection is WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL! They help make it possible for people in developing countries to get a fair wage by creating beautiful jewelry! LOVE them! See all their goodness HERE!
I have used this wallet the past few years and I am ALWAYS getting compliments on it, because OF COURSE! It’s not only pretty, it’s completely functional with card holders, pockets, and a zipped change holder.
I’m giving away 25!!!!*
I mean.YES PLEASE. You can use it as a tray, or as decor!
I’m just to say it: THIS IS MY FAVORITE, FAVORITE THING. My husband is MAGIC when it comes to creating beautiful things out of reclaimed wood.
Don’t you just love it?! Here’s the deal. If you want to snag one of these for Christmas, DO IT NOW. It takes awhile to get it made and shipped. You can expect it about 3-4 weeks after ordering.
Feel like you’re going under some days? I SO get it. I’ve been there. In Desperate, I share my own stories of CRAZY so you know you’re not alone, and Sally comes alongside you as wise woman to mentor you and help you to KEEP ON. Our goal is also to encourage you to get together with other moms in order to support each other and help one another not grow weary. I’m giving away this Desperate set in the hopes that you will start a book club. Also, if you win, and you do start a club, I’ll Skype in with you and we can hang!
The Salted Caramel Mocha is SO SO SO bad for you, but OH SO GOOD. I have a Gift Card for you to indulge. 🙂
If you have not gotten your hand on Ann’s beautiful Christmas books, you MUST. This year, her newest book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift is made to be read to your kiddos! It invites your family into the celebration of the Jesse Tree, and includes not only has exquisite writing, but interesting illustrations, thoughts to discuss, and family activities. In addition the books, please, please, please go here where you can find FREE tools to help you have a meaningful, purposeful, Christ-centered Christmas!
Side-Note: In the video I said Unwrapping the Greatest Gift went from December 1-15. I don’t even know why that came out of my mouth because it goes to the 25th!
TWO Christian Living Bundles!
Enter the Giveaway!
To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! The giveaway ends Saturday, November 8th, at 8pm EST. Open to U.S. residents only.
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The winner of the WHOLE-SHEBANG is Ashley Pullen!!! WOOT!
The winner of the second bundle and a wallet is Audra Baldwin!
Winners of the wallets are: Leah Pipkorn, Maria, Caroline Zook, Megan Cross, Stephanie Webb, Kimberly Dill, Libby Christine, Sarah Kraholik, Becky Boerner, Shannah, Tamarah, Heather Babcock, Jessica Aherin, Carol Roller, Terry Suchodolski, Sarah Brubaker, Jeni Hardin, Jess Gard, Beth Hamstra, Carly Miller, Tracey Masters, Michelle Marie, and Stephanie Suire! You will be getting an email from me shortly!
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*If you win the wallet, you will receive a code to get it for free, but you will have to pay shipping.
I have a special guest post for you today! My friend Tim Willard, pictured above (in the middle) at the Allume conference, has just released a beautiful devotional called, Longing for More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. Tim is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, and I think you’re going to find his words capture you as well! In fact, one of my favorite articles of his is about him causing some trouble, getting kicked out of school, and how he found his way home. It’s on his blog HERE, and you MUST read it.
Below is a sneek peek excerpt from Longing For More. Enjoy! Oh, and make sure to get to the end, because I have a giveaway for you!
My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:18, NIV
It’s the morning after. Pieces of a relationship lay strewn on the floor. The bitter in your mouth sours your coffee. Yesterday began so well. You were thankful, took a walk down the lane, had fun with friends. But somewhere in the day you lost your way. Or maybe today has been your everyday: bitter herbs for breakfast, the day passing your affliction with blind indifference.
Doesn’t God see you? Does he see me?
But the wonder of days lies in their repetition. The night comes in its starry abyss and the cold deepens in the twilight rising hour. In a holy cosmic gasp, the sunlight cuts the horizon. Within a breath-span, the light erases the night with the warmth of the new day reaching into the valleys—reaching into you and me.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. (Lamentations 3:22)
The light, again, gleams new. Though my afflictions hover, God’s compassions linger. They are new every morning. They are my night-erasing dawn.
The new day does not promise to deliver me from my trial or my failings. It acts as the refresher: another day to decide to love, another day to decide to surrender.
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:26)
God’s love does not rescue us from life’s pain. It strengthens us, like the light of day strengthens every plant along the valley floor, to endure. As we endure, we mature. Our character grows. And somewhere in the hushed cold of the twilight we blossom. We open full bloom with the rising sun. The pain of growth produced its fruit.
For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. (Lamentations 3:31–32)
The great theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards encourages us with a vision of Christ as the spiritual sun in our lives. He writes:
The hearts of true believers are greatly comforted and refreshed with the beams of this. The day that this Sun brings on, when it arises, is a pleasant day to them. As the light of the sun is sweet to the bodily eye, so, and much more, is the light of the spiritual Sun sweet to the spiritual eye of the believer. It is a pleasant thing for the eye to behold the sun, but much more pleasant to a believer to behold Jesus Christ that is fairer than the sons of men. (Psalm 45:2)
Lord Jesus, help this bitterness pass from me. And may your light—that holy and insuppressible brilliance—warm and encourage my spirit.
Get Tim’s devotional HERE!
Timothy Willard is a writer who recently released his 52-week devotional, Longing for More. He has also co-authored Home Behind The Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday (2014) and Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (2011). He has written for various outlets including The Huffington Post, Q Ideas, and Catalyst.
Timothy holds a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently reading for the PhD in Theology under the supervision of theologian and apologist Alister McGrath at King’s College London. He also serves as the Spiritual Director for Praxis Labs (Non-Profit), a social entrepreneurship accelerator program.
Check out his Allume keynote HERE!
Tim is giving away FIVE copies of Longing for More! To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is share this post using one of the SHARE buttons at the end of this post! Then, leave a comment letting me know how you shared it! Winners will be picked Saturday! Good “luck”!
I wish I could give you a real taste of the conference, but pictures will have to do. Enjoy! (Scroll down for the keynote videos and giveaway!)
With my man, Jesse!
With my partner-in-crime, Logan!
With my local friend WHO I ONLY RECENTLY MET AND ADORE, Amy!
With the fabulous Molly!
So, funny story: The sweet blonde in this pic asked our keynote speaker Tim Willard (pictured next to Jesse) if he was the husband of a famous wife! She had no idea who he was, and we all died laughing! She was a great sport though and so we had some with her in the Smilebooth!
The Allume Team
Yes, I’m ridiculous. I know.
The (in)courage gals!
With Saul (DaySpring dude) and Jennifer Dukes Lee
You can watch the Keynote videos HERE (for FREE)! At the beginning of Logan’s I tell a little story about hospitality and jam. 😉
Now, last but FAR from least, I want to tell you how you can show the beautiful people of Iraq that America hasn’t given up on them.
I’m giving away a copy of God Made Light and a hardcover copy of Preemptive Love (which is only $1.99 on Kindle right now)! To enter, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”!
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Love, Sarah Mae