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Out of the Ashes: How Unplanned Trials Reveal God’s Planned Grace

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“The one who feels that they have ruined their life and whose religion, works, and self-goodness has failed is also the person who can fully understand the love of God.” —Eddie Snipes, Out of the Ashes   Out of the Ashes helps people struggling with difficult circumstances in their lives. The author, Eddie Snipes, describes the beauty of failure and how God can transform our lives and circumstances, but also how God can use our circumstances to teach us to depend on Him rather than rely on ourselves. The author describes God’s love and grace to bring us salvation and new life. He also reminds us that guilt and shame can’t stick to our new life in Christ (I like that analogy). Other chapters deal with receiving God’s gift of abundant life and how to grow in grace. I enjoy reading short books and feel this one is worthwhile if you don’t mind that it’s short.     Tweetables...

Shauna Niequist (@sniequist) on Learning to Swim in the Surrender of Faith

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I wanted Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life (because I loved the cover), but Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way was the one on sale so I picked it up instead. I’m glad I did because my life is going through a bittersweet phase right now. I had never read (or heard of) Shauna Niequist but if I had any doubts about her or her book, they disappeared when I opened to the first essay and discovered to my delight she used my favorite metaphor for faith. Faith is like floating on water. Unfortunately, I tend to flail around like a drowning person. But if you relax and trust the water to hold you, you will float effortlessly. Here’s an excerpt from “Learning to Swim.” Book Excerpt I learned about waves when I was little, swimming in Lake Michigan in navy blue water under a clear sky, and the most...

The Promise of Security by Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM)

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The Promise of Security (Booklet) Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) 2010 64 pages   Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audible audio edition, and Audiobook CD. Available from in paperback, ePub, Audio CD, and MP3 editions. I read the Kindle version.   We’re all desperate for significance. We live our lives screaming, “Somebody notice me!” And do you want to hear something interesting? That’s exactly how God made us. That very need is built into our human hard drive to send us on a search for our Creator, who can assign us more significance than we can handle. –Beth Moore, The Promise of Security (booklet), quote from “When you are searching for significance and value . . .”   I had never read anything by Beth Moore, but I hear people talk about her all the time so I finally picked up a booklet she wrote called The Promise of Security. It’s...