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Readable or not? Depends
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2017
Whilst I appreciate the author's writing skill and the main theme that accepting too many invitations from the world will deter us from accepting those from God, I am not really fond of her devotions on individual topics/chapters. I know that devotionals are very personal. Yet, as an avid reader of spiritual book, I would suggest potential buyers to test read one from a library before actual purchase.
p.s. Below please find some favorite passages of mine for your reference.
When we say yes to invitations that keep us compulsively busy, we may be exhibiting a lazy ambivalence that actually keeps us distracted from the invitations that matter most. Squeezing every margin to the max, we are left with less time and space to respond to the invitations from God. We want to enjoy life, but ironically our many yeses to invitations keep us stressed, drained and inattentive to the divine invitations that bring real freedom and belonging. Pg14
Too many evangelical leaders are captivated more by business culture than biblical culture, spending more time absorbed in strategies and effectiveness and relatively little time in prayer. No, it doesn’t have to be an either or situation, but let’s face it, it often is. Pg14
God’s invitations are meant to mend, shape, anchor and grow us into the character of Jesus. They call us into our true selves in Christ. They free us from the lie that says, “The more invitations the better.”….Freedom comes from being an intentional follower of Jesus – one who is a little Christ in this world. Pg16
Jesus didn’t buy the pyramid structure of leading and following. He said that following and ruling (leading) are both about serving. Serving flattens the pyramid into a circle. Serving brings us down. I suspect Jesus’ emphasis on service is what gave rise to the term servant leadership. Still it is an irony that servant modifies leader rather than the other way round. Pg40
A familiar catch phrase in leadership seminars is “Great leaders are made, not born. “ Dare I suggest a new phrase? “Great leaders are reborn in order to be made followers.” The Lord’s joy is reserved for servants who follow. In the end, the words that matter most are these. “Well done, good and faithful servant…..Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Mt25:23) pg54
The Practice of the Presence of God is a lovely Christian classic written in the 17th century. It records the wisdom of a Carmelite lay brother named Lawrence, who spent much of his life working in a monastery kitchen. There, surrounded by pots and pans, Brother Lawrence discovered that circumstances don’t determine God’s proximity. It didn’t matter whether he was peeling potatoes, repairing sandals, or praying the chapel or alone in his cell; anytime and everywhere, God was nearby. A plague at a friend’s home reads: Bidden or unbidden, God is present. To apprehend God’s nearness, all Brother Lawrence needed to do was learn to practice the presence. By keeping his attention open to God in everything, he found God in everything.
Liddell, a devoted Christian, believed running was an experience of who he was in God. In the movie he tells his sister, “I believe God made me for a purpose…But he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” Liddell’s core identity was rooted in God rather than running. He was not out to prove who he was. So when his qualifying heat was scheduled for Sunday, he felt free not to compete….Liddell wasn’t a slave to earning an identity, but neither was he in bondage to rules. During WWII, where Liddell was incarcerated, in that bleak and frightening place of a POW camp in China, Liddell organized sports and games for children whenever the guards allowed it. And he did it on Sunday! Liddell knew who he as at the core of his being. He knew how to work, how to rest and how to break the rules. He knew that races and games in a POW camp could be of God – even on Sunday. Pg73
If you aren’t resting, you are a slave to something. Pg74
Being jobless makes us feel restless, fearful, over vigilant, compulsive and in need of fig leaves. An identity based on doing is always precarious and unrestful. And it is not what God intended. Pg76
Several times during the day, but especially in the morning and evening, ask yourself for a moment if you have your soul in your hands or if some passion or fit of anxiety has robbed you of it…..If you have gone astray, quietly bring your soul back to the presence of God, subjecting all your affections and desires to the obedience and direction of His Divine Will. – St. Francis de Sales pg153
Prayer is the raising of the mind and the heart to God. – Baltimore Catechism pg153