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The Search Committee Review
June 28, 2012, 1:55 pm
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I finished reading Tim Owens’s novel The Search Committee yesterday while at the pool. I loved the book. I have never served on a search committee, but I did enjoy the range of individuals that served on this committee. It was a little like a jury duty, with the range of ages and life experiences represented.
The committee spends a great deal of time traveling through three states to observe potential pastoral candidates for their church. The candidate that is chosen is ideal for all involved. The best thing about this book is the fact that the author did an excellent job of wrapping things up for each of the characters. No one is perfect here. As one character says, “[W]e all have stuff, baggage, that we carry with us everywhere we go.”(p. 359). Several of the characters feel throughout the book that they have muddled their way through life. When one aspect of that life came to an end, they are left wondering what to do next. The answer? On the cross. Jesus died so that our sins may be forgiven. Let go. Yet we hang on. The message in this novel is one of the best I’ve come across in a long time.

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Resignation
June 24, 2012, 4:41 pm
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I read Jim Henderson’s book The Resignation of Eve. That is, the first two chapters. I just could not bring myself to finish the book. I understood Mr. Henderson’s argument that women feel ignored in their churches, but I had trouble reading his statement that women are not allowed to be promoted beyond a certain level. I know that this does occur, but I also felt that the author was writing for a mega-church audience. I do not fit into that category.  Women are the backbone of any church, just as a wife and mother is the backbone of a two-parent family.

Speaking of motherhood, I have two boys under the age of four. A book needs to hold my attention, not leave me wanting to throw it across the room.

 



[W]hole review
June 22, 2012, 11:32 am
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I just read Lisa Whittle’s book “{W}hole. ”It was a refreshing look at what roles/holes do to draw us away from Jesus. Lisa chronicles different stages in her life where she drifted away from Jesus, whether intentionally or not. I loved this book as I was able to use the information provided and look at various points in my own life where I had drifted.

In the forward of the book, George Barna wrote that Lisa Whittle “is an unusual  Christian, one who is willing to let God determine the trajectory of her life and to work within the parameters He sets for her.” Throughout the book, Lisa Whittle gave examples, from her teenage years to when she was an adult, where she fell on her knees and prayed to God, asking him what to do next.

The one issue I had with this book has nothing to do with the subject matter, but with the fact that it was a library book. I was unable to grab a highlighter or a pen and mark the sections in the book that really grabbed my attention. In chapter one, the author wrote, “Holes in my religion, roles, and experiences had kept me from many things: effectiveness, peace, fulfilling my created purpose.”   In college, Lisa tried to balance her role as a pastor’s daughter with the rebellion of attending parties. She began a spiritual recovery, where she began to read the Bible. She became “increasingly open with the only One who knew of my hypocrisy.”  She began her journey to her created purpose.

 



Dry As Rain review
June 16, 2012, 10:09 am
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Eric Yoshida is a 40-something year old man who feels stuck in life. He and his wife have separated. Eric is being considered to replace the retiring owner of the car dealership where he works. His heart is no longer in his work, even though he works twelve to fourteen hour days. His marriage has fallen apart after years of his wife’s rigidity. Kyra is upset after finding an email between Eric and Danielle, one of his co-workers. Eric later has a one-night stand with Danielle. When he receives a phone call that Kyra has been in a car acccident and does not remember the past few years, Eric has an opportunity to fall back in love with his wife. This means ignoring the mess that he has created.

The book’s turning point is when Eric is offered the job he has prepped himself for by working long hours and uprooting his family from the town they loved. His boss stands in front of Eric, as “my life flashed before my eyes.” He remembers why he loves his wife and realizes the changes he must make.

 



Here I Am
June 11, 2012, 7:06 am
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One of my favorite hymns is “Here I am Lord.” I love the lines, “Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.” In You Were Born For This, Bruce Wilkinson writes about how we can listen to God and carry out His message to those around us who are in pain. Mr. Wilkinson invites his readers to be open participants in God’s message.

There are seven miracle keys that the author describes in his book as ways to be open participants. The first of these keys, the Master Key, is based on the book of Isaiah. In particular, the verse that the hymn I like was based upon. “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’”  Mr. Wilkinson says we should be equally as bold as Isaiah was in going out and doing the work of God.

I liked this book and the concepts that it promoted. I don’t know if I would be brave enough to approach a stranger and carry out the concepts, but I may be a little more open to it, if so moved, after I finished this book.

I received this book for free and reviewed it for Waterbrook Multnomah. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.