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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wise Guys review and giveaway

Do you have a guy in your life who refuses to ask directions or ask for help?

I know this man in sitcoms and perhaps a bit in my father. The only other man I know intimately is my husband. I knew some men in college and they seemed more like my husband than my father. The premise of the book, Wise Guys, seems to be "Men are dolts." The opening foreword was written by "bestselling author" Kyle Idleman. The foreword was full of stereotypes and false generalities that really put me off. I didn't want to continue reading because I felt the author was so clownish that there wouldn't be any meat to this book. Then I realized that the foreword was not written by the actual author of the book.

The Introduction was lengthy and unnecessary despite the insistence of the author to READ THIS FIRST. He insists this is a problem that men have but I have yet to meet a man my age who has this problem. I certainly don't have this problem as my numerous friends and neighbors can attest. My husband and I always asks for help when we come to a problem we can't solve. Whether it's how to get rid of fire ants, what's the best way to coop our chickens, or how to discipline our children; we ask.

One of the exercises in the first chapter was to write a half dozen ways you hope to improve in the next five years. He claims people don't think about this. I think they do. If you don't, then maybe this book is for you. He then challenged the readers to write out specific ways they are pursuing those goals. I don't know why someone would have goals and not have a way to achieve them in place; so that seems silly. I want to be more peaceful and patient. So I've implemented disciplines to help me achieve those goals. Those goals aren't going to magically achieve themselves. The whole exercise seemed silly. He says I'm special. Maybe it's that I'm female?? I don't think so. It's not me. It's the book.

I didn't like the book. I didn't understand why there was a "Week 1" study guide in the back with no other weeks' study guides. I felt that the big epiphany of "Fathers have abdicated" to be trite. Even secular authors note this. I don't think this surprises anyone. I found the whole book trite. I only skimmed the rest of the chapters because of how mundane it was. I have a book of wise lessons I learned throughout my life and I am not looking to publish it. It's great that Kent Evans has learned lessons. You should learn lessons too. Maybe this book will jump start those lessons. Maybe this book isn't mundane. Maybe its meant for a younger crowd who loves when people write about how you should read the next sentence. And you should read the next one too. Read the next sentence in case there's a point. In summary, keep reading these sentences I've compiled. See? Not much as far as content. You're probably wondering why I wrote this sentence.

It's just poor writing.
This makes me think he's just trying to make money. 










I asked my husband:



Maybe I live under a rock. He got over a dozen men to write accolades for this poor-humor book. I've not heard of any of them.

If you want a copy even after reading this, go ahead and comment and I'll give a copy to the first comment. If anyone comments. I may have been too harsh. If you live near me and want my copy, let me know.




WISE GUYS:

For guys, more than ever, it’s a confusing world. Your GPS doesn’t offer any maps

showing how to get to the point of wisdom — and who likes asking for directions

anyway?

But there are ways to get that guidance you need. The answers may be all around

you, in the form of guys you already know. Wise guys. More experienced guys.

Better-traveled guys. Could there be ways to tap into their invaluable knowledge

without enduring dull lectures or taking pages of notes?

Kent Evans has surrounded himself with these wise guys. They have shown him all

the back roads on the way to wisdom. With a great deal of humor and an endless

supply of stories, he wants to show you how to gather life-enriching truth from the

guys in your own circle.

KENT EVANS is the board chairman and co-founder of Manhood Journey, a ministry

that helps fathers and mentors build the next generation of godly men.  Kent has

personally experienced how the guidance of godly men can change the course of a

life.  Today he is blessed with a solid 20-year marriage, four wonderful sons and a

fulfilling life – largely because of what he’s learned from other men.  He lives in

Louisville, Kentucky, and can be found on Twitter @manhoodjourney.

Official Website - : https://www.manhoodjourney.org/wise-guys

Amazon - :  http://www.amazon.com/Wise-Guys- Unlocking-Hidden-Wisdom/dp/193962228X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460165778&sr=8-1&keywords=Wise+Guys+Kent+Evans

Twitter - @manhoodjourney

Monday, May 23, 2016

bearing witness review and giveaway

To win a copy, simply comment below. I'll select a winner this weekend.

When I was first given the option to review this book, I was more than a bit skeptical. In my younger days I would not have thought twice before reading a book about martyrs. But as my age increases so have my strings of attachment to this world. Not to this world exactly, but to my children more specifically. I don't like thinking about physical or spiritual harm that may befall them. I don't like to think about how they might be tortured because of my refusal to recant my belief in Christ.

When I think about the torturous persecution that so many Christians have experienced throughout history and even today still, I shudder. I try to imagine what that is like. How would I handle that situation? What would I do? I hope I'd be able to tell my kids, "It's going to hurt. It's going to hurt a lot. But then we get to see Jesus and its all over. And then you will never hurt again."

Would I be able to withstand the torture? I don't think I would be able to stand strong. But I know I wouldn't be able to turn away from Jesus. Every day we make decisions that draw us closer or further from God. I've not yet met a person who follows Christ wholeheartedly. But I have met many people who are trying. I've met many more who pretend to be. Rarely have I met someone who has deceived themselves into believing they are. This book is a list of people who were given the option to live wholeheartedly for Christ. They chose to die wholeheartedly for Christ. They chose a life that ended in a death without hypocrisy. Many people if given the option to be shot in the head or deny Christ, would choose to be shot. But how many of us could stand to watch our children be ravaged by lions because we could not deny Christ? Do we love Christ more than we love our children?

I live in America in one of the most hospitable eras. We think persecution is being force to bake cakes. I love this form of persecution. I will bake gay cakes all day long if given the choice. What a great opportunity to open a dialogue about the grace of God and the sacrifice of his Son to lead every consumer of that cake to heaven. Christ died to save the people who eat that cake. I like this time and place.

This book is part of the Bearing Witness Stories Project, a collection of Anabaptists from a wide range of traditions. I didn't realize that anabaptists had any kind of evangelism. This book proves me wrong. In a world where people of faith are tempted to take up violence to protect their convictions and cultures, these martyrs show how genuine power is made perfect in weakness. Christian martyrdom and costly discipleship are not confined to some legendary past. With vivid storytelling and reliable sources, this book teaches us about nonviolent love in the face of opposition and challenges us to take risks for the gospel today. (back cover)

Why do we in North America still need to tell martyr stories today?

...while reminding us that nonresistant love is not likely to be rewarded here on earth.




About the book specifically, it has a nice content page that shows the martyr as well as their location. You don't have to read the book straight through. You can go to a specific person. I read one story. It was difficult to read. I cried a lot. I don't know that "encouraging" was the right word so much as self-reflective and humbling are. This book makes me feel stupid for everything I've ever complained about.

(For the record, I am not anabaptist. If you come into my house and threaten my children, I will assume that you are very eager to meet Christ and I will do everything in my and my Glock's power to help you meet him asap.)


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”






Tuesday, May 17, 2016

a thought on thoughts

Driving home from teaching my homeschool ballet class today I started thinking about the stories my friends told me about rude strangers who have offered their unsolicited opinions to them while at the store or play ground or elsewhere in public. I started imagining what I would do in similar situations. Then my imagination got carried away and I started thinking of more and more sitcom-esque scenarios. These things never happen to me but I actually spend a lot of time thinking about how my response should be just in case. 

Why do I do this to myself? I wondered. It cause myself quite a bit of anxiety over things that never happen so that I won't feel anxiety in the moment of when it does happen.

What if I started imagining good things happening to myself? So I tried imagining a scene where a stranger came up and offered me a bunch of money. It was to far-fetched. Then I tried imagining someone coming up and complementing my children. This actually happens often. And it makes me feel good. I should imagine that instead every time.

Maybe you could try it too. If you're like me and day dream horror stories, instead day dream about amazing things. What would that be like? I'm hoping that my entire demeanor changes. I'm hoping that I'll relax. I'm hoping that it helps with adrenal fatigue. I'm hoping that I'll become kinder and less on-edge all the time. I'm hoping I'll be more patient with my kids. 


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

family devotional bible review and giveaway

I love this Bible.

If you struggle with how to lead your family through a family devotional time, get this book. There's 130 devotion pages through the entire Bible. That's enough for you to go back through them without it feeling repetitive. If you feel like watching we open the Bible and looking at it for the first time, I made a video:


Each devotion is a summary of the story. I like that each one is gospel-centered. When I was growing up, the Old Testament was for us to learn good behavior and it wasn't until I was an adult that I learned that the Old Testament is actually pointing toward Christ. Christ is after our hearts not our behavior.

Here's an example of the beautiful artistry-

Questions for the family and the key verse that accompany the above devotional

There's an index of devotions at the back for quick reference if you little one moves the ribbon! 

















To win this giveaway simply comment below and I will draw a name at random on May 20, 2016. Good luck!


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
#ESVFamilyDevotionalBible #flyby

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

more details on none like him part 2

My thoughts on None Like Him by Jen Wilkin

Chapter 2 - Incomprehensible

Are you familiar with the Westminster Catechism of Faith? What is the chief end [main purpose] of man? To glorify God and enjoy him forever. Wilkin says similarly, "According to Jesus, knowing God is the fundamental aim of life." (p33) And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3 If you've ever wondered what your purpose here on earth is, it is to glorify God in whatever you do.

But God is not completely knowable in this life. Yet we are known completely by him. "Here again we see the vast differences between God and his creatures. Because God is infinite, he is incomprehensible, unable to be fully known. Because humans are finite, we are able to be fully known. And the implications of our knowability should change the way we live." (p35) We don't even fully understand ourselves - not only each other or humanity but specifically I do not fully understand me nor do you understand you. Besides that, the Bible clearly and rightly teaches that our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9). This is why I always roll my eyes whenever people say to "follow your heart". Um, no. Don't do that. Al Qaeda follows their heart. They have good intentions. They think they're the good guys.

One great aspect of being completely known, is that when Christ died for our sins, he did so knowing fully what we are capable of. He is not shocked at your most horrendous sin nor is he impressed by your most righteous acts. We have nothing to prove to God. Atheists often pose the question to Christians, "What if someone does whatever they want their entire life and right before they die they become a Christian? What if Hitler used his dying breath to become a Christian? Is he still going to heaven?" The idea is that somehow these people are tricking God. "Ah ha! I lead my life however I wanted and right before I died I said "so sorry. never again." Now you have to let me into heaven!" And somehow God is sitting in heaven getting tricked into letting sinners into heaven. First, only sinners are allowed in heaven aside from God and angels. Second, God judges hearts and not actions. Death-bed conversions are possible but highly unlikely. Think of that time you were mean to someone that you just can't get over. Would you like to know that if you used your final breath to say sorry, that that person would accept your apology? Then why keep that chance from anyone else? It's my personal opinion that deathbed conversions are highly implausible even while possible.

"No, I am not an expert on my neighbor. Only God is. It may feel good to be quick to diagnose my neighbor's faults and prescribe a course of treatment, but my desperately wicked heart deceives me with the lie that I have any skill to do so. Recognizing this should help me walk in compassion toward those around me." (p38) I crossed out neighbor and wrote sister, and crossed that out and wrote brother, and crossed that out and wrote child, and crossed that out and wrote parent. "If I am fully known and not rejected by God, how much more ought I to extend grace to my neighbor, whom I know only in part?" (p39)This reminds me of the crazy parkers I referred to yesterday. It's a good lesson. It takes humility to be gracious. And if you aren't being gracious, you aren't walking in humility. If you aren't walking in humility, then you are not walking with God.

Find the giveaway HERE. Giveaway ends Wednesday. 



None Like Him: Ten Ways God is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing)
Author: Jill Wilkin
163 pages
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.
We're not.
And that's a good thing.
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone.
Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
#NoneLikeHim #JenWilkin  #FlyBy

bug playground for micah

Micah is four. Micah loves everything and everyone. Micah loves mud and bugs. Micah collects bugs. He likes to keep earthworms in my cups. He keeps snails in my cups. He keeps grasshoppers in his pockets. I had some mason jars that I thought would be a better solution but I didn't have a way to let air in.

At Goodwill we found a "magnifying glass" with an insect tube and tweezers for collection. But as you can imagine, for a dollar it didn't last very long before it broke. So my hunt for a solution continued.

I found a "bug playground" on amazon and so far Micah loves it! We just got it today. It was easy to assemble. It took about 5 minutes. It's smaller than I expected but big enough for bugs. It seems like it's the right size for a four year old boy. I do not think it is worth the $15 I paid for it. It comes with a pair of collections tweezers too.






details of none like him part 1

I have a feeling this is going to read like a chatty book report but I'm really excited about it anyway! If you are a bibliophile like me, you will be more likely to enjoy this post.

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin
Introduction
Psalm 111:10 The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. 
Wilkin presents the purpose of this book as a means to reclaim the idea of what a God-fearing woman is away from previous eras' solemn antique frames as well as away from today's sepia toned Instagram photos.
The idea she presents reminds me of so many cultural differences that Christians claim as "THE way". One group says real Christians only dress in such a way and another says the only speak in such tones while a third says you can really only tell a real Christian on some other outward appearance. Of course none of these reveal a person's heart. Personalities and cultural influence make judging hearts based on outward appearance impossible. The Bible says repeatedly that man judges the outward appearance (still true today) while He judges the heart. You can look like an Amish farmer and be damned. You can look like a Hollywood pop star and be wholeheartedly following Christ. If bygone eras had seen you today they would think you are very poorly dressed and hopelessly without Christ. Culture affects fashion even within the Church. My opinion is that it doesn't matter what you look like if your heart is far from God. You can fool man, but God can see through your lies.
Wilkin's ideas also remind me of the current feminist trend in our society. Christians shun the idea of "feminism" because it used to mean "we hate men!" But nowadays my generation has redeemed it to mean "women are just as capable as men." But that doesn't necessarily mean we usurp authority or negate Biblical teaching on headship. I know many Christian feminists who do think that way, but I do not. I am feminist as far as society is concerned - equal pay for equal work, suffrage, independence, education, and sports are all open for moving women up the figurative ladder. But whether it makes sense to us or not, the Bible clearly says, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands." Ephesians 5:22-24 Of course this sucks if your husband does not in turn follow Ephesians 5:25-28. And this also does not negate 5:21 where we are all commanded to submit to each other. I do not believe the Patriarchal misogyny of the Pearls, Gothard, Phillips, and Wilson's cult-like teachings are Biblical. Families aren't to blindly follow the husband into sin. Families aren't to cover the sins of the husband from exposure. The husband is not the most important member of the family. The family is not to be sacrificed to save the husband...if anything, the husband is to be sacrificed to save the family which is what Christ did. Wilkin doesn't address this at all; these are only my thoughts.

I'm really having to stop myself from ranting on both of the above points. sigh. Moving on...

Chapter 1 - Infinite
Wilkin says that "any discussion of hos God s not like us must begin with an acknowledgment that we are measurable and he is not." (p16) I don't know that that is necessarily true, but it is certainly an easy place to begin. She probably means that she must begin there because that is what makes the most sense to her. I really like how she defines "infinite" as "not measurable". I know that's true but reading it makes me realize it. I immediately visualize a 3d axis from math class with the x-, y-, and z-axis extending forever. Just to illustrate to yourself think about something that can be represented in MORE than 3d. Let me know what you think in a comment. Perhaps you think of a 3d object moving through space and time; that's 5d = width, length, height, location, and time. God has even more dimensions than what you can think...and yet he doesn't change. What is C. S. Lewis who tried to describe dimensions by explaining a 2d creature would not comprehend the difference between seeing two lines that start a meter apart and come together at a point like a triangle and a road that looks like two lines starting a meter apart and converging to a single point in the distance. That third dimension holds no meaning to them. We could stand where we are and touch the tip of the triangle, but we would have to travel quite some time to reach where the road converges to a single point (which is forever because the road never actually converges on itself, it only appears to converge). Our comprehension is so much greater than the 2d creature. Similarly, His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways; and as far as the heavens are above the earth so is His thoughts above our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

"How should the knowledge that God is ____ change the way I live?" (p17) This is a most excellent questions and I find it very challenging. We may be able to ask this at each chapter. How should the knowledge that God is infinite change the way I live? Assuming that I am not already, I think it would make me realize my small size. My speck of time on earth is inconsequential. And yet He still cares for me. That's amazing. A hate-filled creator would play with us like lemmings not caring if we suffer, die, or play. But our loving God instead has shown us who He is and has suffered along side us. This reminds me of a Doctor Who quote, "You know that in nine hundred years of time and space, I've never met anybody who wasn't important." (A Christmas Carol, Season 6 Christmas special)

Isn't it interesting how we think we are in control? It takes very little to unravel that illusion. You may think that since you don't text and drive you won't get in a wreck. But that doesn't keep some other selfish person from texting and hitting you, perhaps killing you and your daughter along with herself and her own daughter. You don't get to keep her from texting while driving. You aren't in control. You don't get to control whether you get cancer or not. You can be a clean eating advocate who exercises and leads a healthy lifestyle. You even floss regularly! But that won't necessarily keep you from cancer. "That-which-we-can-measure we think we can to some degree control." (p17) We try to control our texting and driving, but we can't control others and thus aren't in control of our own lives. And we can't control God.

Once in college, a classmate told me he was an atheist because once upon a time he was coming home from a stressful day at work and he just wanted his girlfriend to be home already. He said he prayed that "if there is a God out there then let her be home and I'l believe in you." First, God wouldn't interfere with the girlfriend's freewill to choose to go home or not. Second, God is not sitting in heaven whining about how no one believes in him and he'd do anything to just get some attention. And third, "The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous." (Proverbs 15:29) God is not looking to bless people supernaturally who are looking to then sin with that blessing. My classmate's heart was far from God and arrogantly thought that God needed him to believe in Him. God is not to be bargained with, controlled, or manipulated. He is beyond you.

Have you ever noticed that one person in your circle of friends or in your family who somehow always judges people to be less than him/herself? S/he constantly says condescending things about "why would that person do that if they know that the Bible says such and such?" They're not really asking but rather pointing out the moral failings of others. It doesn't nothing to encourage or uplift or even convict others. The only thing this person is trying to assert is that s/he is morally superior. It is possible that this person is not doing that but is instead just socially awkward and uncouth with no filter on their mouths or unintelligent. If the former, though, we can see looking from the outside at them that they are hypocritical despite claims to be otherwise. They judge themselves on their motives and judge others on their actions. "But unless our measure of comparison is smarter, richer, and more moral than we are, we will preserve the myth of our own ascendancy." (p19) These people choose their own strengths to compare to others' weaknesses and are strangely silent on their own weaknesses. This quote is for them. Be mindful that it isn't for you. It is for you and me too. However, those people may only be unintelligent and truly wondering how someone can say and believe that eating an entire cake is bad for you and then sit down and eat an entire cake. Or how someone can say and believe that they should love their neighbor and think of others as better than themselves and then get mad that a driver didn't completely stop at the stop sign and stole their turn. They don't see the hypocrisy. One is EATING AN ENTIRE CAKE! The other makes sense...to them.

In fact, that last point has been pressing on me for weeks now even before reading this book. Philippians 2:3 says, "in humility count others more significant than yourselves." It really hits a nerve with me. My neighbors are terrible parkers. I don't mean next-door to me. I mean my entire neighborhood is filled with people who do not park properly. It's astounding. We have an amazingly wide road with adequate driveways and everyone has a two car garage. And yet most streets are so cluttered with vehicles that there's barely space for a single car to fit down the road. And then they park in front of fire hydrants (I called the fire department and they said they'd just ram the car so don't worry about it), they park AT stop signs, they park on the curve of intersections, and they park un-parallel so they stick out begging to be hit. It could drive me nuts. I had thought about leaving notes about what terrible parkers they are. I had thought about posting to the neighborhood board that it's dangerous to do all of the above. I did call the police about the car parked at the stop sign because I had 3 near-misses with other cars because of him. But for the others, I decided that they needed this. They had a bad day. They are stuck at a job they hate. They are addicted to cigarettes and hate themselves for it. They have disrespectful kids. They don't know Jesus. This softens my heart toward them. They are more significant than me. I get to show love by deciding that these silly things don't bother me.

And then I get to practice with my kids. If anyone on this planet is more significant than I, it is my kids. I was given to them to care for them, to provide for them, to point them toward Christ. And yet I yelled at them! oh I hate myself when I do that. Kids do what they are taught. I yell like a banshee because I was taught that that is how you react to everything. By God's grace I'm learning that's not correct behavior. Remembering that my kids are more significant than I am has been very good are reeling in my reactions. Funnily, Peppa Pig has also helped show what appropriate reactions look like. Taking this a step further, if you need to throw your kid's ice cream away to show them how to be thankful, then perhaps you should take a moment for introspection and see that you're a horrible example for your kids. When my kids react poorly to a situation, I own it. We talk about it because I realize they are only doing what I taught them by example to do. As I've been changing myself, I've witnessed them changing too! It's very encouraging to see and I could not do it without the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

"He measures our sins, yet his immeasurable grace exceeds them." (p27) If we are to imitate Christ, then with our neighbors and our children and with that jerk who just cut us off we need to extend grace. We need to get so good at extending grace that we don't think of that driver as "that jerk".

The giveaway can be found HERE until Wednesday.
None Like Him: Ten Ways God is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing)
Author: Jill Wilkin
163 pages
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.We're not.And that's a good thing.Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone.Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.#NoneLikeHim #JenWilkin  #FlyBy

Sunday, May 1, 2016

none like him giveaway and review

Reading a book is a luxury nowadays that I can hardly afford between diaper changes and reading lessons. That's where I am in life and I understand that's where most of the people reading this are as well. Establishing that, I think you will be very encouraged by this book. I haven't even finished it yet. I decided to take notes as I read through hoping to find one or two good sentences but after six pages of good quotes while only reading half way through at this point, I realized that I was mostly just re-writing the book. So just read the book. To win a copy, comment below and I will have a random drawing on Wednesday after work.

None Like Him by Jen Wilkin is written for women, but I haven't found much that pertains only to women.

(edit: a more in depth review can be found in parts by found in the label "non like him")

I've never heard of the author, but again if it isn't sung in a monotonous, repetitive jingle on Nick Jr. then I probably haven't heard of it. Matt Chandler and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth (apparently she got married. I was so confused until I did a google search) both wrote accolades for this book by Jen Wilkin. A friend of mine said Wilkin spoke at her church (the same church pastored by Matt Chandler), The Village Church in Highlands Village, TX, and learned a great deal from her 6 week seminar on parenting.

Let me share how awesome I think this book is. I felt like I should live blog me reading it  - ha! It really is a great book. The introduction starts with the purpose of the book, she "hopes to reclaim the idea of the 'God-fearing woman' from yellowed portraits in antique oval frames, as well as from the soft-filtered script-adorned frames of Instagram." (p13) I love mock-Instagram inspiration just as much as genuine Instagram inspiration. The idea is to point others toward Christ and each culture will have a different way of doing that. Some days, a genuine Instagram inspirational quote helps me focus on Christ and sometimes a mock-inspirational quote will help me remember that appearances are deceptive and to get my heart right. Each has their place and I love them both. You can look at an old photo and think, "ah yes, they truly knew how to worship back then" but you need to remember that even the Bible says that's not how to view history (Ecclesiastes 7:10). You're still looking at the appearance of something. Man will always judge the outward appearance but God judges the heart. You don't know if that godly lady in the antique frame was only swept-up by her Christian culture or if she genuinely loved the Lord.









I can't believe how much I'm writing and I haven't even gotten to the first chapter. Instead of sharing my favorite parts, I want you to go read this book and then let me know when you're done and we can chat about it!

A bit from the publisher and production crew:
None Like Him: Ten Ways God is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing)
Author: Jill Wilkin
163 pages
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.
We're not.
And that's a good thing.
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone.
Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
#NoneLikeHim #JenWilkin  #FlyBy