I'm pretty sure this is the fastest I've finished a book to review on my blog. This book was absolutely fabulous!
The summary: Though I think the title is just. slightly. cheesy...it also tells the purpose of the book. We all have life lists of things we want to do or accomplish in our lives, but what if we put that same focus and energy into what God would have us do...and in turn become who He wants us to be? Rather than a checklist of actual things to do, as you might think, author Teresa Tomeo actually describes attitudes and mindsets to pursue in each chapter (Live with Passion, Live with Stillness, Live Like You Are Loved).
What I liked: This book was timely and helpful for me, especially the beginning chapters. It's an easy read, yet thought-provoking. You can tell Teresa has a background in news reporting by her writing style but this book had more of a conversational, personal feel to it than a different book I've read by her before. She's honest, humble, and energetic. With each chapter, she had great hands-on ways to improve in living a purposeful, God-centered life. She also includes amazing quotes in the chapters!! I'm a lover of quotes and she knows how to find the good ones!
What I disliked: Certain parts of the book seemed to focus on finding purpose, passion and ministry within a job and using your talents to make a difference in the world by the job you have/create, or by even coming up with a new idea or organization. While I do think this is inspiring and important, it wasn't particularly so for me because right now I feel overwhelmingly busy with both jobs and am trying to seek more personal time. In some ways, I felt guilty that I don't have an all-consuming passion for my job (and just want to be a wife and mom!). I know Teresa has great respect for any way that we live for God, big or small, so it was simply my perception or sensitivity rather than her writing.
Favorite part from the book: Hmm...I really liked the following chapters: Live with Stillness, Live in the Mess, Live with Instruction, Live with Understanding. But I got something out of every chapter...final thoughts: I would definitely recommend this book!
I'm curled up on my bed with my laptop, you know, on top of my lap. (ha. funny.) I'm reading Pinterest quotes. All the good ones I've pinned into my quotes folder. For times like these. For nights like these.
When I forget who I am. When I see my sin and selfishness and I'm overwhelmed. When I feel the weight of unfulfilled desires, unchecked to-do lists, and unprocessed emotions. When I'm convinced I'm stagnant, boring, empty, worthless. When guilt and discouragement blind me.
I sank into the chair earlier. Desperate for prayer yet distant from Him at the same time. I leaned my head back and rested for a moment. My mind was silent then jolted awake by my heart speaking to God unexpectedly.
Do you want me? it asked, pleaded, as two crocodile tears slipped down my cheeks unbidden. I was startled by my heart's cry. It wasn't what I had come to pray about.
But perhaps it was the root of my struggles.
Did I believe in a Father who loved me--liked me even--and wanted me, as His child, as His beloved? Or did I believe I was simply His servant--His slave?--who never was good enough, never quite who she wanted to be, so perhaps not who He wanted her to be either?
I see it written out and I know the truth. I know it in my mind. But my heart doesn't grasp it sometimes.
So I'm reminding my heart tonight. And you know, I think God uses even Pinterest to speak to us sometimes.
This week's topic for the N.A.S. blog group is beauty. That elusive, misunderstood, coveted quality that we're all seeking whether we admit it or not. And honestly? Our seeking for it uncovers a deeper desire for the One who is Beauty itself. I'm a lover of the good, the true, and the beautiful...but God is the very definition of each one of those! So as I seek these qualities, I need to remember HE is the source of them, and He wants to be found.
"Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next." -From the Serenity Prayer