Be glad in the Lord and rejoice! Psalm 32:11

Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - Making Life Matter: Embracing The Joy In The Everyday by Shane Stanford

Today, I'm pleased to be hosting a book blog tour stop for author Shane Stanford's book, "Making Life Matter: Embracing The Joy In The Everyday."

In a world of fast-paced schedules and priorities, conversations about what makes for a life well lived are a rarity and a luxury. But what if the daily pace of life held in itself the way to make choices more significant? What if the daily to-do lists gave a glimpse into how people might change their future? What if the daily grind, as arduous as it might seem, held the key to a life full of meaning and potential? What if everyday, simple steps, instead of some complex list of seemingly unattainable principles, showed how to make life matter?

Making Life Matter answers these questions and shows that the steps for making life matter are found in rather ordinary decisions, attitudes, and patterns found in normal routines. This book is about our story and our journey, and what we do and feel along the way.

So many times books on Christian Living tend to be, well, preachy.  I was pleasantly surprised to find Shane Stanford's "Making Life Matter" a refreshing departure from the "norm."  Stanford includes personal stories, stories from real life as well as Biblical references in a manner that is interesting, thought-provoking, and, in a word, real!

Stanford explores the premises that making life count today is important, and in each of his chapters, he invites the reader to explore ways that help them to understand how to acheive this in their lives.

Each chapter ends with journey points to help the reader make life matter. You'll find:
  • Suggested study scriptures
  • A Psalm for the daily path
  • Thoughts for the week
  • Life questions that relate to the chapter topic discussed
As Stanford points out in his introduction, whether you make a choice to be sad, mad, or glad in your life, life happens regardless, so why not make the choice to make it the best you possibly can.

               "Make a choice today to make it count!"
                                             - Shane Stanford

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to put a little more joy in their lives.

Shane Stanford is a pastor, author and teacher. He is the Senior Pastor of Christ UMC in Memphis, TN, one of United Methodism’s largest and most influential congregations.

Shane is a former church planter as well as the Director/Host of the United Methodist Hour, a radio and television ministry airing in 30 million homes nationwide.

Shane is the author of eleven books including A Positive Life (Zondervan), The CURE for the Chronic Life (Abingdon), and Mosaic (Abingdon).

Shane has also written several articles published in such journals/magazines as Giving, CNNOnline, Alive, and The Circuit Rider.

Shane has appeared on numerous media programs including ABC’s Good Morning America and Fox & Friends.

Shane travels extensively sharing his story as an HIV positive hemophiliac and pastor. He has presented at such venues as the Saddleback Global AIDS Summit and the National Civil Rights Museum.

He is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford (a Professor of Education) and they are the parents of three daughters, ages 14, 11, and 7.

His latest book is Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday.

Visit his website at www.shanestanford.com.

Check out Shane and his book at the following online locations:
Twitter| Facebook | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Book | Official Tour Page

A copy of this book was provided for this review by Pump Up Your Book Promotions and Abingdon Press. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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