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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review - Patterns of Grace by Debbie Macomber / Mother's Day Recommendation

I am a big fan of Debbie Macomber's writing, and I am thrilled to share her latest book with you just in time for Mother's Day.

About The Book:

Drawing on her own experiences and observations, Debbie writes from the heart in this very personal devotional book, opening a window into the faith of the writer behind the stories. In her true first-person devotions, learn about how God transformed her marriage and her heart, how a Bible verse helped simplify her life, how she learned to not just pray but to listen, and how she sees God's fingerprints all over her life.

Through chapters like 'Thank-You Notes to God' and 'Be a Blessing,' readers will be encouraged to see the patterns of God's grace making their own lives beautiful.

Debbie has such a sweet way of sharing her faith and never has it been more evident that in this slender book of devotions. She includes personal stories that reflect her walk with God, some of her favorite Bible verses, and space to write your own reflections and thoughts.

This would be a wonderful gift to the special woman in your life - be it your mom, your grandmother, your best friend, or just anyone you think might need an extra little lift to their days.

Here is an excerpt from Debbie's book -

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. —Isaiah 11:6 (NIV)

A few years back I was seated on a plane next to a teenage boy who was the talkative sort. We struck up a conversation and chatted for a good portion of the flight. I talked to him about my work and then showed him my current knitting project. Both are passions of mine, along with my family.

Although we’d been talking the entire flight, I didn’t really know what his passions were. He was a rather cheerful young man and, like our younger son, he was a runner, and was active in his school and church, but little else. So I asked him what his passion was.

He turned and looked at me and didn’t answer for several moments. "I only have one real passion," he told me.

I sat up to take notice.

"Jesus Christ," he said. "I want to share what Christ did for me with everyone I meet."

I learned a valuable lesson from that young man: My life may be filled with passions, but none are as important as my relationship with my Savior.

Lord, thank You for the passions in my life, but don’t ever let me forget that You are first and foremost.

                                                        - page 53, "Patterns of Grace:Devotions From The Heart"

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have not read her in a while Sharon! When I seen your lovely post it made me miss her writing.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Sheila, Debbie is one of my favorite fiction writers, and I also find that I enjoy her devotional writing as well! She really touches the heart with her words! I think you'd like this one a lot!