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Product Details

  • Series: Essentials for Life
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078522968X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785229681
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marcia Ford is an editor, journalist, and author of twenty-two books including The Sacred Art of Forgiveness and Finding Hope. A book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com and freelancer for her local NPR affiliate, Marcia lives with her husband in the Rocky Mountains.

More About the Author

Mostly, I'm a book author, with 18 traditionally published books. I'm also a ghostwriter, though of course I can't talk specifically about those books; let's just say that I've ghostwritten or contributed to 12 additional books. I'm also a book editor, book reviewer, writing instructor, writing mentor, and journalist. I'm married with two adult daughters, and I have a special interest in postmodern spirituality.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seth T. Comfort on April 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read the book Essentials for Life by Marcia Ford. This is a great book that offers spiritual and Biblical truths that can be applied to all aspects of life. The book is comprised of 50 short chapters touching on the "essentials" for life. Of course, and the author says this too, this isn't an all encompassing list, but it definitely hits a lot of very essentials for living. I really enjoyed how much scripture is packed into this book. Each chapter identifies several scriptural references for further investigation. The book hits the big questions first, such as chapter 1, "Answer the Big Question" and then chapter 3 "Seek the Truth About Jesus." It also touches on topics of how to forgive, how to simplify your living and honoring your family. Each chapter also includes a section at the end of the chapter that summarizing the chapter into "Do's" and "Don'ts" I think that will be very helpful as a reference in the future. The book is also chalked full of interesting notes and quotes that encourage and challenge my thinking.
For me, a lot of the chapters were good reminders and encouragement to daily living. I was stretched in my thinking and challenged to make some changes in my life! I really enjoyed the chapter on reading the Bible and the chapter of meditation of scripture. During this season of Lent, our church studied spiritual disciplines and one of those talked about was the discipline of study, having that context in my mind really drove home the point of daily scripture study. "No one ever graduates from Bible study until he meets its Author face to face" - Everett Harris, that was a quote included in the book which I thought was great and encouraging. All in all, I thought this is a great book and will be helpful as a reference in the future. I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gramma Geri on April 1, 2010
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I read this book for BookSneeze. The subtitle for this book is "Your Back -to-Basics Guide to What Matter Most." I think it would especially make a great gift to a new christian. But I feel we could all benefit by being reminded what the "basics" are and to see if our lives line up.

This book is divided into 50 short chapters such as "Learn to Forgive", "Believe What the Bible Says", "Clarify What Faith Is" &" Pursue a Life of Holiness". Each chapter has wonderful insight and scripture to back it up. It also has some quotes from great christian leaders. At the end of each chapter it has a great summary page with applications to apply to your life. I read this book through in a couple of days but I am going to go back and meditate on a chapter at a time. I think this is what the author intented for this book. It would make a great daily devotional.

I think the last chapter was the most encouraging to me. The title is,"Live Intentionally" and I quote, " Scottish theologian Carl Bard once made this observation: ' Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.' "You can do that - you really can. Start from now. Start living with purpose. Start living in the present - intentionally. And make a brand- new ending for yourself."

I think this is a great book. There were only a couple of small things that I disagreed with but nothing major. I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roxanne R. Hicks on April 4, 2010
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I read the book Essentials for Life by Marcia Ford. This is a collection of 50 chapters that can easily be read in one or two sittings. I recommend making it a daily read at the beginning or end of the day. Each chapter centers around a topic or a life question, I found it to be very challenging, it asks you to ask yourself questions about what you believe and how you think about life.

This book allows you to pick a topic that may be relevant to that particular day or event in your life and read it, you certainly do not have to read it in order. I would also recommend this book to anyone that is questioning things in their own life or just beginning to discover their faith. It has a section in each chapter called "What's Essential", this is a blueprint of what to Do and what not to Do as you move forward in finding what is essential for your own happiness.

I enjoyed the book and have been carrying it around in my purse since I got it referring back to certain sections as I go through my day. I am very comfortable recommending this book as an excellent addition to your collection.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Faughn on April 10, 2010
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Marcia Ford's devotional book was a great and helpful read. Essentials for Life is a collection of short chapters-each about four pages-on a variety of subjects that Ford considers spiritual "essentials." Subtitled Your Back-to-Basics Guide to What Matters Most, the book is intended to be a book that helps the reader find and begin to study an area that needs to be addressed.

One of the best parts about the book is that it is filled with helpful quotes, lists, and, of course, Scriptures relating to each topic. If you like quotes, you will find a wealth of them in this volume. Each chapter also ends with a list of 2 "Do's" and 2 "Don'ts" to help you as you seek to apply that chapter's topic.

The topics cover a great variety of areas, from Bible study to holiness to gratitude. I was impressed with how "even" the book was. With so many different topics, it would be easy to see some deeper chapters and some that are weaker. Ford does an excellent job, though, of making each chapter about the same level of reading and depth.

Admittedly, I didn't agree with every word in the book, but for a devotional book, it was very helpful. It was a fairly easy read, but did provide me with plenty of challenges.
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