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Watershed Moments: Turning Points that Change the Course of Our Lives [Kindle Edition]

Gari Meacham
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Book Description

Our lives consist of moments. Stitched together like the seams on a coat, these moments cloak us in awareness and possibility. But what if we miss our moments? What if we live in a bland state of wandering? Seeking growth, seeking passion—but missing the moments in which God tries to pull the thread through the cloth in the way we’ve dreamed of?

Watershed moments are the turning points in our lives brought on by circumstances which stop us in our tracks. A new direction; a fresh perspective; an answered prayer; a humble surrender—these are the moments that redirect us; leaving us profoundly changed.

Through a progression of seven types of Watershed moments (the Watersheds of change, unraveling, rebuilding, purpose, abandoning [control], overcoming, and belief), Gari portrays life as a series of moments we encounter where we can face or turn away from change. A life marked by Watershed moments starts from the place where we live desperately hoping for some kind of new and freeing adventure.

Through the lives of Abraham, David, Rebekah, Jacob, Rachel, Nehemiah, Peter and many more, as well as through personal Watershed moments in her life and the lives of several women who have written their own stories, Watershed Moments is a bold invitation to pay attention to the revelation God gives in the twinkling of a second at our moments of change. God uses watershed moments to position us to go one direction

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We all face turning points that bring great insights and new levels of awareness. Among the most common of these is waking up to a need for change, but life holds many other important watershed moments if we are aware enough to recognize them. According to Meacham, who has inspired thousands of women through Bible studies at Second Baptist Church of Houston, comprehending the messages of watershed moments can help us overcome life’s most difficult hurdles. As a mother and the wife of major-league baseball player and manager Bobby Meacham, the author shares many personal challenges: giving birth to a third child, battling an eating disorder, struggling to keep her marriage together, and learning to influence others in positive ways without attempting to control. Weaving in Bible passages, Meacham’s book offers inspiration for healing ourselves and helping others. --Susan DeGrane

About the Author

Gari Meacham is a writer, speaker, and teacher. Her passion for the word of God has made her a popular speaker throughout the country. Gari currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she regularly speaks and teaches at her home church, Second Baptist Church of Houston, one of the largest churches in the country. Her husband, Bobby, is a former New York Yankees shortstop. Together they’ve been in major league baseball for over thirty years.

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  • File Size: 1801 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW21URC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great book! November 25, 2013
Watershed moments are defined by the author as being “those turning points that inspire us, challenge us, stop us in our tracks, and change the course of our lives”. The whole book is all about the moments, and the things we can learn as we go through them. There are seven “watersheds” that the author uses: Change, Awareness, Rebuilding, Control, Approval, Overcoming and Belief.

In the section on the Watershed of Change, the author makes a statement that really stuck out to me:

“What a joy it is to realize that, like those (mountain) flowers, we don’t change so that we will be noticed by others. We don’t change out of guilt or duty, but rather for the sheer pleasure of learning the ways of God. We know He will acknowledge our courage, even if no one else does.”

What truth there is in that – any changes that we need to make, should be made out of pleasure, just for God. We should never try to change ourselves to satisfy people in our lives, because we don’t need to be worried about them. We only need to worry about one Person.

In the section on the Watershed of Rebuilding, the author takes us back to Nehemiah and his desire to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem. It referenced a lot of the book of Nehemiah, and talked about how he struggled, but he was real and honest with the king about the things he would need. Then it went on to show how standing up to the king, and being extremely open (even though he knew that could have back-fired!) was exactly what he was supposed to do. The king sent him, not just allowing him to rebuild, but supplying him with the materials he needed to do it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much in one book December 30, 2013
This book caught my attention as recently I reached a place where I felt that my life would never be the same, a watershed moment.

While reading through this book I found parts that I connected with, but most of the time I felt like I couldn't keep up with all of the ideas tossed throughout each chapter/section.

The idea of this book is truly wonderful, but it is full of too many ideas/concepts which are meant to build on the topic "watershed moments". Instead of building on the title topic, I found myself struggling to keep up with how it all tied back into "watershed moments". In the short 200 pages there are 7 different "parts", each part containing 2 chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Amazing moments that influence the path of my life. November 27, 2013
This author grabs hold of me right away with a personal story about the birth of her 3rd child. That moment in her life brought her face to face with the God that she professed to believe in. This "turning point" in her life got me thinking right away about certain times in my life. Do I look at my life this way ? Do I see God's imprint on my life at every turn ?
After reading Watershed Moments, I will be looking forward to taking note of my God's positioning at every turn my circumstances. I will be more apt to see Him and His messages to me in the "turning points" in my life. Realizing that those are times that not only move me in a g
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"A watershed moment is a turning point brought on by circumstances that stop us in our tracks...
Like a compass that provides direction,
these are moments that move us to new ways of thinking, relating, discerning, and accepting life's challenges."
-Gari Meacham, Watershed Moments pg. 12

You may know Gari Meacham as a writer or speaker. She regularly speaks and teaches at her church home in Houston, TX, Second Baptist Church of Houston. Or, perhaps, you are a New York Yankees fan and heard of her husband, Bobby, a former Yankees shortstop. I did not recognize Gari from either end of spectrum, but now I know her as the one who challenged me to embrace, submit to, and reflect upon crucial moments in my life. Watershed moments, that is.
The honesty and transparency with which Gari writes in Watershed Moments drew me in and her descriptive analogies made this book more than just words on a page. I felt as if she were painting a picture, surrounding me with the beauty and appeal that these holy moments deliver to our lives.

"These watershed moments that change us aren't predictable or scripted.
They're as fresh as wildflowers and unique as fingerprints,
designed to penetrate the protective layers of our will until we surrender ourselves to their impact."
-Gari Meacham, Watershed Moments pg. 20

Gari brings to light 7 different types of "watershed moments" one experiences in life: change, awareness, rebuilding, control, approval, overcoming, and belief. These moments are so impacting on one's life that he or she will never be the same from that moment on. Her chapter on "Influence, Not Control" particularly grabbed my attention as I not only use my gifting as a Biblical Counselor, but also as a work-at-home-mom to a toddler.
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More About the Author

I love words, spoken, unspoken, written, recited, or sung. I love the way words can change, challenge, and heal us. Mostly, I love God's words...the bible. His words have healed me, changed me, and sustained me. I think that's why it's my favorite thing to talk about. To me, there's nothing more exciting than finding something new about God I can brag on.

My husband Bobby and I have been married for over thirty years. We have three fantastic kids and two insanely cute grandbabies. Each day I thank God for entrusting me with such gifts.

I adore baseball. Bobby and I have traipsed this country over 47 times moving from state to state with major league baseball in our rearview. I thrive on teaching and speaking to groups of God seekers, in any setting, these are my people. Nothing energizes me more than the look in the eyes of those who want to grow spiritually. I'm looking forward to sharing my new book, Spirit Hunger, from Zondervan. You can also visit my website at

I call myself shabby chic because although I'm a bit banged up, I can look pretty cool if you see me from a distance. Don't expect perfection--just an honest, authentic love for God and His people.

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