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Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey (Volume 1) Paperback – August 3, 2012
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Marilynn lives with her two teenagers, cat and gerbils, in Kelowna BC Canada. Her day job sees her fix computers, program cash registers, and engage in multimedia for her church. In the evenings and on weekends she's a soundtech helping with various events through the year from funerals to workshops to concerts and weddings. Marilynn sings in the choir, holding down the tenor section, and sang on her church's praise teams for several years as an alto or tenor substitute. Marilynn can be contacted via her author page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marilynn.Dawson.Author or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up for her newsletter at: http://songdove.fa-ct.com/newsletterform.htm
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So I began flipping through the pdf format of Becoming the Bride of Christ. I have to admit at first it seemed like it would be slow read... but I read on and received a blessing for doing so as I read,
The Psalmist chooses the path that pleases God by choosing to be humble
before Him. The Psalmist goes so far as to say that the circumstances God
has allowed in his life, have humbled him. How many of us would say the
same thing if we were honest with ourselves? That the circumstances God
has allowed have humbled us? I know I have to say that. I can point to time
after time when God has had to humble me for various reasons, to remind
me that I am completely and totally dependent upon Him and not anything I
can say or do of myself.
~ Marilynn Dawson
As I read further I found myself in tears... and then in praise... and then in tears... and then in praise again.
Marilynn intertwines this book with her own personal story, a fairy tale type story that is used to illustrate our relationship with Christ, music lyrics of praise and worship, and Scriptural references meant to lead from her book into the Book of all books...
This book is one that I would recommend sitting down with pen or pencil. It could even be used as a group study. I could easily see taking the songs she shares and playing them within the study time as you poured into the Scriptures.
I love the heart that is behind this book, Marilynn's desire is that you would be able to love Christ deeply and obey Him out of that great love for Him.
If you struggle with God's love for you... then this book is the book for you.
If you fear that God could not deeply love because of your past, because of your choices, because of your current circumstances... then I recommend this book to you.
If you doubt that God wants you to experience His love in a real and tangible way and have been taught that He is a far off, distant, cold and legalistic God... then please open the pages of this book... and learn to see your God through the pages of His book as you discover more of who He is and how He feels about those who are His.
"The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy"
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