Mary Me: One Woman’s Incredible Adventure with God Kindle Edition
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-Holly Lorincz, Bestselling Author of Crown Heights
I met Elizabeth on one of her drives south. We became fast friends and worked together on several of Habitat's builds. She always has a story or three and she's not afraid to share the pain from her past with a level of honesty that takes guts.
-Linda C. Fuller, Co-Founder of Habitat for Humanity International
This entertaining pilgrimage is full of quirky stories. It's deeply personal, but resonates with familiar spiritual wonderings we can all identify with. The "aha" moments are simple yet profound, dished out appropriately in a way that makes me shake my head and smile.
-Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary Inc.
Mary Me: One Woman's Incredible Adventure with God by Elizabeth B. Bristol is a non-fiction memoir that follows the author as she lays bare her own path to God. Bristol begins with a genuine, bonafide adventure, traipsing across continents with a group of fellow travelers looking for absolutely everything and nothing at all. As Bristol immerses herself in a nomadic African existence, she begins to hear God as he speaks to her with protective messages that save her life several times. On her stateside return, she continues to bounce around without much thought, and even when she decides she wants to walk in the light, it always seems like a bad day to be a good girl, until finally . . . "I'm looking for a church . . ."
That wasn't exactly the end of the story and is actually where Mary Me truly begins, at least in the context of Elizabeth B. Bristol vocalizing a commitment that is not usually considered an easy one to make. As an outsider looking into Bristol's life, not the Big Guy Upstairs--it's the conversational narrative style that makes the memoir so engaging. Bristol is the type of person who invites readers to hang out. She's funny and adventurous; she's authentic. She's real. She colors outside the lines and is upfront about it not being as easy as people make it out to be, a "fisher of men", something clarified as an entirely different style of discipleship a bit down the line. At the same time, she makes some incredibly heartbreaking revelations that take courage to share. This is an excellent book and I'm so glad to have come across it.
-Reviewed By Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Mary Me: One Woman's Incredible Adventure with God by Elizabeth B. Bristol takes readers through her spiritual quest, which she terms as weird because she did not fit into any church with her perception of God. She shares her experiences and stories through this memoir and shows what exactly took her closer to God and her unique adventures with Him. The memoir gives readers different ways of looking at God and His role in their lives. The author studied chakras, walked labyrinths, searched for a sweat lodge, made pilgrimages to Jim Morrison's grave, Loch Ness, and the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The author's words put God in a different light than what He is usually perceived to be. God is cool, and He is packaged in another way. He is gentle, never hurried, always present, and not judgmental or mean, but He is the ultimate friend one seeks.
Mary Me is all about finding the meaning and purpose of life, healing, redemption, and achieving incredible peace after hanging out with God. The author's different style of living, not fitting into any organized religion, and finally understanding the mysterious ways of God make this book interesting to read. Elizabeth B. Bristol is honest and straightforward while sharing her story about what made her take the spiritual path and use it differently. She shares her moments of frustration, challenges, adventure, toxic behavior and lifestyle unapologetically, while giving readers hope to make positive changes when they are facing adversities in their lives. I found the book engaging and the author's honesty is heartwarming. Her writing style is simple and neat, making the story tangible to readers and thereby making it easy to connect. I found myself looking at God in a different way after reading this book. The author made it so simple and uncomplicated.
-Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
From the Author
- ASIN : B08BCRXHJT
- Publication date : June 16, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1293 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #999,673 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the mother of daughters in her age bracket, it was too easy to put myself in her mother's shoes when Elizabeth took off for Africa or moved in with a boy friend. I worried and fretted and ached at the things she faced, the decisions she made. And I sighed with relief when she emerged stronger and wiser.
The book is honest (often painfully so), well written and to be recommended. I admire her journey and her courage at all she reveals.
HA! I literally could not put it down. Took my Kindle to the bathroom with me, and set it up on the counter with Text-to-Speech dude reading it to me while I fixed and ate supper. Read it all the way through before I went to bed. WOW!
This is not some shlocky devotional about how Jesus pulled the author out of a life of sin and now everything's dandy. It is a fascinating, gritty yet uplifting and often wryly humorous story of seeking and finding and wandering away from the divine friend. Bristol's vulnerability in truth-telling is endearing. Most important, her story was a powerful kick in the pants for me to renew my own conversations with "Fred."
On the technical side, the book was excellently written and edited. I hope it is issued in paperback.
For me, it was a hard book to put down.