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Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God's Purpose in Each New Day Paperback – October 1, 2014
About the Author
Bonnie Lyn Smith is a writer, editor, and public speaker. She resides with her husband, three children, and two Shih Tzus in the Boston area. Together, they have lived on both U.S. coasts as well as the Marshall Islands. She regularly blogs at “Espressos of Faith” (www.bonnielynsmith.com) on everything from great books she is reading to parenting in the trenches, special education, mental health advocacy, the ultimate latte, dog antics, and how grace makes a difference in every part of the everyday. Her heart has long been devoted to discipleship and prayer ministry in its various forms. Currently, she enjoys learning about Christ with the Junior High School students she and her husband teach. Before that, her Sunday School heart belonged to preschoolers; when she grows up, she wants to love Jesus as purely as they do.
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I got a false start with the book because I'm not in the habit of reading devotionals and I tried to read it all the way through in one go. But that was like eating an overly-rich meal in one sitting. This book is not meant for that. It's meant to be savoured a little bit every day. So that's what I did. Usually it was over breakfast, alongside my usual Bible reading. Sometimes it was waiting for the doctor (blinking back tears over the renewal of wedding vows) or on the exercise bike at the gym (blinking back tears at God showing love to the author through lattes hand-delivered). Oh goodness, I'd better just read this book at home if I don't want to embarrass myself.
Even if your life's circumstances differ, what the author shares is something that can be universally applied. I found myself praying blessings over my children as she did, and deciding I would respond to someone who was not very gracious with more grace. At the end of the book there are appendixes, which inspire you how to point people to God. (You point them to HIM, and not straight away to the church). And there is a part that addresses those who are seeking. So many takeaways. This book brings heart-change and blessings.
Easy to read, one will feel as if they are sitting having coffee with their best girlfriend. The author thoughtfully captures many life lessons learned through her journeys with God, giving hope to readers for a bright future and inspiring a closer relationship with God. Thoughtful and sometimes humorous, filled with delightful tales of life, the author speaks on a variety of subjects to include family, parenting issues, relational issues, offering God’s wisdom for life, helping the reader to understand that God’s Word is filled with direction for our daily living.
Discussion questions at the end facilitate small groups as well that offers an outlet for readers to become actively engaged. Intertwining pertinent scriptures, the author gives many insights into teachings from God's Word that will enhance and enrich your life. This book is highly recommended for those that desire a closer walk with God on a daily basis. Readers will learn that the Bible is filled with wisdom for daily living and is very relevant to daily life, ushering in a lifetime adventure of getting to know their Lord and Savior as the lover of their soul.
The author uses numerous scriptures and heartfelt examples from her own life to teach us the lessons listed above. She guides us discreetly through situations of trauma as well as victory.
I, especially, admire Bonnie’s courage in tackling the subjects of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and other awkward social situations.
Two quotes stood out to me: “The fiercest of warriors come from the unlikeliest of places” and “I screw it up when I think I’m in control of everything.”
This is a well written book that I would recommend to absolutely anyone. I have rarely seen such wisdom imparted in such a clear, succinct manner. The short chapters are neatly centered on applicable scriptures and stories. I will consider it my go-to main reference when I need to research the all-important topics that are covered in it.
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