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One Perfect Word: One Word Can Make All the Difference Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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Sensucht is a word C. S. Lewis used to describe inconsolable longing, a feeling of deep connection that can’t really be explained by any word in the English language. As an example of the word’s meaning, Macomber, a New York Times best-selling author, recalls bursting into tears after declaring for the first time that she wanted to become a writer. The meanings of numerous more familiar English words are explored in One Perfect Word, but most impressive is the case Macomber makes for the power of words, those held in thought over long periods of time, directing intentions; words said at just the right moment; words offered in prayer; words written in journals; and words ingested in daily readings. Words are tools that can basically shape or destroy our very souls. In addition to using words to live a happier, more fulfilling life, the author advocates formulating goals and organizing one’s life. This book contains many heartwarming stories, both personal and passed on, that reveal what a difference words and faith can make. --Susan DeGrane
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Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today’s most popular authors. Visit her at DebbieMacomber.com.
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The book is really eye opening in that Debbie is very honest and forth coming on her journey to becoming a writer. Prior to having her books published, she wrote in journals a lot about her struggles and thoughts. Looking back at her own writing, she can see where God has taken her through each year and thus the reason why the personal focus on the "one word" has come into play.
She shares some of those word years with the reader in the book and encourages us to do the same. Along the way she shares with you how to go about picking your word of the year. Maybe it's something that keeps coming across your prayers, conversations and Bible study. Perhaps you should talk to friends and see what they believe it should be. She offers some interesting ways to go about seeing how that word will play out during the year as well from having it engraved in stone, carrying a reminder with you to pray about it during your days or having it written on a card or plaque.
I think the idea is beautiful and can help us to focus on smaller things, not bigger ones like committing a chapter or verse to memory each week but rather learn to see how God is working on your life through one simple word. Along with the fourteen words that Debbie shares with you in this book along with personal stories, are also scriptures, her written prayers from her journals, and even some practical tips on how to make the word come alive in a different mediums. This book is going to be an exciting journey for me this year and one I am so happy to be able to share with my readers.
I received this book compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster for my honest review and think it's a must read for anyone looking to enhance their Bible Studies! I rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and have started my own personal journey this year with the word TRUST!
One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber introduces the idea of a "word diet" where you spend the year focused on less words rather than more. In a world cluttered with social networks, text messaging and an abundance of bloggers...the thought of a word diet ... One Perfect Word ...is appealing to many people. During the years Debbie has journaled about her one word. In each chapter she shares her own word choices, such as: desire, believe, hunger, trust, brokenness, prayer, obedience, seek, balance, wisdom, surrender, hope, passion and purpose. Each chapter concludes with a suggestion on how to identify One Perfect Word for your year and also ideas for using your word in a creative and tangible manner.
This is an inspiring book and enjoyable to read. Debbie Macomber shares bits of her personal life and weaves one word into her experience. She also quotes numerous authors and articles, making the book interesting to read. She says her two purposes in writing the book are" first, to encourage you to begin the practice of focusing on one perfect word each year." After reading her book I was inspired to choose one perfect word for 2012. Second, to share her own 14 words and show what she's learned through the experience. This book meets both of her objectives. Debbie brings the One Word experience to life and "to see God's fingerprints all over the exercise." She encourages her readers to select one perfect word each year, in addition to reading and regular bible study. "If one word is the micro-study, reading the bible is the macro-study," writes Debbie. To see her suggestions for this micro-study, grab a copy of the book One Perfect Word.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received One Perfect Word free from Howard Books as part of their blogger review program.