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Parables and Ponderings: when God speaks to us through everyday items and incidents Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : December 17, 2013
- File size : 1500 KB
- Print length : 76 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00BZM0T08
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,822 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If one really reads this book, I believe that the title I’ve given my review should become quite evident how truthful it is. This might sound like an extremely bold statement for any reviewer to make, but the proof of what I’m saying can be found in The Bible itself, especially if one recalls what’s stated in:
Mark 4:33 Contemporary English Version [best version I could find]
“Jesus used many other stories when he spoke to the people, and he taught them as much as they could understand.”
And isn’t this what the author, Lia London, has attempted to do here by sharing her own life’s experiences in this book? The life experiences of basically anyone who is reading this review is definitely not unique, for others have also been experienced similar ones as well.
Too often, as the author has stated, people feel they’ve been forgotten by the Lord in the many of the things they do each day or is happening to them, and they wind up beseeching for his guidance and help, without the realization of the promise he’s made:
King James Bible Isiah 41:13
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
What Ms. London has done in her book is to first offer a story about one of her life experiences, then relates it to our daily lives, culminating with an appropriate biblical verse. And isn’t this what Jesus had done with the parables he gave his believers, sans the biblical verse.
For wanting all of her readers to be motivated about the world around them by the devotionals she’s offered in this book, how can I not her the 5 STARS she so richly deserves.
This book reminds me of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who "pondered" on the meaning of revelations and events regarding her son. She "found favor" with God because of her humility and her "pondering" of the Scriptures.
One word that very much describes this book is HONESTY. The author does not fail to admit to her own faults and imperfections. It reminds me of the journal of St. Pope John XXIII, which is a very honest book of self-revelation and reflection. It shows "Good Pope John"'s quest to become a better person, including his many falls and his attempts to get back up. He claimed his besetting sin was his pride. His efforts apparently bore fruit, because pride is not a fault one normally associates with him. Humility was one of the great aspects of his personality and his soul. Pope John XXIII stated, regarding his journal, "My soul is within these pages." Likewise, Lia London's soul is within these pages. As she stated in a Clean Indie Reads post on Facebook, this book is a "glimpse of my mind/soul".
We should all do more "pondering" in our lives, and this book is a great model for that. I thoroughly enjoyed PARABLES & PONDERINGS and I highly recommend it!
After finishing the book, I took a sneak peak at a novel by Lia London [Almost all her books are on my Kindle For PC, and I intend to read them all!], GYPSY PEARL:CAREN. I think I am going to like that one, too! Don't miss this writer! I think that PARABLES & PONDERINGS, though much different from her works of fiction, is a good introduction to this writer. If you read this book, you will probably want to read more from this writer. I know I do!
There are a wide variety of topics covered by this book. There ae many parables about everyday occurrences. The tales are short and pithy for the most part. This is good. Not all of the topics are relatable for everyone. This is bad (but not real bad, because they are still understandable). Almost every single one is joined with a Bible verse. This is great. This last aspect makes these parables reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, where the moral is shouted out at the end, in case you failed to grasp the message otherwise conveyed. Generally speaking, I do prefer a slightly more nuanced approach, but easily recognize the value of putting a bright light on the lesson to be learned.
I am not happy giving this book only three stars, but could not quite bring myself to give it four, demonstrating the flaw in not having a larger grading scale. The drop from four stars to three, however, is more a reflection on my personal reading preferences than on the quality of the book.