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The Promise, or The Pros and Cons of Talking With God Paperback – July 5, 2014
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Sean Paul Murphy shares an interesting story of his life from hearing God s messages, apparent promises, and directions to facing his own human death. In his memoir, The Promise, or The Pros and Cons of Talking With God: A story of first faith and first love and how the two became almost fatally intertwined, Murphy explores his personal experiences. He writes of having a strong Christian faith and being a believer and a sinner, but he also shares that just because he can hear God s voice doesn t make him more religious or more highly valued by God. Murphy does share some strong opinions surrounding his religious beliefs however. Mind you, as he says himself about a third of the way through the book there is a gray area we create for ourselves between His sovereignty and our own free will. The Promise, or The Pros and Cons of Talking With God was penned because, according to Sean Paul Murphy, God told him to write about his personal experiences of living in that gray area. It is a well-written book that shares exactly that. You, the reader, are given the premise of this memoir from early on and are not likely to be disappointed as you page through Murphy s spiritual journey. At times you might think he is a little bit crazy or needs psychological help, but he is very clear that he is not concerned about that. Instead, his point was to be open and honest in his sharing. Within this memoir amongst Murphy s journey, amidst his struggles and realizations and conversations with his sovereign deity, you can discover powerful inspiration for your own life no matter your spiritual beliefs or lack there of. --Red City Review
About the Author
Sean Paul Murphy is an award-winning screenwriter with fourteen produced feature film credits including the faith-based favorites Hidden Secrets, Sarah's Choice, and The Encounter. Sean lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He is happily married with three step-daughters, and he can be found every Sunday morning playing guitar at his church.
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I have faith in God. I’m old enough to recognize His steady hand in my life and the lives of my children. I hear the voice of God in His two great commandments; Love your God and do unto others and I’ve grown so comfortable with those guiding principles that I don’t worry about the rest. I have faith. What I don’t have is trust.
“The Promise Or, the Pros and Cons of Talking to God” is an important book for me. It spoke to me about my lack of trust. I didn’t really trust God, I didn’t trust my kids, and I certainly didn’t trust myself. I’ve raised my kids with a solid foundation and they’re great examples of faith filled, hard working, fun loving kids. I am one lucky mom. But I was still afraid that something or someone would come along and cause them irreparable harm. And I was afraid that if I didn’t work, day in and day out, to move forward in my youth organization and my business, it would all fall apart and I’d be surrounded by a sea of people disappointed in me.
Sean Paul Murphy talks about the gray area between the sovereignty of God and our own free will. That’s where I’ve made my home. Yes, I believe and have faith in God but I thought He needed every moment of my time and all my energy to keep it on track and make good things happen or at least keep the bad things away.
Trusting God and trusting God’s will in my life and the life of my kids is the hardest work I’ve ever done. I find myself knee-deep in old habits and the tension mounts. I have to stop and think of the last chapter of “The Promise Or, the Pros and Cons of Talking to God” and follow Sean’s example.
Live your faith by trusting God, trust God by letting it go.
My days have peaceful moments and I’m growing toward peaceful days. The more room I have for peace, the more room I have for happiness. Not happiness based on how much I got done today. Happiness based on a sense of gratitude for three great kids, a wonderful organization and a growing business. It’s peace built on knowing I’m doing my best and with God’s help, its going to be enough
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