October 19, 2011

Why God Matters: A Book Review

1 Corinthians 10:31 as words to live by: "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." 

 "By seeing the ongoing process of becoming holy in ordinary circumstances touched by God, readers are encouraged to be more aware of their faith journey and the ways God speaks to them. The best way to use this book would be on a retreat, coupled with journaling and prayer, taking one chapter a day."
--Mary Lynne Rapien, St. Anthony Messenger (AmericanCatholic.org)
taken from amazon.com

Excerpt from Why God Matters: 

God will wait for us
to find our way to him
OUR JOURNEY in faith can sometimes
be like a really bad plane trip: full of
delays and problems, expenses and
suffering. Like a good friend, God waits
patiently for us at journey’s end.
What do you do when your faith
journey hits a snag? Do you grumble and
bemoan, lose patience, or do you call on
God and beg his patience?
Take some time today to contemplate
how far you’ve come in your own
journey and how far you have to go.
And should a friend ask for a ride
home–then get delayed—be patient and
pray for them. They will appreciate it!
 (pg. 95)
Doesn't that just make you take a step back and think about how much God really does love us? I mean, no matter what we have done or what we are doing He is there waiting for us at the pearly gates!!

When I was offered the chance to review the book: Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life (ISBN: 0982256531) by: Karina Lumbert Fabian & Deacon Steven Lumbert and published by Tribute Books,  I was a little taken back and cautious about the amount of Catholicism within the book-it even has a crucifix on the cover. But I was ever so pleasantly surprised that this book was not just about the catholic authors background or experiences. It was truly about getting closer to God and understanding how to form a closer relationship with him.

As you may know, Clint and I have grown closer in our faith and we have been like sponges with everything and anything that can help us understand and 

Each chapter has an excerpt or inspirational quote. It then goes into a real life experience from either Karina or Deacon Steven, usually a heart-felt deep experience that has changed their life and one that the reader can relate to. At the end of each chapter, there is a life application that challenges the reader. Some ask certain questions for you to answer about yourself. These are questions that open your heart into a deeper understanding of how your experiences or how relate to the chapter. Others are brief reminders of the love, commitment, and hope that God has for us.

Overall it's an inspirational book and one that will be kept on my bookshelf to let others read, or for me to read it again and again.

You can buy the book here or here

Do you want to learn more about the authors? What persuaded them to write this book? You can find information on Karina on her blog or her facebook page ... Here is a little Biography on Deacon Steven Lumbert :
Deacon Steven Lumbert officially converted to Catholicism in 1988, but had been a "practicing" Catholic long before that. He met his lovely and loving wife, Socorro, while serving in Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico, in 1966. They raised their daughters, Karina and Regina, in the faith. Steve spent 30 years as a Colorado State Trooper, but retired when God called him to the diaconate. Currently, he serves the Diocese of Pueblo as the Associate Director of Deacon Formation.

I hope you do get the chance to read this book. It may not change your life but I assure you, it will allow you to step back and really understand the relationship you have with God and the relationship that you desire.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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