Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Loved: Stories of Forgiveness Review & Giveaway
I have been reading for a very long time. One of the genres of books that I love the best are true life stories. I love reading the life stories of people, and how they rose from the lowest point they could have been at, to make a better life.
As a Christian,I know that the road we travel is not always easy, and I believe that the rough times come to make us stronger and better people. As well, these difficult times happen so we can lift our hands up and say "Lord, I surrender ALL to You! Help Me, I can't do it on my own". I know when we do this, our troubles will not just "magically" disappear. We need to make choices to work through whatever it is we are going through.
I would like to say thank you to FaithWords/Hachette Publishing Group for sending me a complimentary copy of Loved: Stories of Forgiveness to review and for allowing me to host a giveaway!
Loved: Stories of Forgiveness is a great example of troubled life's being changed. The book is divided into 6 parts, each with seven readings. It is designed so you can read one reading per day, however each reading is short enough that you can read through the whole book very quickly (as I did).
Each section starts of with a short entry about a woman from the Bible, who walked away from the Lord and then, through providence, came back to Him and received the wonderful gift of His love and forgiveness. The Biblical woman discussed in this book include Rahab, Gomer, Leah, Hagar, The Sinful Woman and Eve.
Also, the stories in each section are tied together with a common theme. These themes include addiction, family problems, identity crises, man trouble, faith crises and friends.
This book is a great reminder that no matter the choices we make, God loves us and is waiting for us to come back to Him.
Christian Recording artist Rebecca St. James is the editor of this wonderful book, and the contributions come from Mary DeMuth, Elizabeth Jusino, Tracey Lawrence, Jennifer Schuchmann and Lori Smith.
Australian born Rebecca St. James is a Grammy Award winner and a multiple Dove Award recipient, with international success that has driven her record sales into the millions. In January 2008, she was named Favorite Female Artist in Contemporary Christian Music by readers of CCM Magazine for the seventh consecutive year. Rebecca also won Best Female Artist of 2007 from Christianitytoday.com--her fifth consecutive year to be given this honor. She's been involved in several film productions and voiced the character of Hope the Angel in VeggieTales' bestselling DVD production The Easter Carol.
The book description states this, "Young men and women who have fallen away and then rediscovered the love of Christ speak of God's forgiveness and healing abilities in these stories of modern-day prodigals. Some follow a path much like Jesus' parable, turning their backs on family and faith in exchange for money and power. Some slip into a more subtle slide away from faith, allowing doubt or apathy to pull them away from who they are. Some make huge mistakes and are forced to pay painful penalties.
Yet each story has the positive ending of a life saved by Jesus Christ. Each story offers hope of renewal and restoration. Written for all those who fear that God can't or won't forgive them for what they did, LOVED is a book of hope"
You can read an excerpt here:
Buy It: Loved - Stories of Forgiveness by Rebecca St. James can be purchased at your local Christian book store, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and ChristianBook.com
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Giveaway Ends November 5, 2009