Guys, can I just say…
I AM SO, SO, SOOOOOO thankful that there are people…huddled behind their computers, holed away at their coffee shops, and hidden away in their small, creative cottages where the leaves are always orange and the skies are ever blue… writing GOOD BOOKS for you and me to devour?!?!
Seriously?!? SO grateful.
And just when I finish one good book, turning the last page and shelving it among the other lovely reads that have challenged my mind and reoriented my heart, I have this moment of panic and fear where my mind thinks, “Oh crap! What happens if I never read another good book?!?!? What happens if I’ve exhausted the good-book list?!?!?! What happens if that was the end of good literature and I’m stuck for the rest of forever reading Christian Amish fiction?!?!?!”
Okay…so slight exaggeration, but guys…how bad would that be?!?!?
I cannot DO bonnet reading. I just can’t.
So today, when I sat down to write this blog post, I took a moment and thanked God for all the REALLY good writers who keep spending their brief moments on earth, patiently laboring to write those pages of GOOD literature for all of us!
So what book am I giving away this month?
I am giving away three copies of Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Edward T. Welch.
And why am I giving away this book?
Four Simple reasons:
- Everyone of us lives among people.
- Everyone of us lives among people who struggle.
- Everyone of us lives among people who struggle and need compassionate care.
- Everyone of us can be that person who provides the compassionate care for those who struggle among us.
So what are a few of my favorite line(s) from this book?
“We were meant to walk side by side, an interdependent body of weak people. God is pleased to grow and change us through the help of people who have been re-created in Christ and empowered by the Spirit…and yet fear enters in…
We are afraid to jump into the complexities of someone’s life. Who are we to help someone else? We feel broken ourselves and fear we will only make things worse for others. We feel unqualified…
If you feel like a mess but have the Spirit–you have the right credentials. You are one of the ordinary people God uses to help others.”
So how can you win this book?
In the comment section below, share an extraordinary way an ordinary person has recently loved you, walking SIDE BY SIDE with you, and on Sunday at 9PM (EST), I will randomly select THREE winners to enjoy this book!
Oh, and to those of you who enjoy a good, Amish read…know that I LOVE YOU…and RESPECT YOU…just not your reading selections. 🙂