Let me tell you about how God opened my eyes and my heart today…
Yesterday I prepared to write a book review for Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst (president of Proverbs 31 Woman Ministries). Whenever I get ready to write a book review, I like to do a little digging around the internet to see what I can find about the author. After reading just the first chapter I became a blog follower of Lysa’s. Her relational writing style, coupled with her genuine, wisdom-filled encouragement made me excited to read the rest of the book. I love the way she transparently reveals her own life story in the pages, while sharing lessons she’s learned along the way. It was one of those books, where as I read it, I found myself nodding, exclaiming the words, “Yes” and “Amen” out loud and pictured sitting next to this woman at a coffee shop laughing my head off. As far as spiritual direction and vision is concerned, Lysa Terkeurst has got it going on.
Her stories are saturated with wit and applicable godly counsel of how to live a most fulfilling life in Christ. One example: Lysa challenges when you find yourself asking the why questions about the hardship you’re enduring, try to rework the question into a more useful, “What am I supposed to do with it?” Another memorable analogy, related to this blog in fact, is when Lysa compares our brain (thought life) to a dryer lint filter. She suggests that we are wise to gauge whether or not we allow our minds to be cluttered with dangerous thoughts, making the connection to a full lint filter causing a potential fire in the home.
***The book is a must buy!
But I haven’t even shared the coolest part with you yet…
Back to my digging around about the author…I already follow Lysa’s blog, but I decided to watch a little TV on the computer because I’ve altogether stopped watching it during the day anymore. I happened upon the recent clip Oprah showed recapping some of her favorite families from past shows; Lysa’s family being one, due to the way they obeyed God by adopting Liberian orphans. A chill rushed through me. You see, two years ago I was nursing my infant and me and TV got along really well then. I’d seen the Oprah about Lysa and dozens of her friends adopting Liberian orphans. I remember being moved to tears, thinking to myself, Now that is what living out your faith looks like.
Fast forward two years. I write. I write a lot. I write novels, devotionals, how to articles, short stories, essays, and I blog a ton (as you well know). I also write book reviews. I never made the connection, as I read Lysa’s book that I was reading about the same woman who made me cry tears of joy after seeing her on Oprah. There is one section of Becoming More where Lysa indicates that God speaks to us when we open ourselves up to paying attention. I’m willing to claim without a shadow of doubt, I was meant to read this book. It was not a coincidence I cried when I saw Lysa on TV two years ago and not a coincidence I cried after reading just the first few pages of her book. God has used her to inspire me and I hope so much that you will also be blessed and inspired by her story. God has great things He wants to do in your life...in my life. Hold on. This is one ride you’ll never forget!
***It was an honor to review this book for Zondervan.