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Life is chaotic. Schedules, stress, and strife can quickly spiral out of control leaving us frustrated, exhausted, and angry. But God wants more for us. He wants us to be content.
frustrated, exhausted, and angry. But God wants more for us. He wants us to be content.In A STILL AND QUIET SOUL, Cathy Messecar encourages the pursuit of God and one ofhis promises-contentment. She shows how to adorn one's life with contentment andanchor one's days with joy. Each chapter ends with a personal story of how God brought contentment to people likea next door neighbor, coworker, grandfather, aunt, or sister.
Designed as a study book for individuals and small groups, especially women's Bible study groups, A STILL AND QUIET SOUL uses Bible stories, personal anecdotes from the author, and testimonies from ordinary Christians to help the reader identify with the challenge of being content in feast or famine.
Publication Date: 2011
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Leslie WilsonRockwall, TXAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect for a frazzled wife, mom, etc., etc., etc.June 19, 2012Leslie WilsonRockwall, TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Need some peace in your life? Author Cathy Messecar has done it again--penned a powerful work that alternatingly challenges and inspires. If you find yourself running into the headwinds of life--frazzled and in need of nurturing and refreshment--sit down and let Cathy's words wash over you like a soothing balm. Her gentle spirit encourages readers like conversation over coffee with a friend. I'm amazed by her insights and wisdom. After you read A Still & Quiet Soul, you'll want to keep it by your bedside to refer to again and again.
I felt truly humbled when she asked me to contribute a story on the power of God's timing in answering prayer. But her selections of supporting narrative accompany her rich teaching perfectly.
Cathy has the rare gift of being able to put into words what our hearts ache to communicate. Her wisdom reaches into our very depths, calming us in the storms of life. I felt particularly challenged by her insights on Worrisome Ways in Chapter 4. Honestly, I should re-read it daily as a reminder to practice my faith, put my trust in God and banish worry!
BrendaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Meangingful and worth your timeApril 29, 2011BrendaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Take a moment from the noise of life and relax with the brief entries of Cathy Messecar in A Still & Quiet Soul. Her calm, candid style teaches readers that praise undergirds contentment and cliff dwelling with God can draw us near to him.
Each wisdom-filled, challenging chapter opens with a Bible verse and closes with reflective questions making it an excellent small group study book.
~Brenda Nixon, host of The Parent's Plate internet radio show and author A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holidays and The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start
HaelieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A much-needed journey toward letting goApril 17, 2011HaelieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Don't you just feel still and quiet when you look at this book?
Seriously. When I got this in the mail, some kind of peace came over me just holding it and looking at it.
If you have read my reviews and posts for very long, you know I am nowhere near as surface and shallow as a statement like that may sound. I don't say something like that flippantly. I know true peace and contentment goes much deeper than outward appearances.
And so does this book.
A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment by Cathy Messecar is a joyous and at times challenging journey down a path of letting go of worries and the things that cause them. As Cathy walks us through letting go, she strategically guides us in how and what to replace those worrisome things with---specifically with the Word of God and the peace of God which goes beyond anything we can understand or explain.
In each chapter Cathy guides us through a specific lesson along the journey of embracing contentment. She uses life stories from hers and others' lives as well as real-life examples straight out of the Bible clearly and relevantly applied to our current daily struggles. Near the end of each chapter, she shares a story from someone else's life featuring how they have learned to embrace contentment written in their own words. Then, she wraps up each chapter by giving us two scriptures to memorize and pray (one as a Praise and one as a Petition) followed by a few questions to consider and even act upon on our journey toward contentment.
I so needed this book at just the time I was blessed to be able to be reading it. So many of the statements Cathy makes in it stood out to me and touched me. I have numerous pages "dog-eared" in it! God knew what He was doing when He had Cathy send this gem of a book my way.
Just for you---a couple of nuggets of truth in Cathy's words:
Jesus said to live in the here and now, the moment you are breathing in. Don't worry about tomorrow-fragments.
Recognizing and living out the seasons of life to their fullness will help us maintain a balance that supplements contentment.
Early on, some families train their children to go, go, go. But, in that situation, when do children get opportunities to develop Christ-like disciplines of solitude and silence? Do we set a pace for peace? How do we encourage them to be happy travelers when their loads are too heavy?
True treasures---our God, our Savior, our blessed Holy Spirit, our salvation---outlive our mortality. Those valuables bring lasting contentment. Nothing, absolutely nothing of this earth compares to those.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
Wonderful, practical book.
What about you?
Are you at peace?
If not, what is at the root of your worry?
Get a copy of this book and begin your journey toward true peace and contentment.
Karen RobbinsOhioAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Great StudyMarch 28, 2011Karen RobbinsOhioAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Still And Quiet Soul is written as a study bookâ€”a book to help you contemplate life. It's purpose is as a guide in the search for contentment in our spiritual lives. Messecar defines inward peace this way: "Contentment learned from our trustworthy God brings satisfaction of mind and heart in feast or famine." Unfortunately as the author points out, so many things of life can interfere with that contentment: worry, whining, busyness, possessions, suffering, impatience. Messecar takes us through those areas of our lives and leads us to discover what may be keeping us from the contentment God promises. Then we are led to seek and discover what God wants in our lives to make us content: prayer, obedience, answering Jesus' call in our lives. In all of this, Messecar shares her story and the stories of others, both Biblical and today's ordinary Christians who have sought and found contentment in their lives. Good for individual or group study.
TrishOhioAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Find Peace in the Chaos of Everyday LifeMarch 27, 2011TrishOhioAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In A Still and Quiet Soul, Cathy Messecar takes the reader on a journey to calm and serene waters. As a mom of four kiddos ages 15 to 8, my life is so full of chaotic moments like driving to and from practices, figuring out what's for supper, paying the bills, cleaning the house, and keeping up with the laundry. I let life's stress get me down sometimes and I can feel the grumpies making me growl. I don't like feeling like that, and it is certainly not what I want my children to see in me. Messecar's book, A Still and Quiet Soul, transformed my chaotic moments into serene simplicity by re-focusing me on my faith and the big picture of my journey this side of Heaven. It is a simple read, and can be digested in those brief mom-moments like when I am waiting in the car for my daughter's basketball practice to end. It is practical and yet spiritual, and will touch your heart in places you may not recognize. It has transformed my chaos into quiet places, and I return there as much as possible.