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God's Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives - eBook
Howard Books / 2010 / ePub
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Who is on Gods "guest list" for your life . . . and why? The answers may surprise you.
Through touching true stories and inspiring insight Debbie Macomber takes readers on a journey to discover the shaping influence others have on us and the power we have to shape and influence those whose paths cross ours.
Each of us have "influencers" that have affected our lives—some from a distance, some through word or deed, some through example, be it good or bad. Often we dont even recognize the deep impact others have had and how God has used them to shape us into who we are. By pausing to recognize these influences we begin to grasp how Gods guest list had a purpose far beyond what we imagined. We begin to see the seeds of influence that grew into our personal values and character.
In some people God invites into our lives, we see only what appears to be painful or negative influence. We bear the scars of disappointment, hurt, betrayal, and pain. Here Macomber redirects our attention, opening our eyes to how those experiences prompted strength, resilience, resolve, decisions, and choices about how we would change and who we would become. In other instances, God has surprised us with just the people at just the right time to support, teach, lead, or love us, but perhaps we haven't quite recognized God's timing and work through these "guests."
But perhaps the greatest treasure this book holds is the power to grasp our own power to influence others, and even to anticipate what lives we have yet to touch. In the tradition of How to Win Friends and Influence People, Macomber casts a vision to seize every opportunity to be a positive and faithful influence on others. With this realization comes the willingness and anticipation to live with the door of our lives wide open to greet each new life God brings across the threshold.
God's Guest List is filled with true stories and rich insight that will forever change how you see the people in your life.
Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at www.DebbieMacomber.com.
New York Times bestselling author Macomberwith more than 100 million books in printstarted out with a list of 30 people she wanted to meet. Yet she was often disappointed when she met them. I had misplaced my admiration, she writes. Thats when God prompted her to make a blank list of people hed send into her life. From that point on Ive looked deeply into each face I meet, she writes. She records her encounters, along with stories of others encounters, tales of historical figures, and more. Macomber uses her considerable storytelling ability to encourage and inspire, sharing anecdotes of meeting folks from New Orleans chef Tory McPhail to a childhood friend she reconnects with. Stories are divided into themed parts such as prickly people, children, family, colleagues, and business associates; each part includes Take Note and RSVP sections offering to-do advice and spiritual application. Macomber offers readers her signature charm and sincerity (she shares her struggles with weight and also her childrens struggles), always urging readers to look for His fingerprints on your own life. (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"This is a useful, inspiring study of an underpracticed art, written by one who has received, given, and witnessed generosity."
"Debbie Macomber's gift for understanding the souls of women—their relationships, their values, their lives—is at its peak here."
"Macomber is known for her honest portrayals of ordinary women in small-town America, and this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre."
"As always, Macomber draws rich, engaging characters."
"Macomber is an adept storyteller . . . many will be entertained by this well-paced story about four women finding happiness and fulfillment through their growing friendship."
"Macomber offers a very human look at three women who uproot their lives to follow their true destiny."
". . . an insightful look at relationships through the interaction of four women."
"Macomber's storytelling sometimes yields a tear, at other times a smile."
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