What do Maya Angelou, Edie Falco, Barbara Bush, and Nadia Comaneci have in common? They all offer up their petitions to God, trusting that he will lead them through difficult circumstances. Weaving vignettes from her own life with reflections from 28 Christian women, St. John helps you meet life's challenges with love and courage. 176 pages, hardcover from Faithwords.
As a longtime subscriber to Guideposts magazine myself, I can promise you this: If you're among the millions of Americans who enjoy the short, positive, inspirational stories in Guideposts -- then buy this book and you'll have a couple of weeks of terrific reading ahead of you.
Bonnie St. John is now a famous inspirational speaker and award-winning athlete. You may have seen her in appearances on national TV, but you may not recall how many obstacles she had to overcome. In childhood, she lost part of one leg, but managed to become a medal-winning skier in the international Paralympic Games. There's much more to her story.
In the book, Bonnie weaves short chapters about her own life between Guideposts-like reflections on personal prayer from Bonnie's interviews with 26 remarkable women.
And, this is NOT just a book for women. I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned new things about even the most famous women in her book -- and you will, too.
Part celebrity memoir, part how-to guide to prayer, this collection features the personal stories of many famous women who openly discuss their spiritual lives. There are some mature and wise words from singer Amy Grant, who confesses that prayer for her is often loose and unscheduled, and from actress/singer Della Reese, who has a regular morning devotional routine. Some of the stories are gripping: syndicated radio host Janet Parshall shares the story of her son's recovery from a gunshot wound to the head; Sopranos star Edie Falco reveals how prayer was the key to overcoming alcoholism; and gymnast Nadia Comaneci discusses how her family remained pious even when prayer and churchgoing were punishable offenses in Romania. The book is roughly organized into themes such as childhood, motherhood, career, marriage, dark times and maintaining a prayer life amid worldly success. Some of the most touching revelations in the book are St. John's own disclosures about fissures in her marriage, recovery from sexual abuse, and problems with perfectionism and self-esteem. At other times, though, St. John's chapters feel like excuses for name-dropping and establishing her career bona fides, which are certainly impressive (Harvard and Oxford degrees; Paralympics silver medal; working on Wall Street and in the White House), but not always obviously relevant. (Nov. 2) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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