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There's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee to start your day. And what better way to spend those first few morning moments than in quiet reflection with God? In a warm, casual, conversational style, Sarah Arthur takes you on a transformational journey as she explores both the subtle and the startling ways God transforms us through daily spiritual routines such as prayer and living simply. Part personal story and part spiritual search, The One Year Coffee with God will fill your cup with plenty of brew for thought. Softcover from Tyndale House Publisher's Inc. Copyright 2011.
Your Life Is a Book
Whether we like it or not, our lives are stories that other people are reading. Each of us is a book, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. When people read that book, what do they
learn? What would they say is the purpose of that book? What is the defining theme?
Well, if the title of my life is Christian—if that's the identity I've chosen as a fo11ower of Jesus—then the purpose or theme of my story is the same as John's in his Gospel (see April 21). Its to show people who Jesus is. Its to point others to God. This goes for my words, actions, goals. obligations, spending habits, relationships, and everything in between. If none of those things match my title, the people reading the book of my life will complain that my inner chapters don't live up to the promise of Christian. Instead, they'll say I should be titled Bookworm or Shopaholic or Whiner. Catch those readers in a bad mood and they'll simply settle for Hypocrite and call it a day.
When other people read the story of your life—when they observe you going about your day, a living and breathing book—what are they learning? How can you craft and shape the manuscript of who you are so that it accomplishes the purpose you've stated in the title, in the opening sentence? Because your title is a promise: it means your inner material matches what you say up front about yourself. And if it doesn't, take it from a writer: Your readers have every reason to blow you off.