I truly did enjoy the book. The author Lisa Harper really shared a great deal of her thoughts, feelings and her testimony. I found myself at ease as she shared with the reader that she was over 40 and was not married. I was beginning to think that something was wrong with me. As I read this book God opened my eyes to being single and serving God the way Lisa Harper does. I was relief that the author was not perfect. That she had trouble with weight, she had some slips and falls, but God always stood by her. She recovered by hanging on to the Word of God. She was a human being and told the reader it is ok to be human. Times do get lonely for the single woman, but do not fear because God's love is sufficient.
I enjoyed her modern day twist on the Prodigal Son, The Lepers, and the Adulteress. It just assured the reader that God's Word is for all time, and does not go out of style, because it is the living Word. Lisa did share some times of sorrow she experienced and it made you want to wrap your arms around her and just bring her comfort. Lisa Harper shared her life with you, and as she did she introduced the reader to her reason for being and that is to do the Will of God. I was truly inspired. I know you would be inspired to. God Bless
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Lisa Harper is a Women of Faith speaker who has written a likeable, friendly book that shares her personal experiences along with stories from the life of Jesus. The book is divided into three parts: Real Life, Real Gifts, and Real Growth. Real Life discusses scary things, binding things, dangerous things, and sweet things. Real Gifts includes the gifts of forgiveness, touch, humor, community, and rest. Real Growth shows how Jesus helps us become less critical, more honest, more content, more dependent, and more grateful. In each chapter, Lisa gives a story from her personal life, a scripture passage from the life of Jesus, and a short discussion of the passage. At the end of each chapter are questions for personal reflection or group discussion, as well as a journal prompt, so this book can be used in a group setting or on an individual basis.
All of the big names from the Women of Faith conference- Anita Renfroe, Sheila Walsh, Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, Sandi Patty, Lisa Whelchel give great praises to Lisa Harper's book in the opening pages of the book, so I was expecting a can't-put-it-down read. This was an okay book, but I didn't get what I expected. It would be a good book for a group Bible study to help generate discussion.
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Stumbling into Grace by Lisa Harper is a fun book that is part diary, part devotional and a small part Bible study. I was looking for an easy read but hesitant about reading this book; I thought it may be more fluff than substance. But what I got was an east read plus more! It was surprisingly refreshing and challenging. I walked away from this book encouraged about my own "spiritual clumsiness" and a desire to start up journaling again. Harper does such a wonderful job of writing so it seems like she is just sitting with you sharing a part of her story. Her humor and encouraging words inspired me to develop a deeper walk with the Lord. Each chapter I walked away with a new perspective of the events in my life and a deeper understanding of God's love for me. I recommend this book especially for the busy woman who could use a little inspiration. I was given this book by being a part of the Booksneeze program. I was not required to give a positive review. These are my own thoughts on this book.
In "Stumbling Into Grace," Lisa Harper graciously shares lessons she's learned about Real Life, Real Gifts, and Real Growth (five lessons of each in that order). She begins each chapter with a statement to tell us just what she's been thinking about. Then she tells a personal storyâ€”sometimes humorous, sometimes serious or sad, and often thought-provoking. From there she moves to a passage from Scripture (usually, but not always, from the NIV) that helps us understand what Jesus had to say about the subject on Lisa's mind. Next she fleshes it out for us in a section called, "The Heart of His Story." She wraps things up with a prayer, questions for personal reflection or group discussion, and a journal entry prompt.
I loved reading this book! (And not just because the cover is adorable!) Lisa's insights are profoundâ€”and they are backed first by Scripture, then by authors and scholars such as Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis. Anita Renfroe's in there, too! In fact, because I kept flipping to the back of the book to see where Harper found all this amazing information, my must-read list grew quite a bit.
I recommend this book as an immediate read to any woman who is looking to be convinced that God loves her absolutely and is waiting eagerly for her to fall right into His arms. I also recommend it for women who are seeking ways to grow in that love. I was most comfortable with it as a personal study book, but it could work for a small group of women who know each other well. Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I'm putting it on one of my keeper shelves!
So, today I've been thinking about the gift of opportunity. I have had so many opportunity lately - blessings, actually - and to have been given an opportunity to read Lisa Harper's book "Stumbling Into Grace" was definitely an enjoyable blessing! She is a witty author who doesn't mind sharing her ups and downs, proving that we are all pretty much alike - rich or poor, fat or thin - and that God loves us just the way we are. He has loved us since before we were born. He loves us through our foibles and our stumbling through our life on earth. He loves us when we love and praise Him and He loves us when we're mad at him or when we've walked away, thinking we can handle things on our own without His love and guidance in our lives. God loves us_unconditionally! And for always! And He is always there for us!! And sometimes we all just need a reminder that we can lean on Him and lean into His comforting arms always, because He never leaves us!
Ms. Harper writes candidly about her thoughts and insights as she covers numerous topics about real life, real gifts, and real growth. I could see myself in many similar situations, especially in chapter 10 when she talks about Jesus and the gift of rest. I too often run on empty batteries to the point of not being able to think and even to the point of making myself ill. I often fail to slow down and get the proper rest. But Ms. Harper reminds us that Jesus advocated rest for His followers. In the Message Bible, in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says: "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with meâ€”watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Each chapter in "Stumbling Into Grace" has a life lesson, Ms. Harper's interpretation of what the disciples might have experienced in modern times under similar circumstances, and a devotional/study section where one or group can work through some reflections and questions to better understand the concept of grace - God's unmerited favor! It is a book about love and hope and stumbling into grace! And I thoroughly recommend this book! And while I'm thinking about the gift of opportunity, I have to say that I am looking forward to seeing Ms. Harper in October at the Women of Faith weekend in St. Paul, MN_another gift of opportunity that was as unexpected as it is welcome. I can't wait to attend the event and have the opportunity to praise God in an auditorium filled with thousands of like-minded women and hear, in person, stories like the ones in Lisa Harper's book "Stumbling Into Grace." God is soooo good!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own but I appreciate the opportunity to review "Stumbling Into Grace."