The Edge of the Divine: Where Possibility Meets Gods Faithfulness is a new book authored by Christian vocalist Sandi Patty.I picked it up not knowing what it was about, but intrigued by the title.The theme throughout The Edge of the Divine: Where Possibility Meets Gods Faithfulness is about breaking free of regret and finding a life of freedom and joy.Sandi Patty experienced this journey through losing 80 pounds by making the choice to have bariatric surgery (lap band) and leaving her old lifestyle habits behind.The parts of the book centered around her choice to have bariatric surgery were not extremely interesting to me, but I do identify with the message that it takes courage to make a big change of any kind in your life.She also touches on other journeys in her life, including her divorce and remarriage that made her fall from grace in the Christian scene several years ago. I never really knew the details because I was just a child when it happened, and not necessarily a hard core Sandi Patty fan at any point in my life. But I appreciate her honesty in addressing the elephant in the room and sharing the ways that it grew her in her walk with God.The Edge of the Divine: Where Possibility Meets Gods Faithfulness also has others stories of stepping out in faith and reaping the rewards of Gods blessing.The pages at the back of the book contain questions for discussion and individual reflection to massage your mind.
I just received The Edge of The Divine by Sandi Patty. I have not read any books by Sandi Patty but I will definitely be reading some now. The book began by talking about Sandi's struggle through her weight loss and her struggle with her weight. At first I was a little nervous that the entire book was going to be about her weight loss but my first thoughts were definitely wrong.While the book did discuss her struggles with weight loss it was much more than that. This book is perfect for this point in my life. One of my favorite quotes in the book was by her friend Gene Anderson and he said "If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space." There are healthy risks we should take in this life and if we don't take them we are just wasting the space. We should live life at the edge and God provides for us to be able to do that! Not only does she talk about edges but also briar patches where we can end up after we want God to send us somewhere else. I love how she uses the terms of "edges" and "briar patches" to get us to see things in new ways. Her book told me what I already know, how God puts us in the right places and His plan is different than ours but it is a reminder I constantly need and she put it in new and interesting terms.I love books that I feel like getting my pen out and underlining and writing my own notes in and this book allowed me to do that. I loved the Bible verses at the beginning of the chapters and throughout, the notes for discussion at the end allow the book to be used for a small group study and my mom is going to bring it up to her small group as something to read next time.
I'm really sorry, but I found this book very difficult to get in to. I wasn't sure what this book was about until I received it from Booksneeze, and I hadn't heard of Sandi Patty before either.If you are contemplating gastric surgery for weight loss, this book will be of interest to you. Sandis' journey through surgery and recovery is the main theme of the book, along with a sprinkling of stories and quotes from her friends. Sandi refers back to her past experiences, and shares how the Lord has helped her to move forward. There is a section in the back of the book for discussion and individual reflection.I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
An edge symbolizes the end or beginning of something. The time and space between two edges could have been cruel, traumatic, betraying and filled with the urgent need to reach the end. When we think it's all over, God meets us with His faithfulness & possibilities. Sandi Patti, in her book, " The Edge of the Divine" discovers how God can meet us right on the edge and transform it into something new, just because He is faithful.She shares about her struggle with her uncontrolled fondness for food which led her to being overweight and complicated the way she thought about herself. She also reveals a dark secret that traumatized her and led her to look for comfort in food. A humbling experience with John 8 leads her to discover that God gives us a second chance and Sandi crosses over the edge to experience life abundantly in God.A walk from the edge onto a never-ending pasture of possibilities was a challenge . But she doesn't fail to mention about her family and friends who inspired her to be all that God wanted her to be.Sandi wore different hats - Award winning vocalist and speaker, wife, mom to 7 children, friend, daughter-in-law and it is deeply encouraging to know how she strove and sought God's help to fulfill each of these roles in the best way.Being a woman, i could relate to every page of her book. It was interesting to note that success did not come easily to Sandi's singing career.All her dreams amounted to nothing when she faced a rejection. But she goes on to tell the readers the soulful message of how God can turn something that Sandi thought was "pretty boring" into who she is today! The journey from being a little girl with a record player to a Grammy award winning vocalist, in Sandi's words is " Hard choices, Soft Landings".Simple, practical yet direct...every woman can find some encouragement from Sandi's personal experiences.I received a free copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers, as part of their book review bloggers program.
I have to be honest and say I was slightly disappointed with this book. It was a quick read and moderately inspirational but not all I thought it was going to be. Sandi shares her struggles with weight loss and how she finally has come to the edge and realizes that the edge isnt always the end, but rather can be the beginning. I felt I was reading through her personal journal of her journey and learned more about her as a person and her family. There were parts that were encouraging and she gave examples of Gods faithfulness through her various struggles. Would I recommend this book? If you were going through the same personal struggles, yes I believe you would find this book an encouragement. Otherwise, may not.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.