God Is in the Kitchen
God Is in the Kitchen  -     By: Ginger Estavillo Umali
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 378
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 1512711446
ISBN-13: 9781512711448

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Author: Ginger Estavillo Umali
Located in: Canada
Submitted: November 27, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ginger Umali is a mixed-media artist, math tutor, a cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and a homeschool mother of three chatty clowns. As down-to-earth as her writing, Ginger is a bucketful of quirks who cries at the sight of rainbows, paints passionately when troubled, considers math textbooks perfect coffee-table reading, and talks to plants in her British Columbia home. She writes from a heart that suffered a twenty-year odyssey through the wilderness where pain was soul-racking and God seemed more than an arm's length away.

Ginger is an active member of Vancouver-based Families for Christ Community, a lay Christian organization which is part of The Sword of the Spirit, an international network of more than 75 ecumenical communities. There, she serves the Lord through music.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  During one moment in prayer, the Lord spoke in my heart. "Write through your life, so that succeeding generations may know the glory of God." The book started as a journal which was intended to encourage my children to view each experience as a miracle—a God-ordained moment replete with grace. But in the course of twenty years, the Lord opened my myopic mind to His larger picture. He asked that I participate in His call to claim territories and be bearer of His light. This mission starts with helping people recognize His presence in the ordinary, through seemingly flavorless, "blah" days, and even during the thick of fierce suffering. Thus, God is in the Kitchen moves forward with this premise—that there is nothing irrelevant that happens in your life. There's a God-lesson to be learned, a discipline to endure, comfort to embrace, bumpy roads to traverse, and faith to build … every moment.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I love the wit and humour of Max Lucado, the wisdom and depth of Charles Swindoll, the homey warmth of Lysa TerKeurst, and the simplicity and humility of Ann Voskamp. I have gained so much as a person by reading their books.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (About the Book): God reaches out to where you are. He isn't cooped up in church, glued to the pews, detached from what matters most to you. He's bustling through your crowded schedule, flagging you down, waving until you take notice and give pause. He speaks … though your distractions smear His messages to a blur. He teaches … though the world's cacophony chokes His voice to an incoherent sigh. He leads … even while you're in the middle of a vegetable-slicing, dinner-prepping, multi-tasking moment. The God who is interested in your comings and goings, who weaves through your routines, signals to catch your attention. He has invaded your kitchen space and is cooking up a feast for you. What's on the menu? Generous helpings of love and mercy, seasoned to perfection with His grace. He is ready to serve you a platter of patience and integrity, but not until they're roasted through suffering. He has bowls of sweet comfort for the grief-stricken and stillness for the frazzled. God is in the Kitchen invites you to a serendipitous discovery that reinforces your awareness of God's presence in the ordinary. Through real-life stories, the wisdom of Scriptures takes tangible shape, encouraging the heart. Each of the 45 devotions takes you to a journey of hope and helps broaden your field of view so that you too may recognize God’s not-so-hidden intervention in your daily schedules. Don't watch out for big miracles alone. God peppers even the most drab, yawn-inducing day with little surprises. You only need eyes of faith to spot them. God is busy in the kitchen. Guess what He’s whipping up for you?

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