Landmarks: Turning Points on Your Journey Toward GodBill DelvauxB&H Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback$0.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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April5 Stars Out Of 5landmarksAugust 1, 2018AprilQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5a great book that explains the different points that are seen on the journey of following Jesus! Loved it!
WoofiejoAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Story Of A Man's JourneyMarch 22, 2014WoofiejoAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3In this book, Bill Delvaux shares the story of his journey to come into a deeper relationship with Christ and some of the key landmarks along the way. Some of the key landmarks include idols, wounds, sex, identity, battle, etc. I love his description of his initial view of the Bible as a story where his life was disconnected from this story. A real shift took place when he saw that he was part of the same story. Instead of us being committed to being the author of our story, it is a much better story when we submit to being a part of God's story.
The rest of the book is really a character check about how we can become the best person that God has designed us to be. Delvaux walks through the danger of having idols that we expect to fill the place of the things that God should provide. There is a good chapter on making sure that our identity is built on the appropriate things_.not past hurtful events or harsh words that may have been spoken in our childhood.
Delvaux combines key landmarks on life's journey, his personal anecdotes of his key landmarks and many references to popular literature and movies to illustrate his points. Although this book has received many favorable reviews, I found it difficult to keep my attention engaged to the end of the book.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
SFaithAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Turning Points in LifeApril 26, 2013SFaithAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Landmarks: Turning Points on Your Journey Toward God by Bill Delvaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are certain "landmarks" in our lives, that are turning points....game changers that make an impact in our lives...and as I was reading, "Landmarks", it had me thinking of, really, the old cliche of driving.
Stop and think about it.
When we are driving, both familiar and unfamiliar roads, we usually depend on something familiar to help us get that sense of assurance, we are heading down the right way and if we don't, its hard not to get that inner sense of panic that we are lost, late and just really no clue of where we are going.
The topics that the author covers, are familiar terrains that we all deal with at some points of our lives and with them, we use to build the building blocks of our faith and understanding of the world around us and our relationship with God. It is along these same lines that the book, uses, to address topics such as idols that keep our focus away from God and His word, wounds that may have us not only hurting but often use as a way to try and run from God and in another chapter, "Bonds" and a focus on the connections that we make in our life.
The book is an easy read at 187 pages and the print is easy on the eyes.
Written with a mix of personal experiences, scripture and even cultural references that help bring "Landmarks" encouragement to finding points in our lives, that we can find redirection toward God, I appreciate with ease, how Bill shares topics that many will find topical and often more of pointing in the right direction of where to start, rather than more an in depth, lay it all out there guide.
I really felt like the book lived up to what it shared on the back of the book, "If you feel stuck out there on the highway of humanity and need tried and true spiritual direction, look for Landmarks".
This is something that I feel we all need in our lives at some point or another; Not a let's break it all down and go piece by piece of what we need to do, but in something like the book, "Landmark", that makes it an easy Saturday read, and sprinkled with a, let's take a look at this direction,Christian based encouragement that we all need at some point in our lives.
In one part of the book, Bill Delvaux wrote, "We try to circumvent the process, pasting the idea on top of our wounds as another avoidance mechanism. But it doesn't work."
Isn't that true in a lot of ways...maybe our faith feels a little flat....we have things weighing down on us or just trying to make it to the next day....As a reader, I really felt this book just worked out as a reminder, a consistant reminder, where to refocus and if we are needed a clue in our journey....here's a direction to take us where we need to go.
Life is complex.
Life can be confusing, but it really helps to have some familiar landmarks in our life to help us show the way and I really enjoy the easy read, that after finishing this book, felt like a much needed pep talk of looking at things from a different perspective.
There are many moments in the book that felt very raw, that the author, through simple, straight talk, shared parts of his own story, and really just reminded the reader of how human we can be and how God can show us the needed directions if we just trusted Him. In other areas, Bill is straight with the challenge of....there is more to life than we have give to it.
He doesn't write with a, he has all the answers, but rather...Bill Delvaux shows in his writing, these are the steps he took, with each landmark he encounter and like other travelers, share his travel weary experiences for the next traveler, to read, to contemplate and to build on, in their own journey, making this a book well worth reading.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5for men on their spiritual journeyMarch 16, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Life is a journey but where is the map? That's where Bill says landmarks are important. "Think of them as points that chart out a journey we all need to take if we want to live well." (4)
Bill has charted the journey with nine landmarks. The first four chart a downward decent to death. The fifth is a turning point and the final four landmarks describe the ascent to real life, the resurrection. He shares these landmarks as he experienced them on his own journey.
The first landmark on the decent to death is story. The story line of our life is disconnected from God's story. We want to be the author of our story, the director, the producer and the lead role.
Landmark two is idols - our life cluttered and choked with paraphernalia instead of the Creator of it all.
Wounds, the next landmark, have been inflicted on us and we try to hide them in the basement of our soul, even though they are meant to be owned, grieved, forgiven and healed. The landmark of sex reveals our brokenness.
Then we make the turn, searching for identity. We battle to find and live out our true identity.
We begin the ascent as we awake to the battle around us, the schemes of the devil. We may be called to a new level of discipline or self-sacrifice.
We find the bond, the connection to God Paul called "in Christ." We begin to connect to one another.
We engage the quest, running and finishing the race.
Those are the landmarks. Bill adds many of his own life experiences as he maps out the landmarks. He is very honest about the ups and down of his own journey.
Perhaps it is just me, but this seems to be a book specifically for men. I had a great deal of difficulty identifying with several of Bill's landmarks. For example, bonding. Women, in general, don't go on rafting trips where this type of bonding Bill experienced happens. And the quest is another one. It must be a man thing to go on a quest.
I would recommend this book to men who want to understand the journey they are on. I am sure they will find themselves within this journey Bill has described. I don't think women will find this book nearly as informative.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
Mrs. CMissourlAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Landmarks will place you on the right road!March 10, 2013Mrs. CMissourlAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Are you in a rut just spinning your wheels? Is your life safe, comfortable, .....dead? Landmarks: Turning Points On Your Journey Toward God by Bill Delvaux is the next book you must read. Landmarks was a pleasant surprise. The author, through anecdotes from his life, gently encourages the reader to examine themselves at the life landmarks he has mapped. Although this book was easily read in two afternoons, I believe it would be an excellent small group study for men, women, or married couples.
Bill Delvaux was a struggling young minister with big dreams. His marriage was in turmoil due to his depression, and he was angry with God. He resigned his position and eventually took a job as a high school teacher and coach. At the encouragement of a friend, he wrote down nine "mile markers" from his life journey, and this book was born.
Landmarks is divided into three parts. In the first part, Descending Into Death, the author writes that we all try to author our own story, disconnected from God, and the chaos that results when we do not fully trust Him to author our life story. Idols was the most personally revealing chapter in my life, exposing that we all are hoarders and hang on to things, ideas, situations, and people instead of giving ourselves completely to God. What the world calls dysfunction and addiction is actually idolatry. In Wounds, the author shows the harm of not resolving the harm caused in our life as a result of the idolatry and that running from these wounds is actually running from the Healer, God. The final topic is God's view of sex. Bill Delvaux illustrates that sex outside of His plan is a yearning for God, and that once the insanity of sin ends, God fills the void and longing.
Making The Turn studies our identity, how we feel about ourselves based on other's opinions, or based on God's opinion. Many people live in shame, but as the author stated, "Shame has kept you from love, and only love will heal you of shame." The only truth in our life is God's truth, and that is our only freedom and identity.
The final part, Ascending Into Life, begins with the battle. Many followers of Jesus do not even know how to fight the enemy because they have not prepared with study of Scripture and continued standing in Christ. He then shows the importance of vertical bonding with the Lord, and horizontal bonding with other followers of Jesus. Sadly, many feel the need to put on a mask when the body of Christ should be the place of the healing of our brokenness and hurts. The marriage union is studied, discussing the roles of a husband and wife, and how if these roles are reversed, the marriage will not survive. In the final chapter, we are encouraged to begin a journey finding God's purpose for our lives and allowing Him to write our autobiography.
Landmarks is this author's first book. I look forward to his future works. This book cause me to examine my quest, my landmarks, and make necessary adjustments in surrendering some areas I was still clinging to. I appreciate his personal openness in which he shared his life. You are encouraged to read this gift to the body of Christ
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