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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Find strength in the struggle, passion to persist, wisdom when you're weary, and joy for the journey.
If you've ever been on a long trip with small children you've no doubt heard, "Are we there yet?" Maybe you've even said those exact words or felt that same way as you have journeyed with God. Midway is where these feelings of frustration and impatience are most commonly felt. It's also where our hidden doubts find their voice.
Where most beginnings start with energy and expectation for all that is ahead, and endings bring the joy of completion as you arrive at your desired destination, the middle is very different. This midpoint can too quickly become a low point, as energy is lacking and enthusiasm wanes. Yet how well you handle the middle reveals what is in the middle of you.
The disciples foundin the middle of a lakea revelation of Jesus that they had never seen on the shore. In the middle is where new navigational skills are found. It's also where some of the most significant lessons are learned.
Join Charlotte Gambill in this compelling, story-driven message that shows through biblical teaching and life application how those who persist through the middle will find that miracles await them on the other side.
Charlotte Gambill has an infectious love for life, a deep love for people, and a zealous love for Gods House. Her passion is to build the local churchto see people reach their full potential and to strengthen leadership. Her practical, humorous, and passionate application of Gods Word is rallying a generation to embrace the broken and find hope. An author, speaker, and pastor, Charl leads Life Church in England with her husband Steve. They have two children, Hope Cherish and Noah Brave.
Heather5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome!March 16, 2016HeatherQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This a book with an awesome perspective on our lifes journey! It has given me the tools to push through a very trying time but also a book that has completely changed my perspective on the hard times. Its about knowing the Character God created in you for your specific journey and believing hes equipping you with the right tools to get through this and get through this well! If your asking why is God allowing this to happen in my life, well this books for you!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A book to read before you hit the middle of the journeyAugust 27, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Sometimes we get to tired of the journey, we start looking for an exit ramp rather than focus on moving forward. Gambill aims to strengthen the weary traveler and breath hope into the soul.
She writes about the stages of a journey and the qualities necessary to follow through to the destination. She encourages readers to be prepared ahead of time, knowing it will be a place where the Devil will try to discourage us. She suggests remembering past testimonies and gives the character traits that need to be developed. She uses stories from the Bible and her own experience to illustrate her work. The end of each chapter has suggested Action Points and Prayer Points.
This book is a good preparation for the journey and persevering through the tedius middle. It would best be used by reading it before getting stuck in the middle. Gambill has plenty of good ideas but they are mostly ones that take time and effort before they will be meaningful.
For example, writing about the strain of being in the middle, she says, So today, learn to recover from strain. If you strained your faith, fix it; if you strained your relationship, resolve it; if you strained your courage, rebuild it. Great instructions, for sure. What is lacking, however, is how to do all those things. One of her Prayer Points in another chapter: Pray for the strategy to change your situation. No practical instructions for creating such a strategy are included, however.
So don't think this book will have particular steps or strategies to persevere in the middle. The book is full of encouragement but the working it out is left up to the reader. Because of that, I think this book would best be read in a small group of trusted friends. The action and prayer points could be used as jumping off points for making a plan and carrying it out.
Christians in general would benefit from reading this book. Gambill does have a good section on helping others who are in the difficult middle of a journey. There are good insights from the Bible stories too. Just don't expect that by reading this book you are going to find a miracle in the middle of your journey. In that respect the title of this book is a bit of a misnomer. What you will find is a good foundation upon which to build so that when the time comes you will have the tools to persevere.
Food for thought: Persistent faith is forged in the middle it's the tenacity we discover when things don't happen in our predetermined timing.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement to Stay the CourseAugust 12, 2015JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Miracle in the Middle by Charlotte Gambill is a book about perseverance, about trusting God with all you encounter while traveling from point A to point B. Gambill explains the excitement of the beginning and drive we feel at the end, then shows how the middle tempts us to give up, turn back, stay put, or change course. Her purpose is to encourage us to continue on toward the goal.
Using Bible stories and life experiences, Gambill tells readers how to respond to a variety of possible experiences often encountered in the middle, ending each of the eleven chapters with thought-provoking action and prayer points.
Overall I liked this book which contained several useful insights. The analogies Gambill chose made her points clear and memorable. There were a few places where she tweaked the Bible stories to make her point, presenting her thoughts about what may have been going on in people's heads as Bible fact; this was a concern. But I still appreciated all of the encouragement I found to stay the course whenever I find myself in the middle.
Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Managing Our Middle MomentsAugust 12, 2015Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The beginning.
Every journey, every process has three stages. Beginnings are exciting and full of promise. Endings are satisfying and fulfilling. The Miracle in the Middle by Charlotte Gambill addresses the murky middle, the time between two shores when people lose interest, become discouraged, or just drop out. Charlottes word of encouragement is that the middle can be a place of building rather than breaking, and she offers practical and biblical wisdom taken from the life and ministry of Christ for managing our middle moments:
1.The middle feels uncertain, so follow Jesus. In response to His follow me, the disciples accepted the shift in management and followed Jesus through the highs and lows of His earthly ministry.
2.The middle may become turbulent, so stick close to the Word of God. Jesus words to His disciples put them in a boat in the middle of a lake, weathering the perfect storm. It was only after they were past the middle that they realized His plan.
3.Since most of us are stressed out and straining by the mid-point, it is critical that we deal with the damage immediately pray, forgive, and practice peace. It was while they were straining at their oars that the disciples got a clear view of what Jesus could do.
4.In the middle of a storm, take courage, remember who Jesus is, and dont fear. These were Jesus exact words to His disciples in Mark 6:50.
5.To hold the boat steady mid-journey, drop anchors into God, His Word, His promises, and His grace. Hebrews 6:13 reminds us that His promises are unbreakable. This gives us hope as an anchor in the muddle of the middle, (Hebrews 6:19).
6.The middle is all about patience and persistence. To make progress, position yourself correctly. My absolute favorite of Charlottes biblical vignettes portrays the daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27:1-4) as movers and shakers whose self-advocacy in the middle of a murky and uncertain time changed their familys fortunes and solidified their standing in the flow of biblical history.
7.During those middle days, be a responder not a reactor. In the middle, dont be a moaner. The people of Israel, stuck in the middle somewhere between the Red Sea and the Promised Land, are poster children for how NOT to manage our middle moments.
8.We occupy the middle with others who also need space and encouragement. The disciples blunders were public, but so was their recovery as God used them to establish the Church.
9.Dont confuse the mid-point with the destination. As in the case of David and Jonathan, God provides significant relationships to encourage and affirm.
10.To motivate: ACCELERATE! The destination the deadline, the goal keeps our eyes focused on Gods big picture. Like the disciples, we may find that the Jesus we meet in the middle will change all future beginnings and endings!
Middles will never be my favorite (not even with a pan of brownies!). However, I appreciate Charlotte Gambills call to pick up the oars in our marriages and families, in our career, in our ministry. Time well-spent in the middle will produce soul-strength and character qualities that will magnify Jesus when, with Him, we finally reach the shore.
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson through the BookLookBloggers program in exchange for my review. 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.
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