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Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2018
Enjoying life (zoe) in Christ comes in the choices we make moment-by-moment. Ginger Harrington invites women to discover how intentional choices made in the moment can become holy habits. With a refreshing perspective, she shows that holiness isnt a rigid standard to keep but a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God, who makes us whole.
Holy in the Moment explores the practical power of choices to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas learn to discern feelings and overcome distractions and shame, adapt Gods equation for obedience, live a praying life, discover methods for practicing holiness in parenting and the importance of rest, embrace biblical love and forgiveness, and understand how work becomes holy.
Re-energize faith with simple choices to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life with practical ways to be holy by choosing to trust God, rely on his wisdom, and live from his resources.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Practical teaching on living holyMarch 17, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is about the power of sacred choices and good decisions, decisions we make every moment. I am impressed with this book. Harrington has spiritual insights I've not seen before. She has filled this book with great teaching and practical ideas for godly living.
I like her clarification of holiness. We might think holiness is a certain behavior. But holiness is a reflection of who we are in Christ. Righteousness is thinking, feeling and acting as the person God created us to be. We begin with God's holiness and exercise our faith by putting God's will before our own.
My favorite chapter was the one on the sacred gift of concentration, important to those of us with SDD, spiritual deficit disorder. The teaching that impressed me the most by far was that on surrender and suffering. "Surrender is our hardest, most sacred prayer as, like Jesus, we submit our desires to God. ... When we trust God in our suffering, choosing to pray and accept His will, we release our deepest worship." (Loc 1058/2560) That really spoke to me.
While there are no questions for reflection as such, there would be much to discuss if this book was used in a trusted group setting. Harrington has included many practical suggestions that are perfect for an accountability group.
Food for thought: "Making intentional choices to trust God is where holiness happens right in the middle of an ordinary day." (Loc 240/2560)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Heidi Bredlow5 Stars Out Of 5Dig deeper and discover how God uses every day moments to reveal Himself to us.March 13, 2018Heidi BredlowQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Our daily circumstances and situations do not define us; how we respond when we reach a crossroad does. In Holy in the Moment, Ginger combines biblical truths with real world, practical, and relatable situations and examples as she weaves them together into a seamless ensemble that clearly demonstrates how to trust God, rely on His wisdom and truths, and see Him in every moment of your life.
Holy in the Moment encourages its readers to dig deeper and discover how God has used every moment of their lives to bring glory and honor back to Him. Each of these moments is meant to strengthen our relationship with God, but are we finding God in every moment? He is there, He has always been there, and He will always be there. Our God is loving, faithful, forgiving, comforting, and so much more! He far surpasses our understanding of Him and yet He is simultaneously with each and every one of us in every moment of our lives. We just have to seek Him.
Holy in the Moment will help its readers discover a deeper relationship with God through every day moments and interactions. It is a practical guide in helping believers strengthen their relationship with God through their daily choices.
Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of Holy in the Moment from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and not those of the Author and/or Publisher. I have not been coerced or compensated in any way.
Sarah E Koontz5 Stars Out Of 5Penetrating spiritual truths followed by helpful practical advice...March 8, 2018Sarah E KoontzQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5I don't normally give 5-star reviews to first-time authors, but my goodness, this was a well-written book! I was completely hooked when the author said, "branches don't need a three-step formula or a five-step plan to abide in the vine." What a simple, yet profound statement.
If I had to sum up the message of this book in one word, it would be "surrender." When we choose holiness in the moment, we discover a better way of living. A more restful, peaceful, purposeful way of living. Reading this book was akin to taking a "Holiness 101" course in college. The author inspired me to choose holy over busy, stressed, and empty.
There was a wealth of biblical wisdom packed into a practical manual for holy living - penetrating spiritual truths followed by helpful practical advice.
I would definitely recommend this book to my friends! Looking forward to reading more books from this author in the future.
Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from the publisher for review purposes.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love God. Embrace Truth. Enjoy Life.March 8, 2018Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Ginger Harrington and her family moved from North Carolina to California, she wasnt worried about packing or adjusting to a new home base. Rather, she was worried about surviving! Medical testing had revealed that she had Graves disease, a hyperthyroid autoimmune disease and suddenly, all the roller coaster symptoms of anxiety and a body stuck in high gear began to make sense. Packing a supply of her new little pills along with her three young children and all their belongings into a moving van, she and her husband did what military families always doexcept that this time, Gingers moving mojo was drowned in a flood of adrenaline. Sleepless by night and depleted by day, she was forced to reach deeply into the truth she knew but could not feel:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God. . . Isaiah 43:2, 3
Gingers journal became a spiritual climbing wall, a record of hand holds by which she pulled forward into the next grueling day:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Dont fret or worry. (Philippians 4:6)
Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life, part memoir and part manifesto, is Gingers record of Gods faithfulness and a gift to readers in search of homely wisdom for living in sync with the promises of God. Fear and weakness forced Ginger to open her heart to the strength that comes only through prayer and to make one holy choice:
Not every moment is good, but [she would] believe God is good in every moment.
Truth that Transforms the Hard Moments
Far from stale religion, holiness is both practical and relevant to the life of a believer, for it is rooted in relationship with a holy God and grows in direct proportion to our willingness to be transformed in mind, will, and emotion. Gods invitation into holiness is a path away from a disorderly and unkempt life and toward a life that is as beautiful on the inside as the outside. For Ginger (and for all of us whose feet are walking broken paths), these are life-saving words, and anchor our hearts in the truth that God loves us as we arenot as we wish we were.
A Habit of Prayer in the Moment
Whether dealing with anxiety over major life adjustments or simply bad habits that have produced a hurried soul, redirection begins with the good choice to rest in God and to adopt a moment-by-moment trust. Prayer becomes the affirmation of total dependence upon God, especially as it becomes instinctive to pray now rather than later. (Loc 928)
Praying in the moment looks like grace flowing into everyday life:
Write a prayer directly into a social media thread;
Record your prayer in an email or text message and then hit send;
Send private, emergency messages to the God who is always listening;
View the fleeting thought about a person or a situation as a call to prayer.
In his classic work Practicing the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence refers to this mindfulness and ongoing dialogue as continual conversation with God.
Trust, Lean, Acknowledge
Holy living in the moment translates the familiar wisdom of Proverbs 3:5,6 from theoretical to the intensely practical in three action-oriented steps:
Trust God with all your heart: Trust and love live in direct proportion to one another.
Lean not on your own understanding: Our own understanding steers crooked with the bias of self. (Loc 1020) Resigning from our position as adviser to God and depending on His leading is a huge sign that we are depending on Him and not ourselves.
In all your ways acknowledge Him: To acknowledge God is a form of prayer, and all our ways would include thoughts, feelings, responses, and decisions. As we embrace Gods way of doing and being, we discover that His promise of straight paths stands in direct contrast to our own broken and bent way of living.
Shimmering Glimpses of Wisdom
Oswald Chambers was known for teaching that prayer is all about relationship rather than answers:
The purpose of prayer is to get a hold of God.
As I progressed through Holy in the Moment, I found myself pausing and pondering over shimmering glimpses of wisdom that stand alone in their gracious beckoning toward truth:
Aim for consistency but walk in grace.
You can choose the thoughts you will receive and the ones you will reject.
The faith way is to think,I know my work is taxing, but Christ is my strength.
Far more than a doctrine to follow, holiness is a life to enjoy.
Its important to understand that joy is not the absence of pain in circumstances, but rather the presence of God in the midst of them.
Everyday choices build a life. Mundane moments of loving our kids, cherishing our husbands, and supporting our friends in ten thousand different ways over the course of a lifetime well-lived change us from the inside out. Loving God whole-heartedly is choosing the life we were made for, and one day, we discover that God is doing His work through us, and we shine with a glory that is not our own.
This book was provided by the author 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.
G Brownlee5 Stars Out Of 5Hope For Joyful LivingMarch 6, 2018G BrownleeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author pours out hope for joyful living. Each chapter has practical applications for living Holy in the Moment, as children of a Holy God, but without piling on all the guilt. I found myself excited about living out the truths, reminders, and simple ways to love God. But, don't get the wrong idea, this is not a book full of fluff. It deals with our inner thought life, attitudes and digs deeper to address heart issues. I found it to be a strong call to action.
I liked the way the author weaved in her own story; I was grateful for her transparency and felt relieved knowing that I'm not the only one who doesn't have it all together. Holy in the Moment gave me a refreshing and encouraging perspective on what holiness means.