Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled at Faith in Unremarkable People
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Remarkable Faith tells the stories of people whose faith was of such quality that Jesus himself marveled at it – people who were broken, needy, and dependent. These eight inspiring vignettes weave history, theology, and fictional detail into their biblical accounts to bring relief and a new perspective to those whose faith feels unremarkable. Written to encourage and relieve discouraged Christians who wonder if their faith is a disappointment to God, this book will demonstrate that remarkable faith – the kind Jesus marveled about – isn't about achieving or performing. You’ll discover you can exchange your performance – based evaluation of your faith with a fresh, life-giving intimacy with the Jesus who delights in transforming inadequacies into irrepressible affection.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8 X 5-1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 1455571687
ISBN-13: 9781455571680

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This collection of inspirational vignettes, based on eight of the Bible's unlikely examples of faith, will give readers a fresh intimacy with Jesus.

REMARKABLE FAITH tells the stories of people whose faith was of such quality that Jesus himself marveled at it-people who were broken, needy, and dependent. These eight inspiring vignettes weave history, theology, and fictional detail into their biblical accounts to bring relief and a new perspective to those whose faith feels unremarkable. Written to encourage and relieve discouraged Christians who wonder if their faith is a disappointment to God, this book will demonstrate that remarkable faith-the kind Jesus marveled about-isn't about achieving or performing. Readers will discover they can exchange their performance-based evaluation of their faith with a fresh, life-giving intimacy with the Jesus who delights in transforming inadequacies into irrepressible affection.

Author Bio

Shauna Letellier (pronounced let'ler) has written for the Huffington Post, Day Spring's (in)courage blog, and MomSense Magazine (now called Hello Dearest), a publication of MOPS International. She attended Focus on the Family's Focus Leadership Institute and is a graduate of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, with degrees in Human Development and Family Studies and Biblical Studies.

Editorial Reviews

"Her words chosen with exquisite grace, Shauna Letellier does something remarkable--she draws us near to the broken hearts that drew Jesus. Then she does something even more remarkable. She draws us near to the brokenness in our own hearts. The most remarkable thing she does, though, is to draw us near to Jesus, showing how eager he is to bring healing and wholeness--not just to their hearts but to ours."

Ken Gire, author of Moments with the Savior and Windows of the Soul
"Shauna has clothed facts with fascination. She has put flesh and blood and emotion and longing to our mental flannel-graph figures. This is a dangerous book. It calls us to a different kind of faith-not the kind that makes us comfortable, but the faith that made Jesus marvel."
Chris Fabry, author of War Room

"When we're at our wit's end, drained of every ounce of spiritual energy, Remarkable Faith invites us to reach out - just one more time - to our loving Father who delights in saving us. Keep this book handy for those times when it seems all hope is lost...for that is the moment unfailing faith connects us to a never-failing God."—Maisie Sparks, author, Holy Shakespeare! 101 Scriptures That Appear in Shakespeare's Plays, Poems, and Sonnets
"In REMARKABLE FAITH, Shauna Letellier has accomplished no easy feat-she reawakens our sense of surprise with the word of God and welcomes us into a fresh freedom in our faith in Jesus. She is a noteworthy new voice who surely has more books to come, and I'll be waiting for the next!"— Cindy Lambert, co-author, One Light Still Shines
"Shauna Letellier delves into the stories of Jesus' healings with fresh perspectives and windows of insight. The characters from the gospels meet the Savior, but then turn and address some of our deepest needs and pressing questions. Her conviction of the power of Scripture and faith in the Christ provide hope and encouragement. Intriguing us with sanctified imagination, we find a realistic and true-to-life engagement with those who met Jesus-not only as they invite and inspire us, but also as they challenge us to go deeper in our faith.
I find myself often identifying with the players in these dramas of faith! I feel my own tensions expressed, as in the thoughts of the healed woman "wondering whether she should run to escape with her health, or run to the One who healed." As in "clothing the facts with fascination." As in gaining a fresh impulse to worship, "the irrepressible outworking of a life changed by him." Shauna not only invites us with her words, she prompts us with her wisdom."
Gregory C. Carlson, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Christian Ministries and Leadership Trinity International University

"Like a tour guide sharing her beloved hometown, Shauna Letellier leads you through the winding back streets of eight of Jesus' miracles. Her delightful blend of storytelling, research, and commentary will make you weep, wonder, and wander ever deeper into the Word. As it explores the unexpected faith of ordinary people, REMARKABLE FAITH awakens a longing for the same relentless pursuit of Jesus-the Strength in your weakness, the Fulfillment of your needs, the one true Lover of your soul."— Kathi Lipp & Cheri Gregory, co-authors of Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity

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  1. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Faith Restored For Those Who Are Unworthy, Helpless, Weak, And Suffering
    July 14, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marveled At The Faith Of Unremarkable People by Shauna Letellier is Shauna's own rendering of not-so-classic Bible stories that remind us of the times that Jesus used the most unremarkable of people, the lowest of the low, to exemplify those who not only needed Him the most, but also honored Him the most with the greatest show of faith.

    In Remarkable Faith, Shauna shares with us eight chapters, each focused on a varying type of faith (weak, helpless, unworthy, suffering, distant, panicked, defiant, and flagrant). Each contains a Biblical passage followed by her moving and elaborated tale of the story in question. After her vivid reenactment has taken place, she carefully and thoroughly explains what was so remarkable about this person's faith, why Jesus took notice, the reasons we should aspire to be more like them, and brief suggestions and a prayer to start us on that path.

    Not many of us would aspire to be more like the blind beggars (up until Jesus gave them their sight), or the ten healed lepers (before they were healed), or the woman who bled for twelve years (while enduring that bleeding)... Yes, we would long for the sight, and the healing, and the dignity that these people regained once Jesus took notice and restored their broken bodies and souls. But so many of us would not sacrifice what we have right now in order to "need" that kind of redemption. Yet, we already do. Every day.

    Those of us who know we're unworthy, but have faith anyway. Those of us who feel weak or lost, but have faith. Those of us who are defiant against the doubters in our lives, and struggle but hold onto the faith that we have. This book is written for you... And for those people who have wandered enough that they feel their faith slipping, but still long for it to return - if only they could see the right path or hear the compassion in Jesus' voice. This book is written for you... Or for anyone else who has faced hardships and still managed to hold onto the slightest amount of faith, hoping that it will be enough... It is. Jesus notices you. Hiding in the crowd. Hoping to just barely touch His robe and slip away. 5/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  2. scarb
    Hayes, SD
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Deeply inspirational
    July 12, 2017
    scarb
    Hayes, SD
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I gave this book four stars only because I usually like to read something that is more deeply theological. For its inspirational quality, Remarkable Faith deserves six stars. The author takes eight obscure members of humanity that are mentioned briefly in Scripture, and paints their full portraits in a way that you will never forget. Jesus sees these desperate faces, looking to Him as their last hope, and pours out His love on each one. At the end of each chapter, I felt compelled to assess whether I would have sought out Jesus at that time and place with the same remarkable yet imperfect faith. May we seek Him now...
  3. Em
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Drawn deeper in to my love for Jesus
    July 12, 2017
    Em
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tears of gratitude for Christ's rescue and tears of joy for the opportunity He gives for us to worship through obedience! This book draws the reader in to the faithfulness of God to draw us to a life of faith! Get the highlighter ready, re-read, but a few extra to share with friends, ...! So excited for others to join in these healthy tears, as they read!!
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encounters with Jesus expanded, imagined
    July 9, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Letellier has used her imagination in a godly way to draw readers into the stories of those who encountered Jesus. We get such a small glimpse of the people in the biblical story it is easy to pass them by. Here, Letellier has imagined their feelings and their desperation for a healing touch from Jesus. I like that she quotes the actual Bible passage before her imagined retelling of it. She adds an encouraging devotion on each story as well as a closing prayer.

    I really like the insights Letellier has gleaned from these stories. For example, from the story of the woman with the issue of blood, we learn that she did not wait until she was well to go to Jesus. She went to Him broken, in need, and suffering. The devotional Letellier adds is a good encouragement for people who feel there is something keeping them from approaching Jesus or other Christians.

    Letellier has done lots of research to create a realistic background for her stories. For example, in the story about the woman from Tyre, we learn about the murex sea snail and the purple die it emits. We also learn much about the worship of Melqart, the god of Tyre.

    These are insightful stories of people desperate for a touch from Jesus. They showed remarkable faith and are good examples for us. We too can throw off our inhibitions and come with unabashed faith to Jesus.

    I recommend this book to those who desire greater insight into the stories of Jesus and those He encountered. You'll get a good taste of bringing biblical stories to life through imagination.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  5. The~Wiser~Way
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a touching book filled with Biblical truths and written with deep conviction!
    June 30, 2017
    The~Wiser~Way
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Remarkable Faith by Shauna Letellier is a touching book filled with Biblical truths and written with deep conviction. It's an encouraging read for both the Christian and non-Christian alike.

    As described in the previous publisher's description, Remarkable Faith highlights eight unnamed figures in the Bible whom the Lord defines as having amazing faith. At first glance, these people may appear to have an insignificant part of the Bible story, but Letellier contends that their lives are marked by an outstanding belief in Christ that sends them running to Him with open arms. After reading and pondering each of their stories, I would absolutely agree.

    The book is very thought provoking in that it makes the reader stop and analyze each of the actions and presumed motives of the chosen characters. As your imagination flows thinking about each day that the characters come in contact with the Lord, much is revealed within their hearts, as well as our own.

    Each chapter is devoted to the story of these individuals and ends with a meaningful prayer that begs reflection. The author is continually thankful throughout the book for Christ and the gift of worship, the ability of the Lord to hear us, and His exchange on the cross for us to be given new life. The assertion that "remarkable faith is often grown in the broken soil of desperation," is made clear by her eight illustrations.

    This is truly a wonderful read filled with hope and encouragement, in addition to the word of God. Remarkable Faith is a must read for anyone who is searching their heart for the true meaning of Christianity or struggling with their sense of significance. Letellier doesn't shy away from tough questions as it relates to suffering or rejection and the role each of these play in our lives as Christians. As is stated within the pages, "Remarkable faith is not an archaic memory. It is a present reality. Will Jesus find faith when He comes again? Yes, He will."

    Remarkable Faith by Shauna Letellier will be released July 11, 2017. This great book can be pre-ordered by clicking here. Thank you to FaithWords a division of Hachette Book Group Inc for this review copy of Remarkable Faith. I was not required to write a favorable review, but only to give my honest opinion of this work.
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