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Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
Charlene Ann Baumbich has always spoken and written about the layers of life just as she sees them—slightly off-center, mostly dead-on, and always through the lens of grace. With Don’t Miss Your Life! Charlene Ann Baumbich’s creative pedal is to the floor, her cranky gallbladder has been “left behind,” and her storytelling is in full swing. Fasten your seatbelts!
With her signature warmth and candor, Charlene offers readers insight on how to become their own best storytellers of what God is doing in their lives. She does far more than show why it is so important to slow down, enjoy our blessings, and not take things so seriously. She encourages everyone to build a “memory portfolio” of special life moments, and in doing so to grow in wisdom, learning how to see God’s hand in our daily lives is the key to a rich and fulfilling life.
Some of the authors main points include: establishing a foundation of friends and fellowship; getting over spiritual constipation; questioning assumptions; creating balance in life; not crashing with a splat; saying bye-bye to negative thinking; waking up to ones senses; weathering lifes storms; and accepting the great I AM. The reader will find Baumbichs easy-going style most enjoyable when read for leisure since the pages are filled with personal experience stories that serve as ironic, profound or just plain bizarre examples for her points. Apart from being an award-winning journalist and the author of the six-book Dearest Dorothy series, her ability to laugh at herself is her best credential for writing this book.
Baumbich earnestly shows her readers how to live life one step at a time and how to cherish the moments while actually living them. She sums it up well in her last chapter: But before you can capture that momentone in the string of moments that comprise your lifeyouve got to live it! Gods breath already stirs within you (p. 252). Her readers will be reminded that it is good to dream and then to take the time to catch those dreams and turn them into reality. In following her own advice, she actually went bungee jumping as her prayerful husband watched from below!
The strengths of this book are found in Baumbichs upbeat voice, conversational style, and her creative word choices. At times it does take her a while actually to get to her main points. Also, some readers may not like her style of writing, which reads like an email since she uses parentheses with unnecessary exclamations such as HAHAHAHA! or uncommon words like YOWZA. This book is best recommended to adults looking for a relaxing but fun-loving book that will stir ones mind and memories toward freedom, laughter and grace. Laurie Filson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Charlene's outrageous humor will tickle you with life-giving laughter!" -- Patsy Clairmont, author of God Uses Cracked Pots and Under His Wings
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