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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday Giveaway//Seriously God? Book

For today's giveaway, one reader will receive a copy of Jen Smith's Seriously God? book.


Seriously God?  
I'm Doing Everything I Know to Do and It's Not Working!

I was sitting having coffee with a friend, Leila and she pushed a book across the table to me.  The title of it caught my eye.  Seriously God? I'm Doing Everything I Know to Do and It's Not Working.  Now that my friends, is a title and tagline, wouldn't you say?  Who hasn't felt this way?


My friend Lelia has all kinds of great connections and knows the author, Jen Smith, personally.  As I was thumbing through the book, I said "Boy, I would love to read this and I think my readers would love it, too!"  That is all I had to say and Leila was on her phone texting Jen.  Before I knew it, I had my own copy of this beautiful book and was spending time in my favorite coffee shops with highlighter in hand, eagerly eating up every word Jen wrote.


This book was a huge encouragement to me.  Jen takes you right to the Words of God.  Right to the words that He uses to describe Himself! She talks about what it means to live life "in the name of Jesus" & in order to do that, she explains how we need to have a firm grasp on who He claims to be. She walks through 7 statements that Jesus made about Himself that start with the words "I Am."  This intrigued me.  I was intrigued that in order to acknowledge the "nothing's working" statement, Jen takes us directly to what and WHO makes all things work together.  


She does not give pat answers, but takes us to these amazing statements and stories that God tells of himself, and also shares her own struggles and story, which gives the book a wonderful personal feel.  


Below are the 7 "I Am" Statements.  I added some of my own thoughts and highlights that I marked throughout the book to give you a glimpse of what I learned from this great read.


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I am the Bread of Life
He knows what we need and meets them. "There is a huge difference in coming to Jesus to have our needs met, and coming to him because He is the only thing we need." 

am the Light of the World
"Light always brings security where darkness brought fear."

I am the Door of the Sheep
His focus is on us.  He cares deeply & is aware of our needs and situation.  Our path.

I am the Good Shepherd
He will lead, guide & protect.

I am the Resurrection & the Life
He is both Divine & Human.  He gets it.  He gets us.  He knows our human emotions, & He also has the power to raise the dead & raise from the dead.

I am the Way the Truth and the Life
He doesn't just teach truth, He is the Truth..He doesn't represent life, He is Life.

I am the True Vine
Simply abiding, believing & obeying has the power to transform our lives. Will we become people who act on what they know or not?

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Because of this book, I feel like I know my Savior more intimately and deeply.  When life throws its curves, I can remember these statements--that He is good, that He is all I need, that He is Life & Light!  I can live life in His name, empowered to believe, obey and walk forward.  

Thank you, Jen, for sharing yourself and this great book with me and my readers!







11 comments:

  1. For Nook owners you can get this book for $3.39. I can't wait to read it!

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    1. I hope after you finish reading you'll let me know what you think! :)

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  2. Same thing with kindle:) Only $3.03! Purchasing now:)

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  3. Laurie would love to hear your thoughts on it!

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  4. Thanks Amy! And to your readers for letting me know I can get it now on my Kindle! I'll go order it now! Lisa~

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  5. This sounds amazing can't wait to read it!:)

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  6. Sounds like a book I would like to read and share with my book club. Thank you so much for letting us know about it and for the chance to win a copy!

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  7. What a wonderful book! It reminds me of some of the ideas in Beth Moore's "Believing God," which I am reading now. Thank you for telling us about it. Blessings to you!

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  8. I have Been wanting to read this book. thank you for the chance.

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  9. I just stumbled onto this blog. I think maybe God is telling me I should read this book, whether I win it or not! Thanks, Christie R.

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  10. Love your site, thank you for taking the time to brighten my day!!

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