Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I realized very quickly that war books just are not my cup of tea. But that is all right. I believe that this book, No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle that Sealed Allied Victory by Jerome Corsi, will be wonderful for all of you that love to read true stories of bravery, and victory coming forth from impossible circumstances. What I really enjoyed about this true account was that faith was interwoven throughout the pages. This is important because too often we give man credit for something that only God could accomplish.
To read about the depravity of the battles, and the despairing circumstances shed light on the fact that it was only by a miracle that victory had taken place at Bastogne. It is a true story that not everyone hears about but it is an important one. In fact, I would say that this book should to be shared in order for the American people to remember that God is the one that saves and delivers us from evil. WWII was evil and as you will read, the miracle that sealed Allied Victory was one that was essential in the war. We need to read stories like these so as not to lose hope in the darkest of circumstances. We must remember those before us. We must remember their sacrifice and not lose sight of what America once was.
Go read, No Greater Valor and remember the sacrifices that many made for so many. May you remember that our God works miracles today.
I have received this book for free from booklookbloggers.com and these opinions are my own.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Fight Back with Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears.- Margaret Feinberg (Click on the link to watch a video)
Fight Back With Joy
I found myself laughing and crying my way through Margaret Feinberg’s newest book, Fight Back with Joy. One of the things that I appreciate the most about Margaret is how she opens up about her painful journey through cancer. With her honesty it allows each of us as the reader to be able to be honest with ourselves. Too often when we walk into a path that is filled with darkness and loss, we sometimes can get lost within the depths of those powerful emotions of sadness and hopelessness. What Margaret so beautifully describes in this book is how there is always hope, and that we can choose joy as our greatest weapon against the darkness.
At the very beginning Margaret addresses the common misconception about joy that I think most of us have believed. She states, “For most of my life, I had thought of joy as a natural byproduct of a life well lived. A complimentary add-on, a tacked-on freebie.” I, too thought the same thing as Margaret. Although, I have had moments in the past 5 years where I slowly but surely have had different hints of what joy was really supposed to be, I have not fully grasped the truth about joy until my Mom passed away. Sometimes, just like with Margaret’s journey fighting cancer or like a life without my Mom, we find that joy is right there for us to take up for ourselves amidst the darkness, amidst the pain and sorrow. It is always our choice.
You must read this book to understand Margaret’s journey searching for joy is often much like our own. She tried a “yes experiment”, which failed. Each of us search for more in life. We want to be happy. We want fulfillment in life. We want things to go as we plan them. I am in full agreement with her when she says, “Many people live joyless lives because they don’t understand what joy is, what joy does, how to discover joy, and what to do with it once they find it.” I have lived joyless not because I did not want joy but because I did not understand what it was. I thought that joy meant always feeling happy and having my life circumstances just right.
“Practicing defiant joy is the declaration that the darkness does not and will not win. When we fight back with joy, we embrace a reality that is more real than what we’re enduring and we awaken to the deepest reality of our identity as beloved, joyful children of God.” Joy is a choice. It is as basic as that. As Margaret so beautifully points out, “we are created for joy”, and “we are destined for joy.” Jesus made it possible for us to have joy. It is definitely a part of our heritage.
As I live and let go, and choose Jesus, I realize just how much joy is a choice for us. Too often people will play a blame game about their lives. Too often we can remain angry. Too often we think that our bitterness is because of how bad life has treated us. The reality is, is that our life is a gift. God extends grace to us everyday. He chooses to love us and pursue us even when we choose to ignore him. I can tell you from experience that when we choose Him, there is no end to the things that he wants to show us. Joy is one of those great gifts. It is a fruit of the Spirit and as such, if we choose Jesus, it should be an action in our daily lives.
When you choose joy, you will find that life is great even amidst the pain, the sorrow, and the darkness. Joy is powerful. Will you Fight Back With Joy? Margaret Feinberg has written an exceptional study on joy by being very honest and raw about her darkest journey so far. Through her testimony, we see how "life's thorniest paths can lead to great joy."
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