Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Excellent, Inspiring Book!

I was not sure what to expect when I received the book, A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve, it is by Mother Teresa, and edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk.  So many people have heard of Mother Teresa and all the wonderful works of mercy, compassion and love she demonstrated to the world.

I had not read anything written by her, and I must say I was overwhelmed with her writing.  This book CANNOT be read in one sitting, a chapter cannot be read in its entirety, you can only read this book, section by section, maybe even page by page. 

There is so much richness in this book.  This is a collection of her words, teachings, prayers, as well as comments and testimonies from people who knew her well.

This book is organized from the collection of letters, speeches and interviews she gave.  There are 14 chapters in which they are broken down according to the 7 corporal and 7 spiritual works of mercy.  Each chapter has a brief intrdouction, then Her Words, then the Testimonies of others about her, and finally there is a reflection and prayer. 

The greater impact for me were the words of Mother Teresa.  The testimonies were nice and added to the book, but I greatly appreciated her words and point of view.  

A Call to Mercy is an excellent book, which helps the reader to know Mother Teresa through her words, as well as those of others.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Excellent Devotional

I have read many of John Maxwell's books on leadership.  So, I was happy to be able to receive this devotional, Leadership Promises for Every Day.  Each day there is about a 2 - 3 paragraph devotional, along with a scripture passage.  At the end of each day's reading is the original source of that message.
Maxwell's hope is that this will spur the leader to blaze the path and lead others in a manner which is more God centered and effective.  Each devotion has a nugget for us to take and incorporate into our daily lives.
Overall, this is a very good, easy to read devotional.  It is originally from 2003.  So, you may have this on your shelves with a different cover.  This one would make a great Christmas present.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the  I received this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

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