Organized Chaos

Life as an Associate Pastor's wife: community, family and God

Getting Unfunked April 8, 2013

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Stuck in a Funk by Tony Morgan is a fantastic read for leaders who want to move their church/organization in a positive direction. Tony uses the analogy of “the leisure suit” to get us thinking about how we often desire change, but are set in our ways. We don’t want to change things that may have been successful in the past, but aren’t working now. Stuck in a Funk is a practical book that helps us identify the things that may be keeping us in a funk and offers us advice on how to get unstuck.

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Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow July 27, 2011

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Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow is about a young lawyer named Tom Crane who is on his way to becoming a partner at an Atlanta law firm. The untimely and suspicious death of his father leaves him needing to tie up loose ends in the small town of Bethel, GA where he grew up. Before leaving Atlanta, Tom’s world does a 360 when he is fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend. He returns to Bethel in hopes of quickly settling his father’s affairs, but in the processhe finds a significant amount of money that is unclaimed. Tom finds out that there are webs and webs of lies that come with this money, and he wonders if his father could have been part of an international money laundering scheme. He meets a young woman along the way who is smart and beautiful and tests his faith.

This book reminds me of a John Grisham novel with lots of Christian influence. The beginning of the book was a little slow, but once Tom made it to Bethel and started uncovering more and more suspicious things about his father’s death and law practice, the plot really began to take off. This book leaves you guessing the outcome of not only Tom’s faith in God, but also who he can and cannot trust. This book is inspiring because Tom wasn’t exactly close to his father, but he will stop at nothing to make sure the right person is brought to justice, and he finds out that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. It has a lot of mystery and packs a lot of talk about God and faith with a little splash of romance. If you love mysteries and romance, then you’re sure to enjoy Water’s Edge.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Thunder Dog By Michael Hingson with Susy Flory July 20, 2011

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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory is a story of trust and survival during one of the most horrific experiences that has faced America. Michael Hingson’s and his guide dog Roselle wake up like any other day and prepare for their day ahead, which consisted of working on the 78th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Little did they know that their day would not end as expected. The bond that Michael and Roselle have is unique and allows them to work as a team as they face many obstacles during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Being blind may seem like a barrier to the sited, but Michael breaks the stereotype of being blind and shows that being blind is not a handicap.

This book is a thumbs up for inspiring not only the blind, but sited to chase your dreams and never let others tell you what you can and can’t do. Michael’s story is one that will inspire generations to come. Throughout the book, Michael eludes to their being a higher purpose to his life besides being blind. The trust that Michael and Roselle have for one another parallels the trust that we should have with God. This book was a fast and easy read. I think both adults and older youth will enjoy reading a true story of courage and trust.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Cron July 15, 2011

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Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me by Ian Cron…A memoir of sorts is an autobiography of Ian’s life consisting of surviving childhood with an abusive and alcoholic father, who happens to be in the CIA, dealing with his own alcoholic tendencies and finding Jesus in the process. This book reveals that overcoming obstacles that may seem impossible can happen. Faith and positive influence from Nanny, Christian friends and mentors seem to play an important role in Ian’s life.

This book captivates me. Never once did I find myself bored. A memorable story whether true or fiction for me is leaving me wanting to know more, and Ian did just that. The author inspires others to greatness. This book would be great for parents, especially those who may not have had the best relationship with their parents. It shows that a relationship gone wrong in the past does not make you into who you are today. Words can’t describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. Great summer read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Stop Praying September 24, 2010

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Bill’s and my friends started a home group this week and invited us to join. I love community so I was in. We are doing a 10 week study on Francis Chan’s Crazy Love dvd. Over the course of the 10 weeks, I will “hopefully” have a Friday blog post summing up that week’s discussion topic and my thoughts.

Last night’s topic was called Stop Praying., which focused on how our prayer life can often become routine. Francis challenges us to break free of the routine and see God in a whole new light every time that we pray. This exact topic has been one of my biggest struggles as a Christian. I am all too guilty of sticking with prayers that are often mundane, ritualistic and monotonous.  Here’s a few of my thoughts on how I/we can break routine:

1) Talk to God as if you’re seeing Him face-to-face

2) Ask God to reveal something new about His awesomeness

3) Changing the scenery (your favorite spot hiking spot, an empty football stadium, your closet, a park, etc.)  might help you to think about God in a different way and clear any distractions from your mind.

4) Pray to God with an open heart. God doesn’t need fancy words or want  our loud meaningless prayers. He wants our genuineness.

Share some more ways we can break the routine.

 

Caption Please December 9, 2009

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CAPTION PLEASE

 

Clay Creations November 27, 2009

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I invited my 10 year old niece over for a play date. She is very creative especially with clay so I thought this would be a fun project.

Savannah was in her element, and I was her apprentice!

We used Bake and Bend clay to make this Mickey replica, but we soon found out that Mickey wasn't so bendable. His arm snapped off when I tried to bend him.... Ooops!

This is a watermelon my niece made with the Eraser Clay (bought at JoAnn Fabrics).

More of our finished products... hot pink lips, a dog bone for Marley, and a delicious looking swirled hershey kiss