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A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

I devoured this book within twenty four short hours, but I believe that it will take me many more to comprehend the depth of Don Miller's understanding of Story. Miller does an excellent job of expressing the lowness he was feeling when this book began its life. He also shows the growing points that helped pull him out of that time in his life. But that isn't the real focus of A Million Miles.
It's really about God's work in our lives and the ability to trust in a loving God that desires for us to live more fully and love more deeply.
The line that bridged the gap between just another story and something meaningful came to me from the sixth chapter, when Miller states about his screenplay character "I didn't mind putting Don through conflict, because I knew no matter what happened to him we would make things work out before the end" (p31). This is the truth of God in our lives; fear of conflict should be banished, because it is going to work out.
Mille…

Voices of the Faithful Book 2

This collection of daily devotionals is rich in the spirit. Beth Moore's idea of devotionals based on stories from the mission field continues to be needed in this world. Even though the news tells us that the world is getting smaller thanks to media and social networking; we are still in the dark about the basic day to day life of most of the world. The devotionals that are shared by the missionaries bring realness to the places that they are serving that can only be achieved through stories from the battle lines.
The book is divided into monthly segments with an introduction by Kim P. Davis, the compiler that includes the topics: God, Our loving Father; "Follow Me"; Lessons from the young; and Hope for the World. Each day there is a scripture, story from a missionary, and a prayer. The book is beautiful to look at but even more beautiful to experience. Having served for a brief time in the Sub-Saharan Africa, it is encouraging to hear of the work that our brothers and…

Fearless

Having read numerous Max Lucado books in the past, I thought I knew what to expect in Fearless, but I was pleasantly surprised by the increased depth and challenge that is put forth in this work.
Lucado does an excellent job of focusing in on and explaining several passages of scripture about fear. The use of various Psalms, the story of Jarius, and Peter walking on water all point to how Jesus desires for us to deal with our fears. My favorite chapter from the book is entitled "Make-Believe Money." The perspective that is expressed about our world and the worries that we carry around with us put in proper perspective in this chapter.
A study guide is included at the end of the book. It has many thought provoking questions to push you even further away from your fears and well placed scripture verses to meditate upon while ingesting Fearless.
Max Lucado has spoken a word of encouragement and direction during a time of many fears and doubts. Fearless is not just another in…