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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Potter's Hand

I love to read! This is the most recent book that has mesmerized me and monopolized my spare time. It is an autobiography written by Pastor/Evangelist Greg Laurie. I often listen to his messages on the local Christian radio station, as I travel the weekly 2 hour trip to my moms each Monday. He is a very practical and thought provoking pastor, that lived a very dysfunctional life until he was 17 years old. It's amazing to read about his life and see the stepping stones that God put in his path to prepare him for the ministry. As I read this book, I've pondered the stepping stones placed in my son's life, preparing him for the ministry. I can see... The Potter, molding Ben's life from the very beginning, with individuals and experiences that helped shape him into the minister he is today. The BLESSING in all of this- God isn't finished with him yet and I delight in watching the molding process first hand, not just now but from the very beginning. It has been my honor to hold one hand while God held the other, as Ben took a step from one stepping stone to the other. The books can be found here along with information about Greg's life and ministry. Maybe it can be a BLESSING to you, as it has been to me.


Blogger Susie said...

Hi Nancy,
Thanks for the review on this book. I didn't remember hearing that you had to travel two hours each way to your Mom's home. I can imagine that listening to an inspiring message would help pass that time.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wow, this book sounds so intriguing.

I couldn't help but think of my nephew (the one that is just 3 yrs younger than me, the grandson of my dad from his previous marriage). I don't even know the half of how he had to grow up with- in his words- hippie mom, but I think he saw way too much...yet, he was saved as a teen and is now a phenomenal Navy chaplain.

I think I just may have to pick this book up!
Thank you for the great review, Nancy...


8:35 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Susie~ You will love this book... now I need to go back and reread my post to see how I phrased by travel time to mom's. It is one hour each way for a total of two hours... sorry for the confussion- it's an uplifting way to help pass the time!

Tammy~ I didn't know about your nephew. He needs to write a book... I know you are proud of him. Intriquing is an accurate description of the book and you would love it.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Cris said...

It sounds like a really good book.

It's amazing to look back and see where God has been present in our lives. You can't always see it when you are going through trials and such, but sometimes when you look back you can just see where He has been there all along. Kind of like in that "footprints" poem.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I will have to try to get hold of this book - sounds wonderful.

I didn't realize you take a trip to your mom's every week either - but great time for book-listening!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my newly-fixed-up room!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Flip Flop Floozie said...

I need to get back to reading. Against my OWN rules I have two books started now. That is something i just never do. i will be getting hopefully a lot of reading in when we leave for Illinois. Lots of hours to read then..So happy for your son..It is wonderful that you were able to hold one hand while God held the other I always wanted something like that for my children but it was not to be..As long as they are happy!!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Cris~ I thought of the "Footprints" poem as I wrote this post and yes it is similar. I love that poem too!

Dawm~ Now that you have retired, you will have extra time for reading and this is a great one. I know you are a Max Lucado fan like me but I do try out other authors from time to time. I was actually disappointed with Max's last book "3:16".

I do spend one day each week caring for my mom. She has vascular dementia, lives at home, and requires 24 hour care. My older sister takes a day and we hire the rest of the week. It is very sad, a SLOW downward spiral...

Actually, I have been reading this book. I listen to Greg Laurie's message that is on a radio broadcast it is conveniently on during my travel time to mom's.

Sandy~ This would be a great book for your trip to Illinois. Are you visiting your family? I remember when you visited them last time.

You are right about the importance of them being happy. God has a call for all of us... we just have to be listening. Your kid's talents are being used for God's glory in other areas which is a blessing indeed!

6:52 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Sounds like a good read. As I read the sentence about the Potter, the melody of the old hymn "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" came to mind. I haven't heard that hymn sung in a long time. I enjoy reading your posts about the kids.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Tom~ That is an excellent hymn, if I could just make it a daily prayer. I'm glad you like my kid's post because I kinda post about them a lot! They really aren't my entire life... they lead interesting lives and I guess it's on my mind a lot!

Speaking of kids, hows the "fixer-upper" going?

6:34 PM  

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