Those who wait by Tanya Marlow how to be powerful

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow

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Those who wait

I longed for a second child, but nothing seemed to happen for such a long time and for those who wait the expectancy feels like a snail on holiday. Fortunately, I did not have to mark time as long as Sarah.

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow
Sarah
Are you a fidget?

It seems that those who wait for something, often try to fill their time.  I find it hard not to. It might be searching the internet for an answer or occupying my mind with what if’s. As Tanya Marlow says in her book there are the ‘little waitings’ to the ‘big waits’.

What I liked

What I like about this book is that it makes you think. To contemplate waiting. Beautifully portrayed through the stories of four people, Tanya Marlow beckons the reader in to understand waiting on a deeper level.

“The Clock – What are you waiting for?  On a blank piece of paper, draw a small clock.  Think about all the areas of your life where you feel ‘liminal’: in between, unfulfilled, in limbo.  Around the clock, write down everything in your life that you are waiting for. Keep this clock somewhere prominent while you work through this book, as a reminder of all you’re waiting for.”

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow

A personal journey

Consequently, “Those who wait” is a personal journey that you take alongside Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. And the book works well if you take time to ponder, reflect and meditate on the subjects. It is a tremendous personal read for Advent to prepare you for the coming of Jesus. However, it can also be used in groups and for Bible Study as it would work well for them too.

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow
John
What I loved

I loved the story of Sarah, how it unfolded and could feel the weight of her disappointment.  And I too have laughed at the craziness that a promise will be fulfilled. Sarah is the epitome of waiting (and what woman/mum isn’t in waiting) and a great reminder that God can do all things. Oh, how I love Sarah, human, broken and yet still waiting. But her laugh can be heard through the generations now.

Book review by Margaret Kazmierczak for Those Who Wait by Tanya Marlow
Mary
What I didn’t like

Nothing – and for me, that is saying something! I know who I am going to give this book to as a Christmas present.

Would I recommend this book?

If you haven’t read this book then I would strongly recommend that you buy it for Advent or as a Christmas present. You will want to use it over again to go deeper into the process of waiting.

Thank you, Tanya, for writing this wonderful book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the book

Everyone is waiting for something: a bus; a spouse; better health; a fresh chance; a true home. Ultimately, we’re waiting for Christ to return and the world to be put right. Waiting is hard. What if the Bible is more honest than we are? What if our struggle with waiting has spiritual value?

Follow the lives of four Bible heroes who struggled with waiting: Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. Written like a gripping novel, we encounter the wonder of the Bible afresh.

Provides empathy, purpose and perspective for those mired in doubt and disappointment. Includes six Bible studies, plus creative exercises and reflective questions. Perfect for personal devotion or church group discussion.

About the Author

Tanya MarlowTanya Marlow is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. For a decade she was a Christian minister and subsequently a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Now housebound with severe M.E., she maintains a writing ministry from her bed and campaigns for others with chronic illness and disability.

Other books by Tanya

She is the author of Those Who Wait (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2017), Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty (2015) and a contributor to Soul Bare (InterVarsity Press, 2016). She writes honestly and compassionately on the Bible, the messy edges of life and finding God in hard places.

More about Tanya

You can find her a vicarage in Devon reading fairy tales to her son, or via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, at tanyamarlow.com. Tanya Marlow is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. For a decade she was a Christian minister and subsequently a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Now housebound with severe M.E., she maintains a writing ministry from her bed and campaigns for others with chronic illness and disability.

You can find her at a vicarage in Devon reading fairy tales to her son, or via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, at tanyamarlow.com.

 

 

Seasons to focus, inspire and challenge your prayer life

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My penny’s worth
Seasons

A God of All Seasons

A God of All Seasons is a beautiful book with thought provoking messages across all the seasons of the year. The Meditations and their questions delve deeply and request the reader to take a step back and reflect on their own lives.

What I liked

What I liked about this book is that it is vulnerable. Both Authors take examples from their past and show us how these experiences help us draw nearer to our Creator. I felt a closeness to the Holy Spirit speaking through the pages as the reflection opened up areas in my own life that required healing.

A hug and a challenge

This book is both a hug and a challenge, and a must-read for those wanting to find closure to past hurts. Can we drop the stones that we throw at our mistakes and stand next to Jesus and BE-loved? Are we able to find a pebble marked GRACE that we can throw into the pond of life so that its ripples will expand and multiply?

Living with pain

Having Chronic Fatigue, I found comfort in the words, “The cross at the front of that church had stirred up thoughts and questions in my young mind. Pain must stand for something if the church placed it so prominently.”

I had not thought about pain in that way – it had only ever been a discomfort for me, a burden. Now when I go to a church, I will look at the cross and breath “we are one in this pain – it can only lead to the resurrection.”

Moving forward

The book urges us to go forward, “Sometimes we need to look back and remember before we fasten our seatbelt for what lies ahead. We need that backwards glance at the beloved moments scattered through our lives so we can escape from the pain that tries to entrap us.”

A book that needs more than one read

There are so many gems in this book that I could quote.  I have no doubt I will return to it again and again to find more encouragement and hope.

Thank you, Tammy and Amy, for writing such a beautiful and life changing book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Book

A God of All Seasons - a book review

Book title: A God of All Seasons

Author: TH Meyer & Amy Breitmann

Release date: August 28, 2017

Genre: Non-fiction

What if your spiritual life landed in the grip of a wintered soul? How does one’s faith survive?

Discover the beauty and challenge of spiritual seasons as Tammy & Amy remember parts of their stories in order to draw out your own. Learn to perceive God’s companionship even when you don’t sense His nearness. And unearth, not only a God who created the seasons, but one who also walks with you through them.”

Book Trailer Video: https://youtu.be/fWupS5gTRoc

About the Authors

T.H Mayer – After living in Asia and Europe, T.H. Meyer’s family planted roots on their Texas farm in 2008 where they live among fields of Rye and Bermuda. Tammy is a writer and creative strategist who also moonlights as a social media specialist. She’s the mother to three children and author of, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs manoeuvring the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.

Join Tammy on her website: The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith http://www.tammy-h-meyer.com/.

Or stay in touch with her at:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hendricksmeyer/pins/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tammy.h.meyer/ for personal photos and thoughts from home.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammy.hendricksmeyer

Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammy_h_meyer/lists & find out what’s on her Twitter “Lists.”

Amy Breitmann – Bio Amy weaves together ministry and writing alongside her husband and two children in Augusta, GA. She is a writer, speaker, and founder of “The Lydia Project,” a national ministry for women facing cancer and is a storyteller for ViBella Jewelry, an international company that employs artisans in Haiti and Mexico. Her published works include pieces in Chicken Soup of the Soul, Mosaic: Sojourners of Faith, and Guideposts Magazine.

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