Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Godwink Stories by SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt


SQuire coined the word “godwink.” “A word to fill a vacancy in the language for so-called coincidences that you are certain could not be coincidence.” (6) You are sure God is at work.
Then he came up with Godwink Link, the person who delivers the godwink – the one who makes the phone call at the right time with the right message, or otherwise “happens” to intersect another's life.
People have written SQuire heartfelt letters in response to his previous godwink books. They show the person-to-person connections from God happening to each of us. Many of those letters have been included in this book.
SQuire and Louise have found that every hurt and worry you encounter has been addressed in the Bible. They have paralleled the letters received with the wisdom from God's Word. They also add insight from their own lives as well as the appropriate Scripture verses.
The book is designed so that it can be read cover to cover (as I did), or read a chapter a week for fifty-two weeks. You can also just read the chapter that fits your need as a cross references is included at the back of the book.

Some of the stories are very touching, like a lost screw on a bicycle leading to an elderly man knowing he is forgiven.
Some of the stories yield profound lessons, such as this one about an autographed 45 rpm record. “You cannot see all God has planned for you. But you can trust that He holds your future in His hands and that He has a plan to guide your steps and light your path.” (51)
Some of the stories include humor, such as Bonnie seeing a church marquee saying “This too shall pass,” when her son was in emergency with kidney stones.

“Every day, God showers you with an abundance of gifts. … Only when you condition yourself to accept God's gifts and to thank Him for them accordingly...will you begin to see the massive evidence of God's love for you.” (153)

Each of the stories emphasize how an extraordinary God uses people like you and me to touch the lives of others. These stories are full of encouragement. They also inspire you to be a blessing to others.

SQuire Rushnell, a former television president and CEO, was for twenty years an executive with the ABC television network. He is the author of When God Winks. He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Louise DuArt.
Louise DuArt is one of the world's top comedic impressionists and costarred with Tim Conway in a national touring show for fifteen years. She has had starring roles on Broadway as well as an eight season talk show on ABC Family. She has toured as a speaker with Women of Faith, and performs with her husband in Three Couples. She coauthored Couples Who Pray with her husband, SQuire.

You can find out more about the authors and their books at http://www.whengodwinks.com/ and the publisher's product page.

Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, 246 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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