Friday, April 18, 2014

No More Ordinary by Carol Burton McLeod

God has a plan for your life, McLeod writes, that is beyond what you could dream or imagine. It is an abundant life but it may not be what you think. McLeod looks at God's Word to find the definition and the purpose of the life God has for you.

She encourages us to tap into the glory and grandeur of friendship with God. She explains how we co-labor with God, how God longs for a relationship with us, what He has given us, what it takes to live a life only divinely possible, the reality of the unseen, the peace that God gifts, having joy in the midst of suffering, the choices we must make, partnering with Jesus in the miraculous, and leaving a rich legacy.

McLeod has included several stories of people who have defied their circumstances and lived abundant lives. They are really encouraging. They evidence that, though we may not be able to choose the events of our lives, we can determine the atmosphere with which we live those events. We can live with joy.

She ends each chapter with a prayer, a declaration of truth about us, a Scripture, and an encouraging quote. She ends the book with a challenge. Each of us has a choice. Do we settle for a merely ordinary existence or do we partner with God for a life that is “no more ordinary”?

Food for thought: “Anything and everything you could ever need to live life this side of heaven has already been given to you because His power has been given to you.” (55)

Carol Burton McLeod is a conference and women's retreat speaker. She is the author of three books and has produced several teaching DVDs. She has a daily radio program, “Defiant Joy! Radio.” She is a 1977 graduate of Oral Roberts University and currently serves on the ORU Alumni Board as chaplain. Her husband, Craig, is the senior pastor of Life Church near Buffalo, NY. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of five. You can find out more about her ministry at www.JustJoyMinistries.com.

Bridge Logos, 208 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Group Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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