Update: Suzanne Eller has just released a yearlong devotional that is available at Amazon. Click the book below to get your copy!! ❤
I love Proverbs 31 Ministries, and I love their authors as well. Suzanne Eller writes with such fervency that you begin the Introduction with a faith challenge, and one very deserving of attention: “What would you say if Jesus walked up to you today and said these words, ‘Come with me. Wherever I lead. Whatever the price’?”
She lays out her chapters by beginning with Simon Peter and going through an intimate account of his genuine encounter with Jesus. Interwoven into each chapter are personal accounts of her own encounters with trusting Jesus and the outcomes of some of her life lessons. They are deep and moving, but real and transparent. In the last chapter, she invites us to be the 13th disciple, and begs us to examine our hearts and motives for following Him.
The devotion questions are quite deep, but so is the level that the Lord wants to take our personal relationship with Him. Comfort is not one afforded to those who follow Jesus, and to be challenged in faith is something the Holy Spirit desires for growth. I loved reading this, and the way she made my faith deepen and my longing to hear Jesus more clearly. I invite you to read the invitation firsthand, and then determine your next step.
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This book was a strengthening journey of confirmation for me on the benefits of saying yes and no. Choosing whether to say yes or no to something can be hard, especially if you are a people-pleaser and want to make everyone happy (hopefully by now, you know that’s an impossible, futile task).
This is the first book I’ve read by Susie Larson, although I’m sure I’ve heard her radio program over the years (http://myfaithradio.com/programs/live-the-promise/).
What a phenomenal writer! I enjoyed her perspective, her insight, and her godly wisdom. She shared personal stories, lessons learned and ways to say no without feeling guilty. We can honor God by using our time the way He means for us to use it, and it doesn’t mean every obligation is ours. This theme of listening to God for time management is paramount in the lives of Christian women today. We have duties to our relationship with Jesus primarily, spouses, families and then wherever God needs us. When we let that slip, we become overwhelmed and drained. That is not the way the Lord wants for us to live.
Her chapters are organized very intelligently: Sloppy Yeses, Shackled Yeses and finally Sacred Yeses. Sadly, we all fit somewhere on the spectrum.
My prayer is that you will take some much needed time to read this book, as time allows 😉 and tuck away the Scriptures she gives, so you can give yourselves permission to steal away time for rest and regeneration with your Lord. It’s an essential reward.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”