Posted in Possiblilty, spiritual growth, Uncategorized, tagged Andy Andrews, book review, crisis, encouragement, gratitude, hope, marriage, personal strength, perspective, self-pity, spiritual growth, The Noticer, Treasure Hunting on April 27, 2009 |
41 Comments »
Today is the official release of Andy Andrews’ new book, The Noticer. Even though I’m not “officially” reviewing the book on my blog, I could not let this day go by without saying something about it.
I received a review copy of the book back in January and was asked to give some feedback before it went to press. After I read it Mike asked me what I thought. Before I could begin my critique, he said, “Better yet, let me ask you this question: Can you think of five people, right now, that you would want to give this book to?” Without one second of hesitation I said, “Absolutely.” That’s all he needed to hear.
I have indeed given the book to five people. Well, I can actually think of twelve people I’ve already given the book to—before it was even released. (There are some perks to being married to the CEO of the publishing company.) (more…)
Read Full Post »
Posted in spiritual growth, tagged A Wrinkle In Time, books, comfort zone, courage, creativity, encouragement, gift, let go, Madeleine L'Engle, Nicole Nordeman, Shelia Mullican, Treasure Hunting, Walking on Water, writing on April 21, 2009 |
9 Comments »
My friend, Shelia Mullican, gave me a birthday gift on Sunday. She gave me a copy of Walking On Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L’Engle. I had never heard of it. Of course I have heard of Madeleine L’Engle. She’s right up there with C.S. Lewis. But, I must confess, I have never read A Wrinkle In Time. I tried, back in the sixth or seventh grade, but could never get into it. Everyone in my family loved it. They will tell you it’s still one of their all-time favorites.
For some reason I have always had a difficult time reading fantasy. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not handicapped when it comes to imagination. I’m more of a concrete person. On the Myers-Briggs profile I’m a strong S—Sensing. Creative and imaginative I’m not so much. I tend to look at life literally. But there is something in me that knows I would love Madelenine L’Engle’s books if I would just let go and let her take me where I could never go by myself. Unlike most of you Walking on Water (more…)
Read Full Post »
Posted in Possiblilty, tagged Andy Andrews, Austin Andrews, fishing, gratitude, hope, possibility, quotes, spiritual growth, starting over on April 5, 2009 |
12 Comments »
I love collecting quotes. Most are from famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller or Leo Tolstoy.
Occasionally I’m able to capture a priceless quote from someone I know. Such is the case with the following quote by an 8 year old boy, Austin Andrews. Austin is the son of my friends, author and speaker Andy Andrews, and his wife Polly.
The Andrews live on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing is one of their favorite pastimes. One day, while fishing with his dad, Austin said:
“The reason I like to fish is because when everything is calm and quiet, your whole self is full of hoping. And whether you catch anything or not, you still get to hope. It’s a great feeling isn’t it? Hope, I mean. It’s next best to excitement.”
Is your “whole self full of hoping?” What would have to happen in order to make this kind of hope possible for you?
Read Full Post »