Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Book Review

Hi hi fellow reader friends! I would first just like to point out how hard it is to blog when this mug -

-is in your face ALL the time. He is feeling super deprived and I don't blame him. All his owners do is take him out to potty and sleep ALL the time.

In between all this sleeping and the SNOW that has been happening around here I've gotten a little reading done. Not all of what I had originally planned, but they were books that I had! I finally finished Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot and then because I just really really wanted to know what it was about, and since it's my book club, or my reviews, or whatever - than I can kind of do what I want - I read Kisses for Katie  by Katie Davis.

I guess being a good God fearing person that I am, I probably should have heard of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, and Jim Elliot's story, and maybe I did, but being the self absorbed human that I am (I only speak the truth..) I never really thought twice about it or stored their story to memory. But I recently read Radical by David Platt (also, so so good!) and it is about living radically for our heavenly Father, and what better story of absolute radical faith than that of Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming and Nate Saint and their death. I'll just share some of my favorite quotes from the book, I didn't have a pen most of the time so I just have a lot of pages with the flaps turned down, and looking back I can't for the life of me remember what stood out that I should turn the page ear down, and re-reading those pages, it all stands out... -

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

"The gaining of Christ is both an inward reckoning of loss and an outward suffering of it. I have known myself to lose something for Him, yet cherish it in my thoughts."

"I tell you truly that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain of wheat; but if it dies, it brings a good harvest. The man who loves his own life will lose it, and the man who hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life."

"Father, take my life, yea, my blood if Thou wilt, and consume it with Thine enveloping fire."

"Missionaries are very human folks, just doing what they are asked. Simply a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody."

I think what really hit me about this book is just how often Jim asks God that His will be done, and if His will includes Jim losing his life then so be it, but let him go to South America and share God's word with the Auca Indians. I don't know how many of us that go on missions, pray to go on missions, etc ask for God to take our lives if it's His will but please just let us go... a little extreme, even just 60ish years later, but still a true exemplification of how a Christian should be living. 

So while I'm reading Shadow of the Almighty,  I came across the book Kisses from Katie,  I had found Katie Davis' blog a while ago, and enjoyed reading it and seeing her faith in God, and listening to Him. I thought this book, was encouraging, and real, and a blessing. I definitely think we all would benefit from reading this book, and learning just the teensiest bit from Katie. I enjoyed reading this book, but I'll be honest with y'all, she makes it sound so easy. The decision to leave her home, not go to college, move to Uganda, adopt children, start a huge successful nonprofit, and start her life over in Uganda. Easy. Um, I don't think so. Again, maybe its just me and my self absorbed ways (again, I just want to be real with y'all) but just wanting to go on a two week mission trip is a big decision in our lives. I looking for the strife and conflict, and big decision making process that she went through in this book, it's not there - she makes it look EASY. God wants me to go to Uganda? Okay. God shows me these children that need a home, and to adopt them? Okay. Um okay!? I was talking to the hubs, looking for an explanation of how she makes it look so easy - and his simple response - well shouldn't it be that easy? Oh sure... I definitely married up and he teaches me new things everyday, and knows so much! Anyway.. here are some of my favorite quotes from Kisses for Katie -

"Matthew 10:28 tells us not to fear things that can destroy the body but things that can destroy the soul. I am surrounded by things that can destroy the body. I interact almost daily with people who have deadly diseases, and many times I am the only person who can help them. I live in a country with one of the world's longest-running wars taking place just a few hours away. Uncertainty is everywhere. But I am living in the midst of the uncertainty and risk, amid things that and do bring physical destruction, because I am running from things that can destroy my soul: complacency, comfort and ignorance. I am much more terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than I am of any illness or tragedy." 

"Jesus called His followers to be a lot of things, but I have yet to find where He warned us to be safe. We are not called to be safe, we are simply promised that when we are in danger, God is right there with us. And there is no better place to be than in His hands" (Amen! <-- that's from me)

"God shows Himself victorious. He reminds me that all of this life requires more of Him and less of me"

"When we stop be kind when we don't want, that's when the sacrifice becomes most rewarding"

That last quote, out of the whole book hit me the most, because that is me. I'll admit, most of the time, I'm so wrapped up in hurrying - hurrying home to sleep (because I need sleep), hurrying home to eat, to catch up on ridiculous TV shows that I think I need to watch, etc. Again, I married up, because even though reading this book, I see this action everyday in the hubs. He is the one who digs for change for the man asking for it, he is the one who brings me home and goes back to the grocery store to take a man to the train station and pays for the train ticket, he is the one who gives a slice of pizza to a homeless man in the city while I look at my two pieces and think if I give one away then I'm still going to be hungry. So much for taking care of the least of these Holly - seriously!? I'm worried about being hungry!? there are millions of people who go hungry and I'm worried about skipping a meal!?... He is a blessing to others and to me. This book was real good, and it just makes me want to go to Africa even more! I read this in Radical, or a blog somewhere, but I know that I need Africa so much more than Africa needs me. So pick up this book and read it, and be touched by someone who listened to Matthew 28:19-20.


Working out:
Tuesday: speedwork on the treadmill 3.66 miles in 40 min (10:56 average) - considering there was some walking thrown in, I think this was pretty good.
 Today: more speedwork on the treadmill 3.2 miles in 34 min (10:38 average)

My speedwork at the moment is consists of:
5min 9min mile : 5 min 12 min mile
4min 9 min mile : 4 min 12 min mile
3min 9 min mile : 3 min 12 min mile
2 min 8:30 min mile : 2 min 12 min mile
1 min 8 min mile : 1 min 12 min mile

I feel like I've read about this workout before in Runner's World and it sounded good, but I also could have just made it up... But so far it seems to be working. I've also been throwing in some 1 min sprints at the end. Where I run at an 8 min mile for a min, slow down and catch my breath, then run a 7:30 min mile for a minute, and then slow down and catch my breath - I did this the other day until I got to a 6 min mile for an entire minute. I thought for sure I was going to fall off the treadmill, and or throw up. I don't think this big girl has ever run so fast, and I'm not sure if I plan to again... 

I know its 3pm but nighty night y'all - I must get in a nap before my first of four nights! I'm still questioning why I do this to myself - oh yeah because I want this and I want to go here. Oh hubby hubs... Christmas maybe!? Or black friday!?

Now if y'all will excuse me, I'm going to canoodle with this animal and fall asleep to the glorious sound of his snoring!

Proverbs 16:9

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