Tonight I finished chapter 5 of The Shack. William Young gives this great description of spring time. You can sense the feeling of life and renewal the comes with that season. I enjoyed that part. I got some good laughs towards the end of the chapter but I don't want to give away too much to people who may want to read it for themselves. You should!
I got an e-mail from Barnes and Noble yesterday telling me my copy of To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future, by Dan B. Allender, had arrives. I had to take a break after reading the introduction so I could process the whole idea...studying your story. I'm just imagining the impact it would have in relationships if I truly understood my story, the themes God is developing in my life and then be able to clearly articulate them. The latter is a big challenge for me. Already I can tell this is going to be a good book. I pretty sure it is going to kick my tail!
Introduction: What's Your Story?
-- Everyone's life is a story. But most people don't know how to read their life, and they have little sense of how God has written their story to reveal himself and his own story. (page 1)
-- Who am I? What about God am I most uniquely suited to reveal to others? And how is that meaning in my life best lived out? (page 4)
Chapter 1: Your Name and Your Story
--God shaped, molded and formed us to reveal something about himself. He is a Being who loves to reveal and who invites us to join the process of revelation by calling us to ask, seek, and knock...We are not inanimate entities that merely reveal glory but living stories that are meant to create glory. (page 11)
--This is a search not for fulfillment but for narrative. It is not enough to find a self. Instead it is imperative to search for one's story. It is not I who must be found. Instead it is God who is to be found. (page 13)
--Tension is living in the gap between certainty and uncertainty. We always begin with what we know and are irresistibly drawn to what we don't know. (page 17)