I've been very excited about this book for some time, but I've been waiting to post until my second read of the book. I wanted to completely devour the book and fully enjoy it. My dear friend Joanne wrote this book, which was released a couple months ago.
Some of my favorite quotes:
"He wants to come into our lives and make a difference now; he's not waiting for us to get it all neat and clean before he'll come in."
"Making a place for God involves choice. If we want it badly enough we'll make it. But as I said, making it may not be easy. Saying yes to God will mean saying no to something else."
"A different dynamic works when we're alone; conversations happen that don't happen when other people are around. Intimacy needs time that exclusive. In the same way, we find intimacy with God when we respond to his invitation to come away with him alone."
"Pray for passion--and watch for God to answer."
"When you are feeling discouraged in your quiet time, press in close to the Father with your disappointment. Don't turn from him or give up. Hide in the shelter of his wings (see Ps. 61:4), and let him be the lifter of your head (see Ps. 3:3)."
I especially love the Resources guide at the back of the book. I plan on checking out several of the books Joanne suggests.
I have another reason for loving this book so much...
Ummm...yeah....I had purchased my copy of the book and had it for a day before opening it up to the dedication seeing this dedication. What a gift! I was overwhelmed! Joanne had kept it a complete secret from me (although she had told me there was a surprise in the book for me).
When I asked Joanne why she would do such a lovely thing for me, she simply replied, "It just seemed right. There are so many conversations we had about this topic that are in the book." Which is true, we've talked and shared with each other a lot about this topic while she was writing the book. (See pgs.63, 70, 75-76,111 for mentions of some our discussions.)
Anyway, I feel completely honored that Joanne would include me in the dedication and completely blessed that she calls me friend.
So, grab yourself a copy in the bookshop. It would make a great Mother's Day gift.