Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mustard Seeds by Lynn Coulter - a terrific book!


“I am still here – not the same person I once was, perhaps, but that’s okay. I’d rather be tried and tested and know Jesus than to have sailed through life and never reached out to find Him.” (p. 173)

The cover of the book itself was soothing…a small bird perched upon the handle of a shovel. The title intrigued me…Mustard Seeds Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith. As I picked up this volume, I had a general idea of what I was about to read, but I had no idea how timely the message was going to be in my own life. You see, God designs even the details of our lives, and He knew that I needed the message shared in Lynn Coulter’s newest book. I am so very thankful to God and encouraged that He has allowed this opportunity in my life, and it is my great privilege to share this with you!

The quote I chose to open this review is a succinct summation of the awesome message found upon the pages of this book. Each chapter is arranged in a 6-10 page format, and within that brief passage Lynn Coulter shares an experience in her life that showed her a glimpse of God’s hand in the midst of her circumstances. Sometimes her experiences are difficult and hard to understand, sometimes her faith is challenged to the point of giving up on God’s presence in her life altogether, but always God is faithful to draw her to Himself. Lynn shares her spiritual journey with us in vignettes that everyone can easily relate to. Each chapter closes with a “Seeds of Faith” prayer and a passage of scripture. The book is not meant to “preach” but to encourage Christians to daily and continuously seek God’s presence in their lives no matter what circumstances come our way.

For you see, we all must learn the truth that the Gospel teaches and that Lynn Coulter shares with us so humbly in her book – that God’s strength and direction is always present in our lives and that He is working all things for our good and His glory even when we don’t understand. “That’s why people who have Jesus can go forward even when their x-rays come back marked with shadows, or when they struggle with loneliness or disability. Their faith has flowered into a peace that transforms hearts and spirits. The joy of knowing Jesus grows into the hope of heaven.” (p. 125)

This book releases from B&H publishing Group September 1, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-8054-4678-4. Reserve a copy here today! You will be so glad you did!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (From the publisher's website)

Lynn Coulter has written about spirituality, travel, books, nature, and gardening for Sky, Family Circle, and Southern Living magazines as well as The Weather Channel, Lionel Trains, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has also received literature grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lynn graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Journalism from Georgia State University and now lives with her family near Atlanta.

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