I was asked by Judy of Homeschool Faith and Family Life to review their
I Surrender EBook
We have all heard the scripture Joshua 24:15 that says, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord", Many of us post it on our doors and on our walls and claim it as our own. This short (24 pages) easy to read e-boook looks into 4 areas of our lives (the homeschooling day, family life, marriage, and friendships) and invites us to asks ourselves if we are surrendering those areas to serve the Lord. It doesn't stop there however and does give practical ideas and encouragement.
When we read out loud to our children I read the name of the author. When we read a novel together we research the time period and author. SOOOO...before I read this e-book I was nosy and wanted to know more about Judy. Head over to her blog (after you finish this post) you won't be sorry that you did.
I am in awe of and amazed by this woman. She is a homeschooling mother of 10 children and is blessed with three granddaughters. What really got my tears flowing and brought more amazement was hearing of her dear Mary Clare just being diagnose with Lyme's disease. Yes I am pained for this child and feel a mother's plea to take her place; But what REALLY impressed upon my heart was the amazing gratitude and thankfulness that her family showed in receiving her diagnosis.
My time is very limited and I can't practically read every thing I'd like. No matter that it claims to be edifying and Christian or life changing, I can't practically do it!. BUT I could tell that this was worth it and would be a refreshing encouragement. It turned out to be just that.
You can sneak some excerpts HERE
Many people do many things better than me. I have no problem "copying" them and see no point in rediscovering the wheel. Sadly though many things that I believe were written to encourage, equip and lead people to live fuller, richer lives with Christ come across as very condemning. We all know our evil thoughts and that we are far from where we need to be. Many women set out to write something in the Spirit of Titus 2 and end up with something that snootily says, "I do this better than you--so listen up." Judy is not one of those writers. Early on she says, "to trust that God is working in each and every soul and that bad moments do not equal “bad mommy” or “bad teacher”. Chaotic days do not mean we are failing or that our children should not be at home with us." That was something that I personally needed to hear.
Although this is a quick read it is filled with many gems that I wanted to share with you. I encourage you each to read The I Surrender E-book for yourselves:)