Are you stuck in the wilderness known as midlife misery? Can you name the day you became a Christian but can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer? Find encouragement in Max Lucado’s new book, Glory Days. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance. The wilderness. Maybe you know it well. More info about the book, visit GloryDaysBook.com/ Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts! Visit GloryDaysBook.com or click the image below for details.
This Mom’s Review:
Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links included.
I have not lived up to the names I have: Christian, wife and mommy. I have failed. I have spent a lot of time looking at how I wanted my life to be and how I’ve turned out as a person. I have regrets. How about you?
Read the above spill about becoming the person you want to be. Here’s my take on it and how Max’s newest book has helped me change my way of thinking and hopefully living.
I’ve spent 20 adult years trying to be someone and not knowing exactly what my aim is. Why have I failed? Simple. I left God out of the equation. Yes, I’ve always claimed he’s my Savior and tried to teach my kids about Him. Praise God that the two oldest ones have accepted his great gift of salvation. Yet, here I sit feeling unaccomplished and regretful.
In the book, the author compares the wilderness people (me) to the promised land people (who I want to be). I see that I have a terrible mindset, which I want to shake off. I see characteristics in the promised people that I want to instill in myself.
One of the keys to living the promised land life now is to read the Bible daily. I find that my biggest mistake is that I let my daily habit of Bible study and serious prayer slip from my hands. When the kiddos were small and I could beat them out of bed, I’d spend 30 minutes to an hour reading my Bible and praying, asking God for direction and His assistance for that day. Then life got busier and my spiritual life became null as I neglected it more and more.
The book goes on to talk about so much more than hit me hard. How I’ve sold out when it comes to using (or not using) my God-given talents. How I’ve not trusted God all of this time. I say I’m a believer, yet I trust in what is right in front of me, instead of He who is all-knowing and all powerful. I am afraid of the unknown, yet He knows what is before me.
Another mistake that has kept me from living the promised life now is not seeing Satan for who he really is – the enemy. I often see my husband as the enemy when we are in a disagreement that I cannot win. The devil, not my husband, is my enemy. The author tells us something that rings so true in this modern day, yet people are so blind: “The popular trend of our day is to blame problems on genetics, governments and environments. Yet the … real foe of our faith … is Satan.” I am just as guilty as blaming whatever I can for the sinful actions I make repetitively. We need to be fighting Satan through our testimony and by facing God, as the author further explains in this book.
What really stuck with my while reading this book is the section on fear, anger, and bitterness, which are my biggest walls rights now. I have let these control my thoughts and action for too long. The author shares more on how these and other things do not have to be our Jericho anymore.
Finally, I am confident that I’ll be able to move forward in my life, instead of walking around with aimlessly, with the encouragement and direction I found in this book. The author shares that “failure finds all” and that God’s book is written for failures. He uses you and me, the “perfect messes”, the failures. God wants each of use to use the individual talents he gave each of us instead of comparing and competing with others.
While there is so much more to this book, including Scripture to look up as you read, I just hit on the parts that spoke to me the loudest. Read the book and allow God to speak to you in the areas He desires for you to change in your life.
About the Book Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now
The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.
Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?
You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You’re fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s not out of you.
Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be better than this?
Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.
But there’s good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.
This is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.
You and your Promised Land life.
About the Author Max Lucado
More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
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More info about the book, visit GloryDaysBook.com/
Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!
Visit GloryDaysBook.com or click the image below for details.