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The year in books (2017)

Once again I’m going to tell you just how marvellous it is to be part of a book club. We call ourselves The Romans 12:2 Project, because we’re all keen for this “renewing of the mind” business. Especially when it comes to seeking God’s will for our lives. We’re a rabble of women, meeting every five weeks or so, spurring each other on as we sink our teeth into a feast of words, glorious words! Here are the books I’ve read this year. Not in any particular order. Healing Begins in the Heart, by Karen Mace. Moving Mountains, by John Eldredge. The Sacred Year, by Michael Yankoski. Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist. Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity, by Kerri Wyatt Kent. Revealing Heaven, by Kat Kerr. Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry. Wearing God, by Lauren F. Winner. My Seventh Monsoon, by Naomi Reed. (I also read Congo Dawn by Tasmanian author Katherine Scholes, which was a great fiction novel! Good for holiday escapism!) The exercise of writing …

I Never Thought I was a Cynic… Until I Read This Book.

A Praying Life (Connecting with God in a distracting world) by Paul E. Miller NavPress, 2009 Every so often you read a book that completely reboots the way you think. A Praying Life has been that kind of book for me. Don’t be turned off by the title – or the cover for that matter. This is a book with the potential to change your perspective on every level, not just the few minutes you grab with God each day, running through a list of pleases and thank yous in your head. Paul begins by defining prayer as “interconnected with all of life”. Such an important distinction right there. He continues, “Because prayer is all about relationship, we can’t work on prayer as an isolated part of life. That would be like going to the gym and working out just on your left arm.” With an easy turn of phrase, Paul grounds his teaching with stories, many from his own family including the trials and triumphs of his daughter Kim who has autism and developmental delay. Paul and …

Aussie Reflections

Hi friends! Just wanted to let you know that I had an article selected for publication recently in a book of reflections and meditations.  The book is called Aussie Reflections (Strand Publishing) and is available at Christian bookshops everywhere.  I have a few to give away – just LIKE my Faith Like a Mushroom Facebook page (if you haven’t already), and then LIKE the Aussie Reflections post and I will randomly select a few of you to receive a copy. Here’s what the blurb says: INSPIRATION.  LAUGHTER.  WISDOM. From dropping your iPod in the bath to getting a haircut … from being surprised by an eavesdropper to receiving a bunch of flowers … 25 short, uplifting stories about everyday happenings that made ordinary Aussies pause and reflect on life’s deeper meanings. This collection will nurture an awareness and appreciation for the joy, love and wonder that surrounds you daily.  The mixture of humorous and tender stories will both deepen your faith and delight your heart.  For what it’s worth, I’ve really enjoyed reading the musings …

Holiday Reading: Heaven is for Real

Do you ever wonder about heaven? What does it look like? How does it work? What will I look like? How will time operate? I do. Sometimes I think on it, allowing my imagination to run away, but generally all that’s gained is a longer list of questions. I mean, what enjoyment could there possibly be in an eternity of harp strumming? And the scriptures say our body will be restored – but really, couldn’t God give me something more ‘heavenly’ – Jennifer Hawkins’ body would do. Some of us wonder about heaven for more meaningful reasons. We have lost a loved one and we consider whether they made it, or how they are occupied ‘up there’. I have just read the most profound story of a nearly four-year-old boy who experienced heaven as his body was lying on an operating table. Heaven is for Real, by Todd Burpo (little Colton’s dad), is a slip of a book (163 pages) that I read in about three sittings in the lead-up to Christmas. God told me …