Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pick a book!

There are those of you who expressed interest in reading another book after our last reading group finished. I think this is a fantastic idea. I loved reading along with all of you.

I've selected 4 books to choose from (the first one was suggested by Andi). I will let you all decide which one you want to read. So leave a comment letting me know your pick. The book with the most votes will be our next book we read with the second book being the next and so on.
So give me your opinion!

#1 is Let God Be God by Ray C Stedman

Can a book about suffering sparkle with warmth, humor, and encouragement? Yes, it can-and Ray Stedman's Let God Be God is that book. So turn the page and prepare to be instructed, inspired, and comforted by the life-changing truths of one of the oldest and greatest stories in human history-the story of Job.
#2 is Waiting with Gabriel by Amy Kuelbelbeck

In Waiting with Gabriel: A Story of Cherishing a Baby's Brief Life, AP journalist Amy Kuebelbeck shares the heartbreaking story of the brief life of her son, Gabriel, born with a rare heart defect. Kuebelbeck and her husband learned of the problem during the second trimester of her pregnancy, when they were told that he would only live for a few days after birth. In the memoir, she recounts that he actually lived only a few hours, but explains that his life was invested with meaning for his family and the hospital staff. This is not so much a book about grief and loss as it is a testament to the importance of recognizing grace and beauty in the here and now; faced with the imminent death of their son, Kuebelbeck learned to appreciate every moment with her husband and their other children. Although the book is enriched by a strong Roman Catholic perspective, readers of any faith will connect with Kuebelbeck's tale of spiritual growth through love and bereavement.

#3 is In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me by Lynnette Kraft

In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me offers a unique look at a story of suffering. You will experience Lynnette's raw emotions through journal entries, yet you will be encouraged as you witness God's miraculous power of healing in her life. You may even find yourself excited to face your next trial, seeing it as an opportunity to experience, as Lynnette has, the fullness of God. Lynnette is a mother of nine children but has been called to endure the great sorrow of watching three of them die. She has suffered, but she has been victorious through the loving help of her Savior. Her heart's desire is to offer hope to others along their road of heartache. Lynnette delights in spending the days with her husband of twenty years and their six children. She enjoys prayer walks, country drives, napping outside on a beautiful day, and listening to film score and classical music. She also values sincere friendships, good chats over coffee, and raising children to love and serve Jesus.

#4 is 90 Minutes In Heaven by Don Piper

On the way home from a conference, Don Piper’s car was crushed by a semi truck that crossed into his lane. While his body lay lifeless inside the wreckage, Piper experienced the glories of heaven and was awed by its beauty. Ninety minutes after the accident, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. But his faith in God was about to be severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. In 90 Minutes in Heaven, you’ll experience a new dimension of God’s reality. And we recommend it as a source of comfort and encouragement to those recovering from serious injuries or dealing with the loss of a loved one.

16 comments:

April said...

My first choice will be Lynnette's He Afflicted Me. I say that, because I have been meaning to order it through PayPal :)

My second would be 90 Mins. in Heaven. I pondered over that one in the book store, but ultimately didn't buy it (not for lack of interest however).

Can't wait to see the results! Like you said, we will read them all - the votes will only determine the order :)

Thanks for letting me get involved!

Christina said...

I pick Lynette's book. I was actually thinking of doing this one myself...in Pooh's Corner.

HappyascanB said...

I vote for Let God Be God. My second pick would be Lynnette's book! Then the one about Gabriel. I've read 90 minutes in Heaven, and it is awesome!

Jessica said...

I would love to Join in this month. While I haven't lost any one that was very dear to me, I would love to read this book and shall i ever have to deal with heartache maybe her story of healing and the power of God would help me at that time. I also am drawn to this one because it says how she will use God in her everyday life and I do need to work on that for myself, family and most of all my children!!

Do you have any places that would be best to pick this book up at? Thanx

Stephanie said...

I think I may want to join the group this time around! My vote goes to the book by Lynette Kraft.

You need a blog button or something that those who are reading along can display!

Andi Soergel said...

Wow, Holly! It's really hard to choose! Of course, I'm reading the Job one now and I am getting a ton out of it, but all the others sound really good, too. I hope we do get a chance to do all of them! I guess this doesn't help much as far as a vote goes, but I want to read them all! :)

Emily Yeater said...

I have heard wonderful things about 90 minutes in Heaven and this has been on my list for a while.

Lisa said...

I just finished Lynette's book so I'm not sure I qualify to participate but I STRONGLY suggest it for your next group! It is SO good that I found myself with a highlighter marking the spots that I knew I would want to refer back to again and again. You can't go wrong with this one!

Ashley said...

In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me by Lynnette Kraft

Nicole said...

Id like to vote for "Let God be God", and after that i would also like to read "Waiting for Gabriel."
I wasnt able to get the first book you studied, but I hope I can participate in the future!

MommyIvy said...

I have 90 minutes in Heaven and have yet to read it. I would also like to ready #2, so its a tie for me.

Anonymous said...

the book 90 minutes in heaven is a great book . I read this book and I did shed tears and the book was hard to put down. I haven't read the others buti do know that this book is a good one for all to read. Good luck in chosing a book.

croleyc69 said...

My first choice is Lynnette's He Afficted Me. My second would be 90 minutes in Heaven, then Gabriel & then Let God be God. But whatever you decide is really ok , I enjoyed reading the last one with everyone. Thanx again 4 doing this Holly. HUGS :)

stitchndeb said...

My vote would be for Let God be God, and my second choice would be Lynnette's book. ~Debbie

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

I vote for Lynette's amazing book!! It is such a great comfort to those who are grieving...and such an inspiration. I will be listing it in our Walking With You resource list when we get the part where we talk about the grief following a loss. These are great picks...I've read all except the Let God be God book. Curious about that one. Loved the others.

Stephanie Scales said...

I would love to join and I would choose He efefcted me!

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