Monday, July 06, 2009

This Book Changed My Life - Love Equals Sacrifice by Michael Stidham

I was fortunate enough to receive an email from one of my favorite publicists from Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists. She knew I would love this book and asked if I wanted to review it. After reading the summary I knew it was something good but I had no idea how such a small book would affect me.

Love equals sacrifice is a story about Michael Stridham and how he took care of his father after his mother passed away. That little sentence doesn't begin to explain this book.

Here is what the back of the books says:

Love Equals Sacrifice
A Journey Of Loyalty and Service
by Michael Stidham
"As a Certified Public Accountant, Michael Stidham dealt with numbers most of his career. Alzheimer's was just another passing word he heard on television. Little did he know that one word would become a focal point in his life. Thus began his journey back to the Catholic Faith and the realization that Love Equals Sacrifice.
Author Michael Stidham is a Certified Public Accountant who was self-employed for most of his career. After selling his business in August of 2002, he spent several years taking care of his father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Michael is currently semi-retired and resides in Bellevue, Kentucky. He enjoys outdoor sports including golf and is a member of several organizations including The Knights of Columbus"
96 pages - $9.99 (paperback)
Even that doesn't begin to say why this book spoke to me. Michael makes so many important and true points in this book that I don't even know where to start.
*"Kids these days don't have a hero." Back in the day, kids had people to look up to on TV that spoke about being good and having good morals. The bad guy always lost and the good guy always won. These days, gangsters and villains are just as celebrated as the hero. Is it any wonder that our youth are desensitized to crime?
*"Humility is a prerequisite to holiness. No holiness, no heaven." So many of my friends including myself grew up attending church and have since stepped away. Deciding to attend bible study was something I had always wanted to do and have been doing so for about 6 months now. It is something I look forward to and have definitely learned a lot. Start small as Michael says, even saying the Our Father once a day. My children so far have no religious foundation but they knew who God is, where heaven is and how good people go there. This needs to change and I will be doing that soon. However, being good people is something I press upon them. Hearing them say, God Bless you to a stranger sneezing in the supermarket or to each other lets me know I am doing my job.
*"There are two choices, heaven or hell. How could I possibly want anything else but to see your family and friends in heaven? Pray everyday for yourself and your family and friends. Even the longest journey requires you to take the first step." Isn't this the truth? So simple yet so profound.
My favorite sentence of the whole book: "To assume your sins are greater than God's mercy is arrogant". Doesn't that just say everything? We are all basically good people and this is something I have always believed. People want to be good, some just get lost along the way but mostly we are all mostly good. Prayer and basking in God's love will get you through your toughest times.
Turning toward his light instead of away can only bring good things to you. This is not to say that bad things don't sometimes happen to good people but finding enjoyment and peace in our journey is really all any of us can ask for.
I highly recommend this book!!!!

The Best 9.99 you will ever spend by this book today!

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