Saturday, January 02, 2010

Back To The Land Of The Living and A Book Review

Title was stolen from Renee who welcomed me back to the land of the living yesterday.

It is true that I have been away and sicker than ever (thankfully) I want nothing more than to get back to "life".  I love life and have always felt that I really live it. Maybe I don't go out a lot but I always try to see the good in people and to really live in the moment. I notice all God's beautiful creations and appreciate the differences in most folks so being sick and unattached was really hard for me. It seems like there was so much wasted time. Not that I could have done anything about it. Sick is sick and you can't lie to yourself. Women are natural warriors, we deny a lot of things, put ourselves on the back burner until finally you can no longer lie to yourself. I was sick and something had to be done. There was actually a point where I was ready to throw my towel in especially after another quick health issue that scared the bejesus out of me. But, that is for another post!

I hope everyone had a wonderful start to 2010. Hopefully we can all stay healthy and make this new decade the best one yet.

So, what does one do when they are house ridden for two weeks? Well, if you are me, you read!

Here are a few books that made their way to my review pile.

The Monday Morning Church, Out of the Santuary and Into the Streets by Jerry Cook

Product Description

Fired by the passion to take the message of the gospel beyond the walls of the church, Jerry Cook challenges Christians to reconsider their role in society. He emphasizes that the church on Monday operates in the experience of the non believer where the greatest impact for God can occur. He encourages Christians to consider themselves strategically placed by Jesus Christ to go to the non believer rather than having them come to God. Drawing from the book of Ephesians, he challenges traditional thinking of how ministry occurs and what the church should be while presenting an exciting new paradigm of living for Christ.
Jerry says that Sunday Church doesn't really matter if you are not taking Church with you on Monday, into the World were we can do Jesus work. Yes, I believe he is onto something. We have all seen it, the people who go to Church every Sunday but never take Church with them.  It is so hypercritical to be that Sunday Christian and than do nothing to serve the Lord or address his teachings on a daily basis. This is something I always felt as a confused Catholic girl growing up. It's true I don't get to Church every Sunday but I believe being in a building celebrating the Lord isn't necessary. Being a good person, hopefully lightening up someone's life, praying, teaching my children to be good, sensitive, caring, loving people in this world are what matters to me.

The Monday Morning Church is written in a way that people who love reading about religion, Christianity or faith will love but it is also for someone like me who can appreciate the gospel but also needs it to be light. Jerry Cook is a wonderful writer and teacher. I believe this book is for everybody, it isn't preachy and has some entertaining, real moments that will have you thinking.

Table of Contents

# Part I: Where is God on Monday? The Power of the Church on Monday
# The Radical Relocation of God
# A Window in Time

# Part 2: Who You Are Where Confidence Begins
# Will the Real You Please Stand Up?
# Embracing Your New Identify
# You Are What You Believe

# Part 3: What You Have Hope, Wealth, and Power
# Alive and Free
# Transformed and Courageous
# Welcome to the Family

# Part 4: How You Live A Worthy Life
# The Christian Lifestyle
# A Life of Love
# Not in My Neighborhood!
# God's Plan for You

To hear Jerry Cook, head over here for Podcast.


  1. Glad you`re back in our land... lol... I look forward to the post about the scare. I hope everyone is ok and it was nothing too serious.

    Get well soon, and happy 2010!

  2. Thanks....I am slowly trying to get back to me. It has taken so long.

  3. It is amazing how we take books and the ability to read for granted--that is until we get sick or injured and can do nothing besides read! I can't imagine not being able to read, can you? It makes me feel sorry for people who can't.


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