I read the title of this book and asked myself two questions:
Do I crave connection?
Do I want to be challenged to engage in real-life engagement?
My answers were slow in coming, but yes, I crave connection, and no, I don't want to be challenged, but yes, I need to be challenged.
I'm busy y'all.
You're busy too.
In the introduction, the (in)courage community invites you to join them:
"Because that's ultimately who we are—storytellers who want to invite you into our living room for a cup of coffee to share what God is doing (in) our lives."
Do you take time out for that cup of coffee? Is that scheduled in somewhere, somehow?
If the answer is a two letter combination, instead of three . . .
All the more reason to consider this book from the (in)courage community to spur what we are called to do in John 15: 11-15 (The Message).
“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.
The 30 challenges presented in this book guide you to, "embrace the desire God has given each of us for connection, invest in meaningful relationships, right where God has you, and become the friend you wish you had."
Each day includes a focal scripture, an engaging devotional, connection questions, a connection challenge, a prayer, a thought to consider, and a simple, yet meaningful idea for engagement.
The authors from the (in)courage community include Annie F. Downs, Crystal Stine, Renee Swope, and Stacey Thacker, among many others.
Well-written, practical, meaningful, with a powerful punch, this book does not disappoint and is worth investing your precious time.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.