Lic to Sidewalk Prophets and Casting CrownsI used some of her selections and added my own to create a playlist for a situation I am
going through right now That playlist has allowed some moments of reflection as well 45 starsGod shows himself in myriad through right now That playlist has allowed some moments of reflection as well 45 starsGod shows himself in myriad beauty serendipity shock awe conversation even in the contrast between His own holiness and our tendency toward sin But are we awake Do we notice Should weThrough plumbing the depths of experiences from her own life Margaret Feinberg invites us to reflect on mis shapenness in our own lives Are we harboring bitterness too How is our prayer life reallyIn a day when many Christian writers care mainly for their ideas Margaret obviously cares for her craft which I find incredibly refreshing I especially loved the way book elicited an easy flowing attitude of prayer and reflection like freely wandering the garden with God rather than feeling like a note taking student The very first evening I found myself differently responding to my own memories and observations captured by the wonder that would normally pass me byI especially love the way Margaret sets life contemplations on a firm respect for who God has revealed himself to be in the Scriptures and in creation She experiences life just as we her readers do shares deeply from her humanity and shepherds us toward the Father as she struggles to hold tight to Him herself Martin Luther once said that We are all mere beggars showing other beggars where to find bread For me Margaret s writing exemplifies the spirit of humility and the spirit of showing inherent in this uoteMore specifics about the book itselfWhile I both enjoyed and was moved by Wonderstruck I might have had my expectations a little out of place regarding how awed I would feel in the reading of it Other than the initial chapters rather than leaving me feeling awed it left me ready to be awed Which is truly fantastic but not what I was expecting I think reading the book slowly and with a group might have changed this experience a littleThat being said there is a special section provided expressly for this purpose The first chapter of the *Bonus Tracks Thirty Days of Wonder A Challenge to Experience God More gives small do *Tracks Thirty Days of Wonder A Challenge to Experience God More gives small do exercises that provide us a way to act toward the thing we wish to be awake to God s wonderIf you enjoy reflective writing and going along on the author s journey this book is for you The language is lovely and you ll find yourself gasping and laughing aloud I suspect this book would be best read with others who sincerely want of God s wonder in their lives Discussion and practicing would be most accessible in that contextIf on the other hand you prefer theological treatise to the contemplative style this may not be the book for you A thoroughly enjoyable read I will soon re read with a group 45 starsWho doesn t need to be alive to the nearness of Go. Erhero of any era supermom superdad super grand super great grand or don't feel particularly super at allNo matter who you are or where you've been if you've lived a life where you've seen it all done it all or feel like you're past it all God still longs to take your breath awayIsaiah 294 records God's desire for you Therefore once I will astound these people with wonder upon wonderDo you see itGod is busting at the seams to display His glory power and might in your life And He wants to give you the greatest gift of all HimselfYet why do we pass by the wonder of God unaware. This book spoke to me on many levels The chapter on prayer was especially meaningful and I am going to try her three word prayers this Lenten season I am hoping to get some members of my Bible study to join me in this form of giving up prayer for Lent Too many of us play and pray it safe We allow our aspirations to stay in our heads our goals to remain barely outside our grasp Life becomes a series of unrealized hopes and dreams Rather than engage in the fullness of life we remain on the sidelines and pass up on uncounted opportunities Our fears become greater than the hope of the One who came to bring us abundant Life This sums up the book perfectly Five stars A new look at Christian joy from an uniue Jewish viewpoint I feel a certain affinity for Feinberg as an author because she is one of the few Christian authors out there who is successfully writing nonfiction and I mean literary nonfiction in America right now No doubt I am also emotionally attached because she spoke at my alma mater several times I think and at my parents church in Colorado and both times she broke the formula that so often turns me off of religious assemblies Years ago my parents sent me a copy of Scouting the Divine a book which features wine and walking and sheep all of which I am fond of When I heard Feinberg was coming out with another book a fact which was hard to miss since my Twitter Pinterest and other feeds were completely swamped with promotional articles reviews uotes mentions and so on I felt compelled to pick up a copy I was even interested after a gchat conversation with a friend of mine abroad a friend who happens to struggle with cultural Christianity as much or than I do When I mentioned the book she wrote back
WITH A UOTE FROM A BOOK a uote from a book Wonderstruck is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers climb out of bed and drink in the fullness of life citing such upbeat language as a guaranteed turn off I was and remain curious as to why it is so unusual perhaps even unacceptable to be honest about suffering in the Church I m talking about style and voice as much as content I have now read Wonderstruck I even bought a copy because I have developed a bad habit of writing in the margins of books And yes I can confirm that Feinberg falls into many of the same ruts though I wince at the word that I find a lot of inspirational speakers do and many if not most Christian nonfiction writers do This book describes a moment of Feinberg s life that was unmitigatedly painful So far so good But it ends with a thirty day challenge and each challenge is spelled out for the reader on how to re ignite one s ability to experience wonder and joy in life You can imagine that this is exactly the sort of thing that some people want out of their books Aha At last A foolproof way to be happy And I applaud those people on finding their perfect match or Let's be honest it's far too easy to go through day to day life without a sense of the mystery the marvel or the awe of God's presence Have you ever felt your relationship with God isn't as vibrant as you want it to be Have you ever felt like God seemed far away even in the midst of devotions prayer and churchWe Were Created for WonderYou were created and designed to experience wonder Woven into the fabric of our humanity is an innate ability and desire for the wonder of God It's felt in the moments when you watch the sun melt behind the horizon when you reach out to cradle.
Margaret Feinberg ¹ 9 readHat seems like a perfect match until reality hits home Darnit Life doesn t fit into a formula I can t be happy all the time and that s okay Here is the real sad fact as far as I m concerned Wonderstruck is a how to book with memoiristic overtones It is not literary nonfiction I recognize and honor the painful nature of the events Feinberg shares in Wonderstruck I do not in any way wish to discount the validity of her suffering In many ways this book is the flipside of a coin or another facet of the prism that has inspired books like Terry Tempest Williams Refuge The products are completely different and like Terry Tempest Williams Refuge The products are completely different and just so happens I m drawn towards the reflective and less towards the didactic Which book would I pick to give to a friend facing cancer If I didn t feel like the offering would be offensive ie You obviously need help There were a few good insights but some of the stories were just too drawn out Still a good alternative to a traditional devotional Love Margaret s heart for God Identified with the notion that we as Christians are often slumbering in the presence of the Divine In other words lazy It was an easy read and fun to learn about Margaret after she had recently spoken at our church s women s conference Loved the story about her grandfather a Bible believing man who led people to Christ over gaming tables in Vegas I love the word Wonderstruck and I love the idea of living wonderstruck to the workings of God In fact I made it my word for the year This book was nice and it had some nice ideas and suggestions to it In fact that is the word that describes how it was for me Nice I always appreciate someone who is
willing to open their life to me especially in writing But nothing rang the bellto open their life to me especially in writing But nothing rang the bell awakening in me or left me wonderstruck What a different life we could all lead if we just stop and wonder at the beauty in both the everyday and spectacular things that surround us in any moment Having survived a horrific automobile accident 9 years ago I had Margaret Feinberg is a phenomenal writer and I ve loved each of her books that I ve read Her writings draw me closer to nowing God in a intimate way Wonderstruck does just that My senses are heightened to recognizing God s glory and soaking in moments that in the past I would have pushed aside I highly recommend Our bookclub enjoyed this book that led to discussion about the Wonder of God I especially enjoyed hearing each members take on the various chapters and where each of us find that wonder I think we assume and forget how individual each of us really are There is a 30 day reflection portion of the book I am still working on that part it can be overwhelming to accomplish each activityresponse daily The author created playlists to go with each chapter which I realize is ind of the hip thing to do Her tastes are very eclectic ranging from Sarah McLaughlin Sting One Repub. A baby and smell the sweet scent of new life when you can't help but smile as you witness two wrinkled souls renew their vows to each other Such moments remind us we were made for something than deadlines and debt carpools and coffee breaks Yet despite such wondrous moments we can still find ourselves going through the motions of faithWhether you'reA long time follower of Jesus or still figuring Him outUnemployed overly employed or an entrepreneurA creator innovator or conformistGrumpy ebullient grey haired or bed headAn average Joe or have a gym membership but never goA sup.