Simply Divine Mercy

Month: July, 2017

Born to Soar: Unleashing God’s Word in Your Life

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*This book, like many on this site, was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

This book took me by surprise.  I was expecting something soft and comfortable, but this book is all about growth and stretching into your wings.

We’ve all heard analogies about how we should “soar” in our Faith or “fly to the Heavens.”  Usually such analogies are very bird-related and concern species like eagles and doves.  It was very interesting to read through this guided journal book that is patterned around the life cycle and habits of the beautiful, intricate, delicate, fragile monarch butterfly, with whom we have more in common than you might think.

Author Melissa Overymyer does a beautiful job in this book of turning hearts towards Heaven.  This would make a great gift for anyone who is just embarking on their Faith journey and looking for next steps.  Or it would be a great book for those wishing to integrate journaling into their prayer life, and for anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with Christ.  Those grieving a loss or going through a life change will find comfort in this simple, yet beautiful and rich six week process.

I think this would be best as a book for women, mostly because the cover is full of bright flowers and butterflies, but there is much for everyone to consider in these pages.

The book will guide you through beautiful, fruitful meditations, prayers, rich poetry, and many strong Scripture verses.  There is ample space provided for recording your own thoughts and reflections to each brief writing prompt given.

The book is broken into six sessions, full of information and discussion questions to ponder throughout a full six weeks.  There is also an accompanying online course for this book from the author that you can register for at franciscanmedia.org/soar.

Get ready to take your prayer life to a new “cocoon” level of comfort, as you soar to peaceful prayer time with this book and guided journal.

Born to Soar: Unleashing God’s Word in Your Life is available from Franciscan Media and Amazon.

P.S.  God is merciful & He loves you!  Pass it on…

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Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

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*This book, like many on this site, was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Here is a collection of some of the most profound and beautiful words from Pope Francis speaking about our Mother Mary.  If you love listening to Pope Francis speak, you will love this book.

Whether you’ve devoted to Mary, or just starting to learn more about her, there’s something in this book to challenge you and to help you grow in your faith.

Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis makes for a quick read because the excerpts are fairly short in length, and they can be read altogether one after the other.  Or you could choose to read it like a devotional.  Opening this book at random is a beautiful thing to do, too.

Excerpts are taken from homilies, writings, papal addresses, and even social media accounts of Pope Francis.  They are full of prayers, messages of hope, notes of spiritual direction, and reflections.  Embedded in all of this is a golden thread that runs throughout the book, that is call to action for the Faithful, that we might pray with renewed fervor and zeal to our God, and that we might place ourselves more fully under the spiritual guidance and protection of the loving Mother Jesus gave to all of us on the Cross.

I don’t usually scribble in the margins of books, but my copy of this book is covered in additional thoughts, little arrows and underlined sections, and ideas about where these excerpts can be used or referred to in my own personal life and ministry work.  In short, this book has proved to be a very useful companion for my own life, and it is one I will keep handy on my bookshelf so that I can turn back to it as needed.

I’m grateful to the editor Alicia von Stamwitz for compiling these thought-provoking quotes from our Pope into six small, concise, easily accessible chapters you’ll be turning to again and again.

Purchase Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis from Franciscan Media or Amazon.

P.S. God is merciful & He loves you!  Pass it on…