A highly personal and ultimately uplifting faith manual.

DEFINING LIFE BY YOUR DREAMS NOT DIFFICULTIES

A short and intensely autobiographical debut guide combines inspirational talks and a faith memoir.

George Gilmour and Becky Gilmour weight their concise account of their faith journey with ample stories from their own lives, starting with the sudden death of their little daughter, Stephanie, in an accident. That tragedy prompted painful days and, eventually, a hard-won kind of acceptance: “We areprotected and shielded from the effects of the storm, just not from all of it. The rain falls on the good and the bad, and the drought comes to the righteous and unrighteous.” The authors’ narrative alternates in just this way between personal accounts and broader spiritual teaching moments; they'll tell a tale about their daily lives and then shift to traditional inspirational passages. “We must stop focusing on and rehearsing our problems,” they write. “Instead, we must focus on the promises of God, and on pursuing our dreams and keeping a positive attitude.” As a couple, they have many times put their whole trust in God’s plan for their lives, as when they decided to pack up their belongings and move from Southern California to Austin, Texas, or in how they respond to health and financial setbacks. They finish each of their book’s brief chapters with a “Think About It” section of useful discussion questions designed to bring readers into the process of examining their own faith and the way it’s been tested or confirmed by the events of their lives. The highlight of the guide is the clean, bright optimism of the authors, who regularly remind their Christian readers about the all-embracing nature of their religion. “Whatever you are going through, you may be assured that God is there, and He has not forsaken you,” they write. “God is both God of the mountains and God of the valleys. He is God when the bank account is full and God when it is empty. He is God when we are healthy, and He is God when we are ill.” It’s a lucid and heartfelt message that their Christian readers should appreciate.

A highly personal and ultimately uplifting faith manual.

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5127-0787-8

Page Count: 130

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: April 10, 2018

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NUTCRACKER

This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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