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DEFINING LIFE BY YOUR DREAMS NOT DIFFICULTIES

A highly personal and ultimately uplifting faith manual.

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 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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TO THE ONE I LOVE THE BEST

EPISODES FROM THE LIFE OF LADY MENDL (ELSIE DE WOLFE)

An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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