Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Review: Ramblings from the Shower by Faye Bryant

Raise your hand if you know I am a reviewer for Christian Women Affiliates.  I see you out there, thank you for participating.  Now raise your hand if you get some of your greatest thoughts or most heart felt prayers in the shower.  *hand straight up*  I know I am not the only one.  Neither is Faye Bryant.  Who is Faye Bryant?  None other than the genius behind Ramblings from the Shower.

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This book was born in her bath.  Yes, through the times that she spends talking to God - she admits she talks to God all the time, but it mostly started in the shower.  We all do it.  I know when I am "caught" talking to God - I am usually hearing Little Miss "Mama, who are you talking to?"

There are some books where you must read cover to cover to follow the flow of the book.  If you choose to read chapter 15 before you read chapter 3 you would be really lost.  I love that you don't have to go front to back with this book.  You can and by all means you do want to read all chapters, but you don't have to.

By the time I hit page 37 of this book God had told me I was definitely in the right place.  Page 37 is smack dab in the middle of the chapter "Lessons from a Little Dog ...excitement and surrender."  Faye tells this story of Casey and how excited Casey gets when her husband gets home.  Whimpering excitedly, quivering with anticipation and waiting to spend time with her husband.

She asks us to imagine, what would happen if we did that for our Master, the Creator of the Universe?  What would our "quiet time" look like?  It's time to be more excited about God and all the great things He has in-store for us and our lives.

A few chapters later she brings up the topic of worship and the question is there a right way and a wrong way to worship.  This is a frequent topic of conversation here lately.  I have admitted to Hubs that when I go to church by myself (we need to sometimes because of issues with the kids) I will raise my hands during worship.  He gave me this wide eye crazy look.  I then said, "See I know it would make you uncomfortable so that is why I only do it when I am there by myself" (or in the car singing - only one hand, or walking the track at the gym ... haha I wonder what people think of me then!)

Just last week we actually sat on the floor and not in the balcony.  Afterward he said to me, "Next week if we get there early enough I would like to sit closer.  I had a much more intimate connection with the music this week sitting down here.  It's what I am used to as a musician. - and you can even do your whole ... thing I won't mind."

The point I am trying to make is that I could have read these chapters in reverse order and it not effect the flow of the book.  I love that about this book.  When I am needing something I can turn to that chapter and fill up.  

I like that Faye gives you scripture, but doesn't fill up the book with quoted scripture.  She will put things like Romans 3:23 says we have all sinned.  That is not the whole verse, but you get the point of the verse.  If you want the whole verse you can go look it up if you want.  She does this all over the place and I really like it.  I am able to get the scriptural reference and go study it later.  There are other times she gives the whole passage, but it is necessary for her point and there is a great balance between the two.

There are few books that grace my nightstand as go to books.  This one is being added to that short stack.

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I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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