“Eyes of Acceptance” (Audio Excerpt)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.

Aside from the food, I love the idea of counting blessings explicitly–with other
people, no less, over a feast! What could be better than that?

To celebrate and spread the blessing, I thought I’d record one of my favorite stories
from Abundant Gifts.

Click here to listen to the “Audio Note” I created for you.

I hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and if you want to make things easier for yourself on “black Friday,” why not order copies of Abundant Gifts? Just a few clicks and you’re done.

I will even personalize, sign it, and wrap it! AND you’ll get a free bonus book along with it.икони

Dinesh D’Souza Virtual Book Tour Replay Ready

If you missed last night’s Virtual Book Tour with New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza on his book, What’s So Great about Christianity, you can listen to the replay at your convenience.

These are just some of the questions (gleaning the most-asked questions from the nearly 700 submitted by believers, atheists, and agnostics) that Dinesh answered:

  • “Why is Christianity under such attack nowadays?”
  • “Believing in God/Christianity requires a disconnect from science and reality. Science has all but proven that all of the theistic accounts for creation are in error. What is the best scientific proof for God?”
  • “How is Christianity compatible with Western thought and Democracy, and how compatible is it with socialism?”
  • “Though it’s true that Christianity has inspired great movements in the arts, writing and architecture fields, it has also inspired a lot of scorn the world over, in the shape of the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, the various wars in Ireland, The Balkans, Europe and the Middle East. So I ask you, how can you still endorse a faith that has inspired so much hatred, bigotry and murder in the history of humanity?”
  • “Just what is it that seems to draw people toward unbelief, or away from belief?”
  • “How do you account for evil in this world if God is good and all powerful?”

Dinesh, who regularly debates atheists such as Christopher Hitchens and (on December 3) Peter Singer from Princeton U, is not afraid to tackle the tough questions. Listen to the replay of our interview … and feel free to comment on this blog.

Invitation: Virtual Book Tour with Dinesh D’Souza on “What’s So Great about Christianity”

dinesh-cover500.jpgOn Tuesday, November 18, I will be conducting a Virtual Book Tour with New York Times best-selling author, Dinesh D’Souza,  about his book, What’s So Great about Christianity, which just came out in paperback after being on the best-seller lists for months.You’re invited, of course!

The way these “Virtual Book Tours” work is you an ask the author a question ahead of time on a special web page. Doing so also signs you up and you’ll receive all the call-on details–as well as the free first chapter of the book, so you can get started reading it right away.

You’ll be able to listen to the live call via phone or your computer (no long-distance charges with the latter).

And if you can’t make the live call on Tuesday evening, if you sign up you’ll get the link for the recording, so you can listen at your convenience.

Ask a question and sign up here.

(If you can’t think of a question, that’s okay–just say “no question.” Signing up assures you of getting the information and link to the replay.)

Call in early–the lines will be packed!

Abundant Gift of Encouragement from an Unexpected Source

Today was a particularly stressful day.

I won’t go into details, but I’ll just give you a slice: At one point, I had a sobbing daughter on one line, my husband on the other, and then my cell phone rang–someone calling from the UK, a potential client. (I have no idea how he got my cell phone number!)

In the ensuing hours, there were tears, prayers for wisdom, an idea as a result, actions taken, my Bible study leader called to ask for more prayer for the family situation. (I still haven’t gotten back to the potential client. First things first.)

Then, I got on Twitter and read this from someone I was following (thank you Ray Edwards!): “If you knew the person whose love and respect you treasure most was watching every moment of your life today … would anything change?”

The first person I thought of was Jesus. And as I thought through the past few hours of tears and prayers and agonizing, I realized my answer was, “no.”

There was nothing I would change. Nothing I was ashamed of.

The difficulties of the day were unavoidable, and I could already glimpse possible good coming from heartache.

But the real gift was the question. God’s encouragement, totally unexpected. God saying, “Yes, it was difficult, but I helped you handle things well, didn’t I? You asked for wisdom, I gave it, didn’t I? And look at the supportive friends who prayed for you, encouraged you, gave you added perspective (though painful at times). Look at how your daughter is growing through this. Rest in me now. All will be well.”

Yes, all will be well. Because God’s life-giving light is shining in all our darkness, bringing healing and hope.

[Abundant Gifts excerpt] The Eyes of Acceptance

I thought you’d enjoy a story from Abundant Gifts that, if you had the book, you’d be reading this week. This is an everyday gift and also speaks of gifts to others.

Then [Jesus] said to them, Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all–he is the greatest.Luke 9:48, NIV

Ernest Boyer Jr., in Finding God at Home (Harper & Row, 1994), tells how as a young boy he would tug on his great-grandfathers jacket to get his attention when the man was talking to someone. His great-grandfather would finish his sentence, stoop down to Ernest’s level, look at him, and wait patiently. “As he waited, he looked at me with eyes that told me I need not hurry, that there was time, eyes that said that I need not fear what he would think of what I might say, anything would be fine, eyes that seemed to see the person I most truly was and accept that person. His was caring of the deepest sort.”

Such a simple thing–to listen to a child. Yet this deceptively simple act of a great-grandfather influenced Continue reading “[Abundant Gifts excerpt] The Eyes of Acceptance”

Behind the Political Scenes–Spiritual Battles and God’s Agenda

Someone sent me a link to a YouTube video that purportedly rips open the curtain to reveal what’s really going on behind the scenes politically.

However, the REAL picture behind the scenes is revealed in some verses I just append” to read in today’s Scripture selections in The Two-Year Bible (which I LOVE but is unfortunately out of print).

This was today’s passage from the book of Daniel. Daniel saw in a vision a man, who is probably Jesus (the description parallels that of Jesus in the book of Revelation). This man comes to Daniel after he had been praying in great anguish over the devastation of Jerusalem, which was a result of God’s judgment on his people for abandoning him for other gods.

Then he [the man in the vision] said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, коли под наем