Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are You Overrated? ~ The Giveaway


 
This is a tender subject.  Very. 
 
But Eugene Cho goes there.
 
Of course, we're all about doing good.  Just the sound of that power-laden word justice makes something deep in us rise up and want to do battle. 
 
That tenderhearted compassion for those who barely exist in the yawning abyss of extreme poverty. Our passionate longing for all wrongs to be made right for survivors who've been tragically, brutally victimized.  Marginalized.  Ostracized.  We stretch out willing hands to those who cry out for mercy and relief. 
 
We may jet to far off steamy, humid locales with a like-minded team, or tirelessly serve at local homeless shelters and soup kitchens where every pair of willing hands is needed on deck.  And then we plug in and share our mind-numbing experiences and heart-tugging photos on every bit of social media that we can get our hands on. 
 
We care.  Big time.  
 
But in the midst of our fervent championing, how do we ourselves live out humility and soul-deep change in the core of our beings?
 
Eugene is figuring out this journey.  And he's found out that it's messy and painful and not at all easy to authentically live what we say we believe.
 
I've got one copy of his new book OVERRATED to give to one reader who leaves a comment on this post  by Wednesday, September 24th at 10 am {eastern, US & Canada only, please.}
 

Are you ready to go there?  Am I?
 
 
"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


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30 comments:

  1. Book sounds interesting Linda. Pick me! Pick me! I think it would be interesting to investigate this.

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  2. Got it. Your name's in the hat, Bill.

    First come, first served? I guess we'll have to wait and see!

    Blessings to you today as you serve, as you write ...

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  3. Whenver I desire to change the world, God changes my heart in the process.

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    1. How He must long for us to be in that place of yieldedness! {Blogger is telling me that that's not a word, but it is now!}

      Praying, Debby ...

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  4. Enter me in contest. Would love to get the bk

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    1. YAY! You did it! Figuring out how to leave a comment the first time isn't always easy Thanks for asking me to help you ... that's why I'm here!

      ;-}

      Blessings ...

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    2. I have learned and am still in the process of learning to hold everything God has given me with a "loose hand". When you want to change something, you have to be willing to allow God to use you any way He wants to. Changing the world or people's opinions means that God might ask you to do things that don't fit into your timeline or what how you had planned your life to be. He gave us everything and He can ask anything of us - so hold loosely your possessions, plans and time. He might just have other ideas of what He wants from you.

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    3. I like what you said about learning to hold everything with a loose hand, Marilyn. It sure is a process ... and often a painful one as He has to pry our tightly clutching fingers off whatever we've got in our desperate death grip.

      It hurts.

      We learn. And sometimes the hard way.

      Grace, grace ... His. And ours to ourselves.

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    4. Linda, the book sounds fascinating. I enjoy books that makes me think deeper or challenges me to grow. And Marilyn, I love the way you said to hold everything God has given us with a "loose hand." Sometimes I feel His guidance, yet if it doesn't fit my timeline/my plan, I resist (mostly out of fear). I will have to remember this :) Have a lovely weekend, ladies!

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    5. Oh that ol' fear thing is such a harsh taskmaster, isn't it? I love that you've been able to name that, Yuko. What a huge first step in looking at it in the eye and saying, 'NO WAY!'

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  5. wow. Profound and so true. We want to help, until we realize it means changing our lives. When we have to sacrifice or feel pain, we want to bail.
    May God raise us up as changers!

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    1. Bail. That just might be more true than we'd like to admit. When the going gets tough, when the commitment begins to wear us down, how do we respond? And why?

      I hear you, Sarah ...

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  6. Inside change is sometimes done by God without really knowing how he did it. Inside change is sometimes crying through the pain. Inside change is sometimes agonizing long but so far, I have not regretted one change.

    I loved Cho's comment on being an overrated society with all our positive thinking media but yet we are the most depressed people ever.

    Put my name in the hat, friend

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    1. Your heart-thoughts on inside change are worth pondering, my friend.

      You are a deep well. And I am grateful you've joined us for this conversation.

      ;-}

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  7. The comments from the OVERRATED author certainly resonate with me. As I often share about the mission of Love INC...."Transform lives".....by being involved in ministry, I am being transformed as much or more than anyone I serve. Usually though, those steps of transformation come when I allow myself to be open....or uncomfortable....or challenged....or brought low....when His love flows through me without me getting in the way!

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks.

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    1. I receive your thoughts gratefully, Jewel, 'cause you're in the front lines, and have been for years. That you have spoken of transformation through being uncomfortable, challenged, and especially brought low ... well, that is simply profound and absolutely spot on.

      Thanks for taking the time to share in this space, my friend. You are wise and I am blessed to have you in my life.

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  8. This book segways beautifully with the message series that we just started at church. We are looking at "what's next?" and it follows a four step journey that Christians can take to seek, receive, follow, and then produce. The hitch is that many don't make it past following because of the commitment and open heart needed to accept the Holy Spirit to lead our lives. Your review of "Overrated" sounds like our desire to check another thing off the list so we look good for all those around us-a mission trip to say we did it rather than to honor God's call of deepening our relationship with Him and increasing our ability to share Him with all. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. I hear you, Mary. It's all about the relationship with Christ and the work of the Spirit in our lives ... vibrant, alive, growing. Anything of value that we might do or be must spring from that deep and sacred place.

      I love that the sermon series and the book have crossed paths for you. Blessings as you worship Him today.

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  9. Sounds like an interesting book. When I asked God a while back to change one part of my life, His response was 'not just this one area, but all of it'.

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    1. Ain't that the truth. He doesn't want the bits and pieces that we don't quite know what to do with. We are His. And that calls for total surrender.

      Thanks for joining the conversation, Kathryn. I am glad you're here ...

      Sabbath blessings to you, to yours.

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    1. Your name's in the hat, Lyli!

      It's so cool to see you again ...

      ;-}

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  11. I've learned when He sends us on a mission there's always a message and it's usually for us. not that he isn't isn't doing a work in the lives He's sent us to minister to but there's always a personal lesson. We'd be wise to remember that. Thanks for sharing this with the #GiveMeGrace community.

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    1. For sure, Lisha. He's always inviting us to something deeper and more substantial.

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  12. You got me thinking and that is why I love to be here at your blog. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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    1. Your kind words touched my heart, Tanya. I am grateful that you're here ... and that what you find in this place is giving you cause for pause.

      Praise God!

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  13. This sounds like a most interesting book sure to bring about change. Perhaps the change starts within us. Thanks for the opportunity to hear about this book.

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    1. Isn't that the most authentic kind of impact ... when we are actually living out the change, the ministry, the grace that we offer others so enthusiastically.

      Thanks for coming by early early this morning, Joanne!

      ;-}

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  14. This sounds like a wonderful book!! Looks like I entered just in time! =) Thanks so much!!

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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