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A Million Little Ways (A Book Review)

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So, I love to read and am total book junkie but I have a tendency to let this get out of hand as I accumulate books on my “to be read list” faster than I can get through them. And I end up with a huge stack and then I panic a little because I know I need to read faster so I can get through more books so I can add more to my list and so on.

OK so yes I have reading issues. But this post isn’t about me; it’s about this most amazing book that I just finished reading and that I know you will love.

Before going to Allume I already had a huge pile of books I wanted to read and then add the like 20 books I got at the conference and it’s been madness as I have been trying to read like 3 or 4 books at a time.

But Emily Freeman’s book A Million Little Ways was one that had signed up to review a while back because I knew I would love it and I absolutely do. Now I haven’t read her first two books Grace for the Good Girl or Graceful but I do read her blog. And she has a beautiful voice. And once I read about her newest book I was drawn to it and knew it was something that I needed to read.

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In A Million Little Ways, Emily writes about uncovering the art you were made to live. And I don’t know about you but I so don’t consider myself to be artsy or any kind of artist but she goes further than that and writes about how we are not just artists but we are ART.

What? But I’m so boring, how is that possible?

In 12 beautifully written chapters Emily walks you through uncovering who you truly are as a masterpiece; as God’s original poem. And I love this so much because being as how I’m not super artsy I don’t always get poetry. You know what I mean? Some poems rhyme, some don’t, there is haiku and spoken word; poetry can be strange and beautiful. And the idea that I in my own unique quirkiness could be a poem is both shocking and brilliant at the same time.

It’s so easy to forget though. In the busyness of life and family and work, we don’t much feel like masterpieces. But in reality it’s those million little things we do where we are able to let Christ shine through us.

Seriously, I highlighted so many quotes in the book; it’s just that good. One of my favorites though is this:

We are colanders filled with glory-water. Our best efforts are spent trying to cover the seeping holes with not enough fingers. God’s glory demands display.

I love that visual so much. That our simple everyday acts of living and loving could reflect His glory.

God is in us; He created us perfectly according to His plan even when we feel so imperfect. And so our deepest longings and desires come from Him, yet we often brush them off, looking to other “important” things that we should be doing with our time and energy. When all those little things are exactly what make us us.

We may not always feel like it but you: wife, mom, singer, artist, office worker, teacher, friend. You and me, we are all art.

Now go read this book because it’s just that good.

 A Million Little Ways is available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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