Karen Kingsbury – My Favorite Author

Sunday November 28 2010 11:09 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , ,

I love to read.

One of my favorite authors has become a friend. Karen Kingsbury spoke at our church’s women’s quarterly breakfast six years ago. She related the story of how her writing career blossomed and how God moved in her life to make it happen.

I immediately connected with Karen as a wife, a daughter, a sister and a writer. Most of all I related to her as a fellow daughter of the Most High God!

At that time I only had a dream of ever being published. Karen gave me hope that day. I bought a couple books at the breakfast and immediately became a fan.

In these six years I’ve also read every book Karen has written – some of them twice! I’ve fallen in love with the characters in her books — the Baxter family — through the Redemption, First Born, Sunrise, and Above the Line series of books. Now I can’t wait for the Bailey Flanigan series.

Over the years Karen has blessed me and my family in many ways. She’s always encouraging me about my writing. Now, seven years later I can say that God answered my prayer for publishing a book. My Caregivers’ Devotions to Go book was the first in what will hopefully be many books.

Steve, me and Karen Kingsbury at the Write for the Soul Conference

The most recent Karen Kingsbury book I read is titled Unlocked. Karen does an amazing job covering the life of Holden Harris, a young teenager with Autism. She also touches on the subject that is hitting the media often these days — bullying.

I found myself crying several times while reading this book because I understand the world of living with a disability through my son Gabe. Although Gabe was fortunate to not be constantly bullied, I do understand  that bullying happens every day in schools and has been an issue for a long time.

If you’re looking for something to put on your Christmas wish list, I hope it will be this book. I know you too will fall in love with Karen’s writing and the way she handles real life issues with truth and grace.

So let me introduce you to Karen through her latest book: Unlocked. Can I challenge you to purchase an extra copy for the school library of a junior high or high school near you? Amazon has the book on sale right now for just that purpose! Just click on the link and order a few copies. I’d love to hear what you think about the book. Come back and comment on my blog. Your comment will earn you a chance to win a copy of one of Karen’s other books.

God Bless your heart, my blog readers. Happy reading!

Gigi Murfitt

 

Book Review – Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury

Sunday November 28 2010 8:02 pm | Comments (0)

I love to read.

One of my favorite authors has become a friend. Karen Kingsbury spoke at our church’s women’s quarterly breakfast six years ago. She related the story of how her writing career blossomed and how God moved in her life to make it happen.

I immediately connected with Karen as a wife, a daughter, a sister and a writer. Most of all I related to her as a fellow daughter of the Most High God!

At that time I only had a dream of ever being published. Karen gave me hope that day. I bought a couple books at the breakfast and immediately became a fan.

In these six years I’ve also read every book Karen has written – some of them twice! I’ve fallen in love with the characters in her books — the Baxter family — through the Redemption, First Born, Sunrise, and Above the Line series of books. Now I can’t wait for the Bailey Flanigan series.

Over the years Karen has blessed me and my family in many ways. She’s always encouraging me about my writing. Now, seven years later I can say that God answered my prayer for publishing a book. My Caregivers’ Devotions to Go book was the first in what will hopefully be many books.

Steve, me and Karen Kingsbury at the Write for the Soul Conference

The most recent Karen Kingsbury book I read is titled Unlocked. Karen does an amazing job covering the life of Holden Harris, a young teenager with Autism. She also touches on the subject that is hitting the media often these days — bullying.

I found myself crying several times while reading this book because I understand the world of living with a disability through my son Gabe. Although Gabe was fortunate to not be constantly bullied, I do understand  that bullying happens every day in schools and has been an issue for a long time.

If you’re looking for something to put on your Christmas wish list, I hope it will be this book. I know you too will fall in love with Karen’s writing and the way she handles real life issues with truth and grace.

So let me introduce you to Karen through her latest book: Unlocked. Can I challenge you to purchase an extra copy for the school library of a junior high or high school near you?
Amazon has the book on sale right now for just that purpose! Just click on the link and order a few copies. I’d love to hear what you think about the book. Come back and comment on my blog. Your comment will earn you a chance to win a copy of one of Karen’s other books.

Thanks Dad

Saturday November 27 2010 9:33 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , , ,

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:17-19


I woke up today thinking about my dad. So I thought I’d deviate from my God Calling journal and write my blog in tribute to him.

 

Today, November 27, 2010 marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the day my dad, Robert Edward Devine, went home to be with Jesus after battling cancer three different times.

He was only forty-eight years old and left my mom with ten children he adored.

Although I grew up without a dad, I knew the Father’s love because of the love and faith my dad instilled in me. Even at age seven I understood his unconditional love for his children.

This legacy of faith and love lives on to eternity in the lives of me and my children and hopefully my future grandchildren.

God took care of our family with the love of friends and family who stepped in when we needed it. Growing up in a community like Anaconda, MT helped us feel the love of God through the people of God.

One of my favorite bands is Mercy Me. The lead singer, Bart, wrote a song after his dad died titled “Finally Home. This song says exactly what I’d like to say about my dad.

So I share the words to the song along with this YouTube video with you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng3hXrhaGRU&feature=related

Finally Home by Mercy Me – Buy it today

http://www.itunes.com/

I’m gonna wrap my arms around my daddy’s neck and tell him that I missed him.

And tell him all about the woman that I became and hope that it pleased him.

So much I want to say and so much I wanted you to know.

When I finally make it home.

When I gaze upon the thrown of the King frozen in my steps

And all the questions that I swore I would ask, words just won’t come yet.

So amazed at what I’ve seen, so much more than this old mind can hold.

When I finally make it home.

And the sweetest sound these ears have yet to hear is the voices of the angels.

When I finally make it home.

Dad. When I finally make it home. I’ll be glad to see you.

I love you and miss you,

Your eighth child…
Gigi

Only Love Lasts

Monday November 22 2010 9:39 pm | Comments (0) Tags: , ,

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

So many times in Scripture the answer is LOVE. Because true LOVE from God’s heart lasts.

God is LOVE and only His work remains.

All fame fades eventually. All talk fades away.

The work that is not done with LOVE passes by without a thought.

But God-quality LOVE lasts.

Jesus is—TRUE LOVE

They will know WHO I love by HOW I love.

Unfortunately we don’t always get this right. Even in the church.

Some of the work we do isn’t even on God’s agenda. We do it to check it off our do-gooder list. But do we do it in TRUE LOVE?

How about a smile in a time of need? God’s LOVE.

How about a kind word to a hurting heart? God’s LOVE.

How about a helping hand to a neighbor in need? God’s LOVE.

How about acknowledging someone’s worth? God’s LOVE.

All acts of LOVE inspired by God’s LOVE are recognized as a welcome mats into eternity.

As we move through the furry and frenzy of this holiday season, I pray there is one goal in mnd.

To LOVE.

Is your welcome mat out?

God Bless your heart with the LOVE of God flowing through you to others.

Gigi

The idea for this blog post came from the Nov 22 devotional in the God Calling book by AJ Russell.