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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Living Wonderstruck


There have been a few times in my life where I have found an author who pushes me to dig deep; past the mundane to the parts that seemingly are being suffocated by life.  It should be noted that I am not an avid reader, writer or a runner yet I crave to excel in each of those areas. So when I first discovered Margaret Feinberg’s book Scared Echo I was blown away by her perspective and ability to tap into my heart strings and reconnecting me with my Savior.  

Her new book is no different.  I have had the opportunity to have a sneak peek into her new book Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God and she has done it once again!  You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff.  I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.57 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble [http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wonder-struck-margaret-feinberg/1110904808?ean=9781617950889] for all you savvy shoppers. One of the greatest things about my friend, Margaret Feinberg [www.margaretfeinberg.com], is not only does she write a book, but she offers to take you deeper through a 7-session DVD Bible study.  Both are releasing Christmas Day. To learn more, watch the Wonderstruck Video: https://vimeo.com/53953257.

As I mentioned, I recently received the insider’s scoop about Margaret’s new book. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruck book and Bible study come from?

Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it can’t get worse, it somehow finds a way? Most people who have worked in ministry have experienced those seasons—some may be in one right now.

My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, “God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as I’ve never known you before and see you in places I’ve never recognized you before.”

God did not disappoint.

What do you mean by “the wonder of God”?

Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. It’s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: “being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe” and “to think or speculate curiously.”

Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. That’s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more.

In other words, the wonder of God isn’t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of God—to go deeper and further than we’ve ever been before.

Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?

If you look in the Gospels, what you’ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like “awe” and “wonder” and “marvel” at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and I—who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High?  We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at wonderstruck@margaretfeinberg.com and we’ll send you one.

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5 comments:

  1. Will definitely be putting this book on my Wish List...or maybe my Christmas Gift, coupled with the already-drinking Gloria Jean's Holiday Cheer coffee, of course? :-o

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    1. Cyndi, always on the lookout for new coffee to try--would you recommend??

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    2. Oh, sister....maybe I will add it to your Christmas package :)

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  2. keep writing and running! You can do it--we believe in you! Thank you so much for posting this! So grateful for you--huge hug to you this holiday season

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