Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Red Sea Rules - Thoughts from a non-reader

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Thoughts from my friend Jenelle on the book Red Sea Rules:

I was given this book to read to see what I thought about it.  I am not usually one to read a lot of books and the books I do read take me about a year to complete.  I really am more of a movie person.  But this book was inconceivable.  I had a difficult time pulling myself away from the astounding points that it has to offer. And the quotes that were referenced throughout the book were mind blowing yet so simple.  It's kind of like one of those things that seems so obvious yet our human mind never seems to recognize the facts when they are right in front of us.  Sometimes when we are too close to something it can be impossible to see clearly and we therefore find ourselves facing difficult challenges and are unable to see a way out or even a clear path to indicate which direction to even look to.  

John R. Rice quotes in the book, "Worry is putting question marks where God has put periods."  Just that one statement alone helped me to stop what I was thinking about and realize that God has brought me to where I am now and as the first "rule" states, "Realize that God means for you to be where you are." How splendid! It may not be the most remarkable time of our lives but the satisfaction of knowing that God is not only with us but He brought us here, is definitely something to celebrate!  I took the initiative to post a few of the quotes along with their various authors on my facebook page and below are some of the responses I got:

     "I love this!"

     "Amen"

    "These quotes are awesome!"

     "So very true!!!"

As I was reading this book, I was facing a not quite difficult time, but definitely stressful.  University registration.  And since I'm first year, I get almost last choice as to which courses I would like to take.  I felt God calling me to school a few months back and as hesitant as I was, I decided to proceed as I prayed for open doors.  Every step I took, a new door was opened. As my registration date was near approaching, I was anxiously watching the classes I wanted get fuller and fuller and fuller.  I was getting hesitant as I started thinking, "Maybe this is my closed door, and maybe this isn't what God wants from me."  

I realized however, with the help of this book, that God has brought me this far and if I trust him,  He will definitely see me through.  I waited in anxious anticipation trusting the Lord with whatever outcome he had chosen...and everything worked out!  I got into all the courses I had chosen and am very much looking forward to this journey the Lord has set for me.

I highly recommend this book whether you are facing a difficult time or not.  It's never a bad thing to gain some extra wisdom and knowledge under your belt.
 
This is definitely a book worth buying and as I also wrote on facebook, for us light readers, it's only 117 pages long. We can do it!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Red Sea Rules


About 10 years ago I heard Robert Morgan speak about his book The Red Sea Rules at a Thomas Nelson sales conference.  (Thomas Nelson is the publisher.)  I knew I'd be selling the book to bookstores but his message cut right through the sales pitches and all that sort of thing.  I knew I needed to read it.  I had been going through big transitions and was looking for biblical perspective.  I found it in The Red Sea Rules.  This powerful little book is filled with God's perspective that I think might apply to everyone.  I picked it up again and have been re-reading it.  Yup.  Still a great book.  If your view into the future looks uncertain or if your present circumstances don't match your expectations, I'd recommend you give this book a read.  I think and hope you'll be glad you did.  Let me know what you think of it.  Gary