Author Spotlight – Intentional Fitness: Working Out Your Salvation

I recently took up yoga. I bought the mat, the cute workout gloves, and showed up to my first class making sure I was tucked away in the back near the door in case I needed to make a quick exit. I ended up needing that quick exit with ten minutes still left in the class. I just couldn’t push through. I had no stamina. I gave out of steam because I wasn’t physically fit.

Just like physical fitness, I have to work on keeping spiritually strong. Faith isn’t casual. It’s an everyday commitment for me.  If I don’t stay grounded in the truth, I quickly become defeated. There’s no “quick exit” from my life. I have to push through. 

You can read more about spiritual fitness by picking up Mary Scro’s new book “Spiritual Fitness: Working Out Your Salvation.” This author shares her very real struggle to find and accept God. If you know someone who is starting from a place where a relationship with God makes no sense and there seems to be more questions than answers, this book is a wonderful testimony to how God can transform a person’s life no matter where they are in their spiritual walk.

Synopsis:

We live in a world that desperately needs Jesus, but can’t find Him. 

Why? Because many who bear His name (Christians) are not spiritually fit enough to walk in His ways. And how do you know what “fit” is in a world that is increasingly void of any mention of the name of Jesus? How do you hear His voice to know His ways with so much godless static assaulting you every day, from all directions? 

“Therefore, my dear friends . . . continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling . . .” Philippians 2:12 (NIV). 

Intentional Fitness compares physical fitness to spiritual fitness and discusses similarities. Only by being intentional about your own spiritual health can you live life to the full as Jesus created you to live and died to make possible for you. And only then can you bring the Kingdom of God and His love to a world in desperate need.

 Author Bio:

Mary Graziano Scro is an inspirational and lively author and speaker who intuitively weaves analogies and personal testimony with practical biblical teaching. A graduate of Christian Communicators Conference, Mary’s mission is to encourage others about the awesome life God has planned for them, if only they are willing to choose wisely in their everyday lives (John 8:31-32). Mary and her husband Don live in Marshall, Va.

You can connect with Mary on her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Dive Deeper Book Review

Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow ReligionDive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion by Jenifer Jernigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When being introduced to this book, it was described to me as a Bible study + book. Two of my favorite things combined!

The author guides you through a verse by verse study of Ephesians. But it’s not a typical “telling” you what the truth is, but a wonderful “showing” and allowing the revelation of truth to unfold through discovery. The author helps you to explore each verse’s meaning through original Greek definition of words, different bible translations, and supporting scriptures. It’s like looking at scripture through a magnifying glass and being able to see things you hadn’t seen before.

I also like that the author shares examples of her weaknesses. By humbling herself, God was given all the glory in this wonderful piece of work.

If you find reading the Bible difficult at times, struggle to see how God sees you, or want to understand what He has done to secure your future, give Dive Deeper a try. I feel blessed by having completed the study. I never knew Ephesians had so much to teach me. Now these truths have become alive to me instead of just being words on a page.

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The Geography of You and Me – Book Review

The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was so excited to read this after enjoying “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”. It just didn’t have the same punch and because of that I was slightly disappointed.

The Geography of You and Me is a contemporary love story of two teens Lucy and Owen. They have a chance meeting one night in a stalled elevator during a blackout in New York City. They make a quick connection, but soon after, end up in different places with completely different lives. The rest of the book follows their separate journeys with both of them struggling to forget about the other. This gives the story a kind of melancholy feel. You experience their attempts to move on with other people, their continuous moves to new cities, Owen and his father grieving for the loss of Owen’s mother, and Lucy’s life which mainly centers on hands-off parents who jet set around the world without her. The classic rich girl, poor boy.

The premise is cute, but the characters didn’t pull me in. I found I didn’t love them or hate them. I think the reason I couldn’t fall in love with these characters was twofold. One, it felt like their connection was more like a friendship of kindred spirits. And two, they were pretty much miserable the whole book. That made it hard to want to turn the next page. The fact that they were apart for most of the book also made it difficult to make the romance believable because there was nothing there for them to build upon except for that one night.

I did appreciate one literary tactic used near the end of the book where chapters got shorter and shorter in order to convey emotion. That was rather brilliant.

I also love the fact that Jennifer E Smith writes clean teen fiction. She’s found a wonderful niche for young, hopeless romantics that are waiting for their own great love story.

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