Face the Book

MimiFacebook. We’re either all in or want nothing to do with it. Lately, I’ve been thinking about how much time I spend on it. I’m not knocking Facebook at all. I think it’s an ingenious social media tool, if used wisely.

But I find myself scrolling for fifteen minutes at a time or more reading posts and looking at pics, “liking” this, getting upset over that. Sometimes feeling frustrated that I just wasted fifteen minutes or more. But I continue to check in periodically. Let’s tell the truth, many of us do. I’ve even vowed to stay away but when I find myself procrastinating on what I should be doing or have a little down time here and there, I tap on my Facebook app.

Facebook allows us to present our best side but it’s just a snapshot, at most. We have control over what people know and what they see. The real “us” is facing the screen, not plastered on Facebook. And we know it.

Some use Facebook to create a self they’d like to be and some are what my husband calls Facebook preachers, always telling people what they should be or shouldn’t be doing. Others are blatantly rude, publically threaten to “unfriend” anyone who sends them another Candy Crush game request or they let everybody know they’re purging people from their friend list instead of just quietly doing it. I never quite understood that one.

Facebook is making us act weird. I don’t want to be weird like that. That’s why I’m writing this post as a reminder.

But more important than acting weird to me is the question of priorities and time well spent. As I get older, the reality of the brevity of life sinks like a heavy weight in my soul.

Facebook serves as a reminder to constantly question who I really am and what I should be doing with my time, and ultimately, with my life. Spending time on Facebook isn’t going to really help me answer those questions. But sticking my face in another book will.

We can go around reading what others have to say about us, life, or God or we can go straight to the source who created us. I opt for the latter because we’re all really just searching for those honest-to-goodness answers that only He can provide.

The Bible is uncanny in reflecting an accurate image of us, and simultaneously providing the wisdom to transform that image as well.

It’s always time to face the book.

Book Review: Lioness Arising

Lisa Bevere’s newest book, Lioness Arising is a powerful wake-up call for Christian women. Stemming from a vision that God gave her years ago, Bevere introduces the lioness as a point of comparison to illustrate women’s potential power, passion, prowess, and purpose once they are stirred awake.

Lioness Arising is theologically ground-breaking. It challenges long-held beliefs about the role of women in the church. As a proponent of gender equality, Bevere advocates for women as viable members of the body of Christ with God-given gifts and roles to fulfill. Women will begin to release the weight of religious baggage that has kept them in their so-called place.

Bevere speaks to the multi-dimensionality of women’s roles, such as that of wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters of God. She encourages women to be fierce in protecting all children, acquire night vision to rescue those caught in the grip of darkness, to nurture other women, and to advocate for the voiceless. Christian women will be inspired to fearlessly stand up and step into position as joint heirs with men of God’s promises and bearers of His light.

This book introduces a change into the landscape of Christian thinking concerning women’s role in ministry. It has been anticipated by countless women who have known deep down inside that they have been created to be world-changers. As a true spiritual mentor bent on helping women realize that they are God’s creative answer to the problems the world is facing, Bevere shares sketches of personal experiences in her own spiritual journey. With solid biblical grounding throughout its entirety, this book will motivate women to awaken, rise up, lift their individual and collective voice and fulfill their God-given purpose to make a difference in the world.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of the above mentioned book from Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: The Butterfly Effect

Andy Andrews digs into the annals of our American heritage to tell the story of how one person’s actions affected another, which in turn affected another and eventually impacted billions. In this gift size book, we are reminded that every human being is on earth for a purpose. The actions taken by each unique individual will have lasting consequences. Every word spoken, every action taken, every decision made will affect others for generations to come. Everything we do matters.

Andrews’ story is based on a concept in Chaos Theory, metaphorically named the “butterfly effect.” This theory posits that a small change in an initial condition can produce large variations long-term. The name derived from the idea that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings may cause small changes in conditions that may have a direct impact in the path or occurrence of a tornado. In other words, one thing may lead to another even greater event.

The message in this book is timeless and necessary in a culture where some lives are valued more than others. Everyone has the potential to make a difference with even the smallest of acts and this book highlights that simple but profound truth.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”