101 CUPS OF WATER
Summary: C.D. Baker dips into the flowing stream of God’s love and draws out relief, refreshment, mercy, hope and sustenance for a new generation of Christ-followers. Baker’s clean, simple prose is paired with evocative, black and white photographs that will etch each truth into the reader’s memory.
My Thoughts: When I opened this book I was expecting a heartfelt devotional, but I was unprepared for the level of honesty and openness I found. Within just a couple of pages I was looking over my shoulder to see if someone had been reading my thoughts. The author cuts through the traditional expectations of religion and voices pride and fear with amazing honesty. This book is a journey through a 'real' Christian's heart, not an attempt to show our hearts as other Christians expect us to be. Let me share the first one with you ... you will see what I mean!
a cup of graceI can't live the Christian life.
Don't tell anyone, but I've tried and I've tried and I can't. I haven't loved God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and I certainly haven't loved my neighbors as myself. It's that simple.
The Big Lie that's weighted so heavily on me is that I can't make my Christian life "work." It's a lie that has stood in the way of my enjoying true communion with God, a lie that's kept me from more fully appreciating the beauty of the creation around me and the community of others.
So, yes, I admit that I can't make my Christian life work.
Praise be to God, who has freed me from the trying.
He's show me that only Christ can live the Christian life, and he lives that life through me more fully as I get that trying-harder Self out of his way (Galatians 3).
So what do I do? I ask the holy Spirit to show me my weakness, my sin, my need. I bring it all to the cross. And when the good news of God's love pours over me, it is then I realize, with my heart filled with gratitude, that Christ lives through me.
no, I can't live the Christian life on my own -- and he loves me anyway.
Author Bio: C.D. Baker founded and operated an award-winning insurance business before redirecting his career to write. His historical novel Crusade of Tears in The Journey of Souls series earned a Christy Award nomination. He’s completing a master’s degree in theological studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland , where he splits his time from home in Bucks County , Pennsylvania . His website is www.cdbaker.com.
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