Thursday, February 3, 2011


As the snow has continued I checked out our book shelf for a book I have not read. I looked at several ~ Pilgrim Heart by Tippens, Here and Now by Nouwein, I, Issac take Thee, Rebekah by Zacharias, or do I try to finish Abba's Child by Manning...I settled on Unexpected Wisdom by Dan Schmidt. I have not been disappointed in the direction I was lead. It is major insight from the minor prophets.

How many times do you skip past the introduction in a book?? This is not one you want to pass. He uses the analogy of a closet in describing the minor prophets as packed to the brim and you open it up having really forgotten what all is in the closet. This is what my craft closet looks like. It is also a Cailyn and Corban closet and also contains all of our games. You don't really know what all you will find until you sit and dig!!

Another analogy the author mentions is that the minor prophets is like the sea. You dive in and won't see the bottom for a good long while. Prophets are messengers from God. They know His message and they are bringing it to God's people. God has much to say and wants to show Himself to us all - then and even now in our lives today.

Ps. 50:3
Our God is coming; He will not be silent!
Devouring fire precedes Him,
and a storm rages around Him

II Cor. 4:8-11
We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; 9 we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. 10 We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, so that Jesus' life may also be revealed in our mortal flesh.

Life is hard for all of us at different times and with different situations. The minor prophets have a message for us today. I will list the chapters and you will see how practical the reading is, but not just the book, more importantly the Bible~~especially the minor prophets.

  • Receive and Extend Grace
  • Don't Fear the Dark
  • Abandon Pride
  • Use Power Well
  • Choose Wisely
  • Be Courageous
  • Stay Close
  • Keep Your Heart Soft
  • Radiate Integrity
  • Hope

    Let me know if you pick this book up. Daniel and I are reading it together and would love to hear your thoughts!!

    The Johnsons said...

    I always finding new books so thanks for listing these! Have you read Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker? I loved it, so compelling. Hope you are doing well! Love you and your family.

    daddyO and honey said...

    just looked up this book, looks interesting. this is the change God took us through moving to Abilene. we are part of a church plant and it has been very challenging to our faith. i have questioned my comfort zone many times.

    mad4books said...

    Well, considering the sermon series we're enjoying at HOPE right now, I'm not a bit surprised that you picked up a book with "wisdom" in the title!!!

    Plus, there's a whole chapter called "Hope," so it was a no-brainer.

    Fingers crossed you'll let me borrow it when you're finished,

    mad4books said...

    Oh, and I'm using the snow days to read Lauren Winner's Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity. I bought it after devouring Winner's Girl Meets God, but since I was married at the time, it just sat on the shelf, waiting for "someday when there's time to read."

    Then, after the divorce (when I was sure I would never, ever date or marry again), it continued to collect dust on the bookshelf.

    Now, though, snowed in for four days straight and actually seeing somebody wonderful, it was the perfect time to pick it up. In fact, I think I'll go finish it right now.

    LOVING the snow,