July 10, 2008

On Books & Belief

You know, one thing I've talked about a lot in the last few months is my book fast. I'm more than halfway through, and haven't suffered in the least. In fact, as I teased here, God has blessed my socks off.

A couple of months ago, my sheer desperation at the lack of current Christian fiction my local library offers drove me to contact my friend, Lisa, and ask her about the book reviews she was writing. She put me in touch with several publicists so that I could start blog tours. Thus, the flow of books began...and it was good.

A bit later, I was surprised to get an email from Jennifer, asking if I would be part of a new sister website to 5 Minutes for Mom called 5 Minutes for Books. (Lisa had shared my love of books with Jennifer.) When I found out that I would be joining Lisa, Bev, Lauren and Jo-Lynne, I was ecstatic. I hadn't "met" our other team member, Carrie, but she looked like a fun gal. The flow quickly turned into overflow...and it was very good.




God has outdone Himself. Really, He has. When I willingly but anxiously placed my hobby/habit/obsession (depending on how you look at it) in His hands, I only thought of it as a sacrifice He demanded. I thought it was something to give up. Never, in my wildest imagination, did I suppose He would provide for my hobby/habit/obsession (again, how you look at it). Not only has He provided books...He's poured out an abundant blessing on me. I know, without any doubt, that if I can trust Him with a mere hobby, I can trust Him with the big things. Particularly this big thing.

I believe God because He is faithful. Next time, I'll talk about why I want to believe God.

In the meantime, head over to 5 Minutes for Books. Jennifer's there to welcome you, Bev and Lisa are sharing about what they've read lately, and I'm reviewing Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

8 comments:

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

It made me so happy when you told me about that (well after I had asked you to join me). It made me quite certain that it was a "God thing" for you and for the new blog. You're a great addition to the team.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I am so excited to be teammates! Your movie review was great. My little girl isn't old enough for these books yet, but I look forward to enjoying the books and movie with her in the future!

Janelle said...

Awesome news!! I love when God surprises us with the little things.

I will check out that site!

His Girl said...

wow, melissa! that's so incredible!!!!! i am so impressed!!! Can't wait to see what God does with this!

Alana said...

That is wonderful, Melissa. And so inspiring to choose His way instead of our own! He's just waiting around, hoping to bless us!

Bev said...

It really is a bit amazing that you said no to purchasing any books at all and God is delivering them right to your door for free! His ways are indeed always so much better than ours.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

The girls and I went to see Kit on Wednesday--LOVED it! I tell ya, American Girls make me want to be 10 again!

Jillian, Inc. said...

How cool! I've already visited the site and will definitely be checking it out regularly. Way to go!