James MacDonald has a unique style of writing; you can almost sense him talking right to you. He puts his expressions and interjections in, making it more realistic, I think. He also makes several good points, many of which stuck out to me. Some of them are:
- Criticism makes us hard and vindictive and cruel. It leaves us with the flattering notion that we are superior persons. It is impossible to develop the characteristics of a saint and at the same time maintain a critical attitude. Criticism harms our relationship with God and others, and that will block the flow of God's blessing.
- Contentment is a satisfaction with God's sufficient provision. Satisfied. You don't need anything else. You're satisfied with what God has entrusted to you.
- Faith is not just a part of the Christian life, it's the whole thing. Faith isn't like love and joy and hope. Faith isn't something to add to your spiritual arsenal. Faith is the gun that fires the bullet. Faith is everything.
- Have you ever wondered why complaining is such a battle when we all agree that complaining changes nothing? The reason is that complaining satisfies our sinful natures. Complaining releases negative emotional energy in a way that provides momentary relief from a situation or circumstance that may be frustrating to us. That is why we find it so hard to resist.
I recieved this book from MOODY PUBLISHING in exchange for my honest review.