Saturday, December 15, 2012

What I'm Reading - Wonderstruck




God invites us to look up, open our eyes to the wonder all around us and seize every opportunity to encounter him.
- Margaret Feinberg
I fell in love with Margaret's writing when I read her book The Sacred Echo with my Band of Sisters over a year ago. She shared about how God will get our attention by repeating something to us in different ways - from a Sunday sermon to a conversation with a friend. Her words shared in this book touched my heart and opened it to the many ways that God speaks to me. Since then I have read several of her other books and loved each one.

When I found out she was writing Wonderstruck, I couldn't contain my excitement. I immediately contacted her to let her know how thrilled I was and that I couldn't wait to read it.

Wonderstruck releases on Christmas Day and is a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. This book will turn your prayer life upside down, stir your desire to live more abundantly, and take your relationships with others to the next level.

Here's a sneak peak:

 A Sneak Peek At Wonderstruck from Margaret Feinberg on Vimeo.



Margaret was kind enough to answer a few questions.


Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruck book and Bible study come from?

Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it can’t get worse, it somehow finds a way? Most people who have worked in ministry have experienced those seasons—some may be in one right now.

My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, “God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as I’ve never known you before and see you in places I’ve never recognized you before.”

God did not disappoint.

What do you mean by “the wonder of God”?

Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. It’s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: “being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe” and “to think or speculate curiously.”

Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. That’s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more.

In other words, the wonder of God isn’t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of God—to go deeper and further than we’ve ever been before.

Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?

If you look in the Gospels, what you’ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like “awe” and “wonder” and “marvel” at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and I—who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High?  We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at wonderstruck@margaretfeinberg.com and we’ll send you one. 

Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on TwitterFacebook, or her blog. You can learn more about this great book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. I’ve seen the book for as low as $7.57 ($14.99 retail) on Barnes & Noble.


5 comments:

  1. Hi Wendy!! Thanks for linking up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Paula, thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

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  2. Thanks so much for posting this, Wendy! So grateful for you!

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    1. Thankful for you too Margaret! Blessed Christmas!

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