FIRST Wildcard Tours presents It’s Just You And Me Lord…….by Marion Stroud

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Today’s Wild Card author is:
Marion Stroud
and the book:
It’s Just You and Me, Lord : Prayers for a Women’s Life
Discovery House Pub (September 2012)
***Special thanks to Susan Otis, Creative Resources, Inc. for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marion Stroud has been a bookworm since she memorized the rhyming couplets of the

Rupert Bear stories when she was three years old. Marion always wanted to be a writer but trained initially to be a physical therapist.

As soon as Marion “retired” from physiotherapy to have her first baby, she decided to fulfill two ambitions at once: to become a mother and a writer. She now has five adult children, seventeen grandchildren from ages eighteen months to nineteen years, and twenty-four published books to her name, many of which have been translated into up to fourteen different languages.

Living in Malaysia as a child gave Marion a heart for people from different nations. She works with Media Associates International to mentor and encourage writers in countries where little Christian literature is written or published.

Marion and her husband love entertaining, walking, reading, and traveling. They are activein the church they helped to found more than thirty years ago. They also lead a small groupwhere they offer pastoral support, and together learn more about living out their faith in daily life.”

Visit the author’s website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

As women journey through life a lot can be said about their relationships, responsibilities, and concerns. Often influenced by emotions and feelings, women are most likely to express their deepest thoughts to a trusted friend.

It’s Just You and Me, Lord offers heartfelt prayers to inspire and encourage women no matter where they are in life’s journey. Addressing common issues and providing practical prayers, Scripture, and quotes, author Marion Stroud encourages women to express honest and heartfelt communication with God.

From personal prayers to prayers about family, friends, and the world, this inspirational resource helps women of all ages to genuinely connect with God, talk with Him about their concerns, and build and maintain a strong prayer life. Discover how you can go to God in prayer and have confidence in knowing He is your trusted friend.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Discovery House Pub (September 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1572935731

ISBN-13: 978-1572935730

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

It’s Just You And Me Lord is a collection of prayers by women throughout their lives, and just about any issue you can think of. Where I don’t usually read my prayers, I’d rather pray from my heart. But I also enjoy reading prayers like these, because reading these prayers gave me a new insight about praying. Even thought I know I can pray about anything, some of these prayers were so refreshing, and gave me ideas on how my prayer life can be different and better. And each prayer has verses to go with them too!

I like a statement made by the author in the beginning of the book which says. “Whatever words you use, you can approach Him{God}boldly, confident that as you honestly and openly share your joys, your pain and your perplexity with Him, you will come away from the encounter changed and strengthened.” This is what each of us need in our lives. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book to keep and use. I rec’d my copy from FIRST Wildcard Tours to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Introduction
One of my favorite ways of spending an evening is to share a meal with old friends. What we eat and drink is not particularly important—it’s the conversation that matters. We look back and laugh about our youthful escapades. We talk about the issues that confront us now and wrestle with questions of faith and family. Nothing is off-limits. We challenge each other’s presuppositions and get fresh glimpses of truth through the eyes of a trusted companion.

Prayer, at its best, is like sharing a meal with a loved and trusted friend. Jesus says, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends” (Revelation 3:20 NLT).

Some of the topics I have written about in these pages spring from my own experience, but many are rooted in the pain and challenges faced by others. In some cases the details of the situation have been changed to protect their privacy. But all these conversations with God spring from life as we experience it in the twenty-first century.

You may want to make my words your own, or simply use them as a prompt for your own communication with our loving heavenly Father. Whatever words you use, you can approach Him boldly, confident that as you honestly and openly share your joys, your pain, and your perplexity with Him, you will come away from the encounter changed and strengthened.

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

Mahatma Ghandi

A Woman Within

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but only to pour them all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

George Eliot

God loves me unconditionally. And He will love me into perfection. With Him I can be absolutely open, sharing the best and worst of my life, my joys and my sorrows, because He knows about every detail already. Nothing I can say or do will affect our relationship for good or for evil. I am His beloved child who delights His heart. He is the always available, unshockable friend, the relentless lover, and the hiding place in which I can rest safely, whatever storms may rock my world.

Summer Suns Are Glowing

Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,

and come with me.

See! The winter is past;

the rains are over and gone.

Flowers appear on the earth;

the season of singing has come.

Song of Solomon 2:10–12

Summertime,

and the livin’ is easy.

Fish are jumping,

and the cotton is high.

DuBose Heyward

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The long dark days of winter are over, Lord,

and everything within me

wants to make the very best

of this bright time of year.

As I awaken to the song of birds,

cause me to add my song of praise

under my breath,

beneath the rattle

of the commuter train,

or ringing round the bathroom as I shower.

Thank you for opportunities to walk and talk with you

while, as the old song puts it,1

the dew is still on the roses,

and the earth

smells fresh and sweet.

Thank you for ripening fruit on trees,

fields of standing corn,

and farmers’ markets

overflowing

with fruit and vegetables of every hue.

Thank you for opportunities

to stop and stare, dear Lord.

For some there will be no vacations

in peaceful countryside or by the sea.

But all of us can pause for one brief moment

to smell a rose,

to watch a spider spin its web,

or simply be aware

of all the little things

that bring your joy into the present moment.

Thank you for the fun of outdoor eating.

The clink of ice in glass and fragrant smoke

from barbecue or campfire embers.

Help us to grasp the opportunity

to open up our hearts and home

to old and young,

inviting friend and stranger

to share in our enjoyment.

And as the evening darkens,

calm our hearts

to see the glory of the sunset,

and the bright twinkle of the stars

against the velvet darkness of the sky,

as treasures from your hand,

filling us

with reverence for the things you have made,

and thankfulness

for summertime.

You care for the land and water it . . .

You crown the year with your bounty,

and your carts overflow with abundance . . .

The meadows are covered with flocks

and the valleys are mantled with grain;

they shout for joy and sing.

Psalm 65:9–13

It’s Just You and Me, Lord: Prayers for a Woman’s Life

© 2012 by Marion Stroud

All rights reserved.

Discovery House is affiliated with RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Requests for permission to quote from this book should be directed to: Permissions Department, Discovery House Publishers, P.O. Box 3566, Grand Rapids, MI 49501, or contact us by e-mail at permissionsdept@dhp.org

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com

Scripture quotations marked NLT are from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Published in association with the Books & Such Literary Agency, Mary Keeley, 52 Mission Circle, Suite 122, PMB 170, Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5370. http://www.booksandsuch.biz

ISBN 978-1-57293-573-0

Printed in the United States of America

First printing in 2012

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