CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY Colossians 1: 27 (NIV)
The Bible states in the Scriptures that God has placed the Christ Spirit within each one of us. In John 14:20, Jesus says On that day you will realize that I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Author Allen C. Liles, an ordained non-denominational minister, wants us to consider using the daily practice of meditation to help establish a direct link between us and the Divine.
Rev. Liles shares the wisdom, guidance, insight and support that he received from God and the Christ Spirit within us over a full year of sitting in the silence every morning. He claims no special relationship with God. Rev. Liles believes that each of us can access the Holy Presence by becoming open and receptive to sitting with God in meditation on a regular basis. His struggles during the year included the illness of his wife, retirement from a ministerial career, aging, caregiving, family issues with adult children, financial concerns, and finding the courage to take life one day at a time. No matter what your problems or concerns, Rev. Liless experiences in meditation offer hope for a happier, fulfilled and more peaceful life in a time of turmoil and change.
Church staff will identify with The Donut Theory, and church members will be entertained and enlightened.
Reverend Gerald W. Nelson, retired ELCA pastor
These folksy meditations (part narrative, part advice) express the messy mix of human and divine in the church administrative experience, by one whos been there.
Sara Dyrud Bryan, former church secretary and pastors wife
After reading The Donut Theory, I gave it to my church secretary. The next time I saw her, she said, I found myself laughing out loud many of the stories could have been written about my office!
Gwynne, Sun City, Arizona
Lindas meditations are rich in learning experiences and are reinforced by her faith and ability to find humor in any situation.
Shirley Cunningham, LCSWW,
spiritual director, and author of Chasing God
The Donut Theory is a compilation of Lindas first three books released in 2009, 2010, and 2012, under the title Incidents (and Inspiration) from the Church Office I, II, and III52 Meditations for Church Support Staff. Copies of all of Lindas books are available through her website: http://souly4youbylindagillis.com.
Happy New You is needed in the days and times we are facing. In an age of political fights, a failing economy, and uncertainty, the need for a fresh devotional read is soothing and welcomed. Happy New You challenges spiritual growth in our daily struggles. Judy truly reflects the character of a servant, because she loves people and she writes to change lives. Let this 365-day devotional stir your spirit and occupy your heartbeat with adoration, anticipating time spent getting to know the Savior. In reading this devotion day to day, you will agree that the pages are filled with the Word of God, real-life revelations, dreams, and the wonder of the greatest gift of all, Jesus.
Ann Jolissaint, author of Refining Fire
In this inspirational collection of devotions, author Judy Davis creatively walks readers through the Scriptures. Judy relates how she has learned to continually trust the Lord through trials involving family tragedies, financial concerns, and in many other faith-building and spiritually enriching testimonials. Everyone is certain to be abundantly blessed throughout the year in meditating week to week on this treasure trove of lovely revelations!