Wednesday, February 15, 2012

One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber

One Perfect Word
by Debbie Macomber
Non-Fiction / Christian Living / Memoir
Published January 2012
Howard Books
208 pages



About the Book
In the tradition of One Simple Act and God’s Guest List, perennial bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber reveals in inspiring, moving stories that the simplicity of one perfect word can become profound. When Debbie took the time to intentionally focus on a single word—such as prayer, trust, or surrender—for a whole year, this act changed not only herself, but those around her.

"The surprising thing is that when we decide to focus on one word for the year," Debbie writes, "God takes part in the choosing. That’s why the word is perfect for us. We may not see it at the time, but as we look back we see that it all worked together—our word, our life, our journey." For example, the year she chose the word balance, her career moved to a whole new level. The pressures on Debbie to speak, promote, and practically live on the road were overwhelming. It was her yearlong focus on that all-too-difficult word balance that helped her refine her schedule. As you read Debbie’s and others’ stories, you will be inspired to find your own word and will see how one perfect word can make all the difference.

My Thoughts
One Perfect Word is an inspiring book detailing Debbie Macomber's annual tradition of choosing a word to study in depth throughout the year. Each chapter is a unique collection of stories, quotes, Scriptures, and reflections on what Debbie learned during a yearlong study on a particular word.
The book is intensely personal and Debbie allows readers into her personal life, diaries, and prayer journals. She shares about becoming a Christian, her journey to publication, and her separation and near-divorce. I truly felt as if I knew her when I finished reading the book. More importantly, though, I felt like I knew God better.

Last year I chose a word for the year. However, I love the idea of not only choosing a word to strive towards but really studying the word and finding out what Scripture has to say about the word / concept as well. I was encouraged by the study methods and practical applications suggested throughout the book. I can't recommend this book (or practice!) highly enough. [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Debbie Macomber, the author of Hannah's List, Summer on Blossom Street, Twenty Wishes and the Cedar Cove series, is one of today's leading voices in women's fiction. She is a regular on every major bestseller list with more than 140 million copies of her books in print. Debbie's popularity is worldwide with her books translated into twenty-three languages. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of eight grandchildren. They live in Washington State and winter in Florida.

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