Part of the catalyst for me reading this book is that a few weeks ago, I looked myself in the mirror and confessed: "I am emotionally unhealthy in several ways."
Whether it is rational or not, it is part of our experience in American culture to experience at least a small dose of extra hope when we reflect on the year to come.
"God himself, the only Redeemer, the one hope for humanity, was surrounded by sawdust and wood for the majority of his life."
A bitter heart will result in a disobedient life. What we need as followers of Christ is tough skin and a tender heart.
Oh Mighty Lord, my prayer life is so feeble. Make it yours.
Every person needs a personal, life-altering, break-your-heart-open, "Take heart" moment with God.
The primary job of raising children to love God and love others does not belong to the church, a youth group, or an educational institution.