Making Life Matter by Shane Stanford
Published By: Abingdon Press
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback - 151 / Kindle - 319 KB / Nook - 690 KB
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
About The Author:
Shane Stanford is a pastor, author and teacher. He is the Senior Pastor of Christ UMC in Memphis, TN, one of United Methodism's largest and most influential congregations.
Shane is a former church planter as well as the Director/Host of the United Methodist Hour, a radio and television ministry airing in 30 million homes nationwide.
Shane is the author of eleven books including A Positive Life (Zondervan), The CURE for the Chronic Life (Abingdon), and Mosaic (Abingdon).
Shane has also written several articles published in such journals/magazines as Giving, CNNOnline, Alive, and The Circuit Rider.
Shane has appeared on numerous media programs including ABC's Good Morning America and Fox & Friends.
Shane travels extensively sharing his story as an HIV positive hemophiliac and pastor. He has presented at such venues as the Saddleback Global AIDS Summit and the National Civil Rights Museum.
He is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford (a Professor of Education) and they are the parents of three daughters, ages 14, 11, and 7.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Abingdon) in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.
Virtual Book Tour Event: On Friday, May 18, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author Shane Stanford participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.
In a world of fast-paced schedules and priorities, conversations about what makes for a life well lived are a rarity and a luxury. But what if the daily pace of life held in itself the way to make choices more significant? What if the daily-to-do lists gave a glimpse into how people might change their future? What if the daily grind, as arduous as it might seem, held the key to a life full of meaning and potential? What if everyday, simple steps, instead of some complex list of seemingly unattainable principles, showed how to make life matter?
Making Life Matter answers these questions and shows that the steps for making life matter are found in rather ordinary decisions, attitudes, and patterns found in normal routines. This book is about our story and our journey, and what we do and feel along the way.
My Book Review:
Are you really living your life to the fullest? While you ponder this question, let author Shane Stanford take you on a journey of self-discovery, where you will learn to Make Life Matter and Embrace The Joy In The Everyday!
Making Life Matter is a thought provoking book full of inspirational chapters to guide you through your self-discovery and personal growth towards living your life to the fullest. In a thoughtful way, author Shane Stanford provides the reader with a lot of inspirational insight to reflect upon: each chapter begins with a selected scripture, interesting stories to ponder, and each chapter ends with journey points: selected scripture readings for each day of the week; life questions; and a prayer.
Highlights of the chapters that are inspirational and motivational:
"We are not measured by the events that surround us. We are measured by what we do with those events, circumstances, and situations and by whether we allow them to get the best of our journeys or whether we make each moment of each day mean something more."
"Making choices in your life: we do have a choice. It is not always an easy choice. It is not always the desired choice. And it is definitely not always the certain choice. But in making that choice each day, we give ourselves a chance to make life matter."
"Choose each day to make it count. Every day is an opportunity."
"Life matters because we make it so. Life is about perspective and perception. We shape how we view the details, decisions, and demons that life blows our way. The key is whether we see what sails heavenward as something to celebrate or we see what lands upon as as something to fear. We have the choice to make either so."
The author provides principles to making life matter to motivate you as you go along your journey. These principles are geared toward all aspects of your life: relationships, choices, communication, direction and faith, just to name a few.
Making Life Matter is a short inspirational and motivational book that you can easily reference back to on a daily basis. The principles and motivational prompts are easy to relate to, and will provide enough food for thought for a daily devotional or weekly study group.
RATING: 4 STARS ****