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Do you ever wonder if the Bible and church doors slam shut at midnight on Sunday, only to open again the following Sunday? Whether you attend church or are just curious about how real this whole “faith in Christ” thing is, perhaps you have met people who live as if God is only accessible on Sundays. Is it possible to take our faith with us every day of the week? Because God is real and truly speaks through the Bible and prayer, we should have a relationship with Him seven days a week, 24 hours a day, right? It shouldn’t just be for an hour, one day a week. For those of us in the church-going crowd, no matter how carefully we clean up our act for Sunday and get a good dose of pulpit teaching and prayer, it seems we often aren’t sure what that should look like the rest of week. Any number of issues—parenting woes, bullies to counter, relationships that need healing, decisions that need wisdom—demand our attention and time. What happens when our “Sunday selves” try to go it alone the other six days? What do our Monday through Saturday conversations with God even sound like?

In Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God’s Purpose in Each New Day, Bonnie Lyn Smith shares how faith in Christ informs the everyday and how the Bible offers wisdom for so many situations; they are not limited to just the pew. The book serves as a starting place to practice how to reach into God’s riches, not only to know Him deeply, but also to be part of His purpose and plan. Through personal stories and reflections, Bonnie shows us that He gives so many promises that help us live each day in His presence. She offers examples of how God reveals Himself to us, if we are open to looking for Him, seeking His guidance, and accepting His abiding love. Even when and where we least expect Him! If you are simply curious about this whole God thing, take a look at what Christian believers mean when they talk about how God’s peace and grace carry them through each day. And if you already know Him, join her on the journey to live the Christian faith more fully, minute by minute, hour by hour.

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Hott Review:

What I liked: Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God’s Purpose in Each New Day is a series of epiphanies written like a growth journal by Bonnie Lyn Smith.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t love Not Just On Sundays. When I read anecdotes in the synopsis, I thought humorous stories, but they’re not. They’re profound stories of growth in Bonnie’s journey with the Lord. And, while the friend I loaned Not Just on Sundays to thought this one of the best books she’d read, I just couldn’t finish it.

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Author: Bonnie Lyn Smith
Source: Bonnie Lyn Smith
Publisher & Date: Ground Truth Press, Oct. 1, 2014
Genre: Christian Living
ISBN: 9780990830320
Pages: 332
Grade: DNF

Author Bio:

Bonnie Lyn Smith is a writer, editor, and public speaker. She resides with her husband, three children, and two Shih Tzus in the Boston area. Together, they have lived on both U.S. coasts as well as the Marshall Islands. She regularly blogs at “Espressos of Faith” on everything from great books she is reading to parenting in the trenches, special education, mental health advocacy, the ultimate latte, dog antics, and how grace makes a difference in every part of the everyday. Her heart has long been devoted to discipleship and prayer ministry in its various forms. Currently, she enjoys learning about Christ with the Junior High School students she and her husband teach. Before that, her Sunday School heart belonged to preschoolers; when she grows up, she wants to love Jesus as purely as they do.

Websites & Links: Bonnie Lyn Smith's website Bonnie Lyn Smith's twitter Bonnie Lyn Smith's facebook

 

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