Friday, July 8, 2011

Review and Giveaway: RESTORED! book

I recently read the book by Dan Schaeffer entitled “Restored! God's Salvage Plan for Broken Lives”.


When I saw it was using the Biblical book of Ruth to make his points, I was a bit skeptical as I had never heard Ruth taught in this way, but I enjoyed his insights and how he wove practical application into this book while providing examples from the Bible.

It is the rare person who hasn't had some major loss or hurt in life, so this is a book for everyone. Each one of us has reason to do as Naomi did and asked to be called Mara. (In the Hebrew this means bitter.) We can take a look at our lives, the broken pieces, the shattered dreams, and the disappointments and say “My life is a mess. Nothing will ever improve.” and eventually become bitter ourselves.

But what happens when we allow God to write the story of our lives? Is there ever a way He can take those things that haunt us and still feel like there's a knife going through our heart when we remember them – can those things ever work out so we see a purpose in them? Absolutely yes. (Although there may still be consequences of our sin or the sin of others, it is possible for God to redeem those things into something for His purpose.)

In this book, Schaeffer leads us through character strengths and weaknesses, bad decisions, desires that are changed and how Naomi is restored. When something is restored, it may not be exactly the way it was before, but is beautiful and of value. He gives an example of a table he found at a garage sale that was stained and in overall poor condition. Schaeffer took the time to sand the table, tighten up the hinges, and stain it until it's a beautiful piece he can proudly display. As was done with Naomi, that very same restoration can take place in us.

It may not be easy. We're broken people in search of a Holy God who takes us and uses His word, circumstances, and others to shape us into something of worth. My favorite passage in the book is on page 66:

“When we look for friendships, we usually search for people who are like us, but God doesn't. We want people who have the same kind of spiritual or emotional holes that we have in our lives but God wants to bring us godly examples who compliment us and help repair us.”

This reminds me of some of my friends. Some of them are as different from me as can be, sometimes annoy me to no end, but they push me along in areas that I otherwise wouldn't want to pursue.

I think any Christian could benefit from reading this book, and I have good news. I contacted the publisher, and Discovery House is going to give a copy of this book away to one of my blog readers!

If you don't want to wait to see if you win, however, you can purchase the book here.

Basic giveaway information: I will pick a winner using random.org at 11:59 on July 18, so please get your entries in before then. Winner will be notified and have 48 hours to respond to the e-mail or another winner will be chosen.  Also be sure and leave a comment for EACH entry you do.

Please leave contact information in each entry if it is not in your blogger profile, you may leave your e-mail as username at domain dot com or you may leave your twitter name. Just make sure I can contact you! US entries only, please.

MANDATORY ENTRY:

Visit Discovery House Publishers and tell me another item that catches your eye.  http://www.dhp.org/

Additional entries: (Leave an extra comment for each one you do!)
#WIN the book RESTORED! from @jenndiggy and Discovery House Publishers ends July 18 http://bit.ly/qbvBh3

39 comments:

  1. I know someone who the book Called to Serve would inspire them

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  2. liked discovery publishers on fb
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  3. I would like to read some books especially
    Defining Moments—When Choices Matter Most

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  4. Follow on GFC

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  5. I would like to read the Grief—Strength for the Soul.

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    Hair Bow Making for Beginners

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  6. I liked Discovery House Publishers on FB!

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    Jenn
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  7. I'm a GFC follower.

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  8. definining moments i follow on gfc mverno@roadrunner.com

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  9. I would like to read Mighthy Acts of God with my students in Sunday School.
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  10. Defining Moments—When Choices Matter Most
    great selections!
    thanks for offering this giveaway

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  11. I would love to read Praying with Confidence — Renewing Your Trust and Joy in God.

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  12. I follow on gfc.

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  13. Defining Moments would be great!
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  14. Who Has Your Heart by Emily Ryan
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  15. I am following on GFC- Ready or Not
    Hope I win!
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  16. The Mighty Acts of God book caught my eye! Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

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  17. I liked Discovery House Publishers on Facebook as Jocelyn P. :)
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  18. I follow you on GFC as Joce :) Godsgalnj@gmail.com

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  19. I tweeted about this :) http://twitter.com/#!/Godsgalnj/status/90805454552305664
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  20. Id love to have to read Prayer Strength for the Soul

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  21. I think that Jungle Pilot by Russell Hitt sounds like a good book too.

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  22. One thing that catches my eye is the book: God's Thrifty Extravagance- What the Bible Says about Money... seems apropiriate in these times!

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  23. I like Discovery House Publishers on Facebook

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  24. I like 'Defining Moments—When Choices Matter Most'

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  25. I also would like to read "Dear God It's Me and It's Urgent".



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  26. I would love to read The Chronicles of Narnia. I watched the movie and would now like to read the book.
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  27. I like Stand Up Big Band Praise
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  28. I would like to get the God Knows My Name children's book for my daughter
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  29. Power Up - Diamond Edition!

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  30. I would like to read-Dear God its urgent
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  32. GFC follower (willdebbie)
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  33. I like
    Dear God, It's Me and It's Urgent — Prayers for Every Season of a Woman's Life

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  34. I follow on GFC

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  35. I like discovery house on FB

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  36. tweeted
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  37. I like Our Daily Bread Yearly Devotional Volume 2.

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  38. I like them on FB (Sarah Smile).
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