|A prominent book on my shelf this year.|
During the first week of 2013, I meandered my way down the aisles at T.J. Max, one of my favorite places to find hidden treasures. I have enjoyed 2 or 3 of Debbie Macomber's novels and saw her name on a nonfiction hardback for only $3. I used to think that cheap meant it was a dismal failure -- not true, just perhaps under appreciated.
The first novel of her massive collection of works I discovered was "Twenty Wishes," a tale of hope and excitement about the future I can highly recommend. I wondered how her nonfiction would be.
Even with a 20 plus year background in Christian ministry, I find most religious self help books insulting, fluffy and downright useless. I was afraid Macomber would go the same direction, but she surprised me with a powerful read. She puts forth her Christian beliefs in a simple matter of fact manner that attracts and disarms rather than the usual "shoving it down one another's throat" approach. Thank you Debbie.
The gist of this book is that you find a meaningful word that you can live closely with for a year. You put the word places where you can see it daily, study it, use it, live with it, chew on it, needlepoint it -- discover the depth of its meaning for you in a profoundly intimate way that takes you further on your spiritual journey. Macomber shared from a number of years of her experience with having one perfect word each year.
I am a word person. The power of words is unarguable. The power of one word can be razor like. The power of a word that one has been inspired to grow with can be life changing.
With endless possibilities before me I couldn't wait to find my word for all of 2013. I pondered the words-- "family," "journey," "love," and a few more. Much of what I hope to do this year requires me to create and to fully engage in that act. My perfect word is CREATE.
|My perfect word, placed gently in a nest, waiting to be hatched, ready to grow with me.|