Kindles are for fiction only. I can’t read non-fiction online. I need to underline, jot down questions, write notes and be able to easily go back and find a page that really spoke to me. I know there are tools to highlight and bookmark in Kindle but I need a neon green highlighter and a dog-eared edge of a page to make my reading truly sink in.
Recently, I had the privilege of reading Kathy Collard Miller’s newest book, Pure Hearted. I started reading on kindle then bought the paperback via Amazon prime. I am glad I did because it allowed me to write down answers to the reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter. It helped me dig deeper and apply what I had just read.
What you will pull out of the book may be different from what spoke to me. That’s the beauty of reading – we interpret it based on our own lives and experiences and situations we are facing at the moment. To me, the main focus of this book was to examine my motives in my life. Why do I do what I do? For fame? For attention? To fill a hole in my life? To be liked by others? Kathy challenges the reader to strive to pursue things in life in order to give God glory. A new mind shift for me for sure. Honestly, I didn’t understand what it meant to give God glory either.
Kathy quotes James M. Hamilton Jr. who says “I would suggest that the glory of God is the weight of the majestic goodness of who God is, and the resulting name, or reputation, that he gains from his revelation of himself as Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer, perfect in justice and mercy, loving-kindness and truth.”
Kathy says “I believe the primary way we can give God glory is to purify more and more of our heart’s motives.” How do I purify my motives when they are so mixed up with unmet needs and past wounds? By living in the Spirit. Allowing God to speak to us and nudge us through His Spirit that lives in the heart of every believer of Jesus Christ. So when he prompts you to rethink something you are about to do, rethink it. When you sense a roadblock, pause before you try to step over it. Allow God to direct more of what you do and why you are doing it.
The closer I am to God, the more glory He gets from my every day life. He’s a part of it and He’s seen by others in what I do. I love this. My focus, after reading this book, has been to listen to the nudge of the Holy Spirit. I also am committing my thought life to giving God glory. It’s not a public thing but my actions flow out of my thought life so He will be seen in it.
I encourage you to consider getting this book. It will challenge you while inspiring you to deepen your walk with Christ.
Dream Big! Pray Big!
You can order this book on amazon.