Monday, August 18, 2008
Beyond Me: Living a You-First Life in a Me-First World by Kathi Macias
New Hope Publishers, 2008
Available from Amazon.com
Living with others in Mind: Beyond Me is an invitation to pursue true discipleship. Using sometimes humorous but always vulnerable and meaningful examples, Beyond Me ties together current, historical, and biblically documented insights and teachings to encourage you to aspire to the higher calling of true discipleship. Beyond Me is appropriate for individual or small-group settings.
Ms. Macias has packed so many wonderful examples, into this book, of living the Christian life of discipleship (following Jesus).
A lot of the book focuses on the fact that without God we can do nothing. It is our responsibility, as His “Bride”, to seek out and grow our relationship with the Lord, and to lean on Him in every circumstance.
I loved how Ms. Macias frequently explained things throughout the book. Not only would she quote passages of Scripture, but she’d break those passages down and explain them bit-by-bit, so that you got a better understanding of what was being presented.
This is a wonderful book about what it means to follow Jesus, day in and day out: It’s about laying down our own selfish, “me-first” ways, and following His “you-first” example.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written more than 15 books, including the best-selling devotional A Moment a Day and the popular “Matthews” mystery novels. She has written commentary for the student edition of the Spirit-Filled Life Bible and was part of the devotional team for the New Women’s Devotional Bible. Kathi has won many awards, including the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, and the grand prize in an international writing contest. With women’s ministry as her primary interest, Kathi is a popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, and churches.
Kathi also recently was presented with the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the Golden Scrolls Award banquet. The award is given for accomplishments in both writing and speaking, but also in contribution to the approximately 250-member group of professional writing and speaking women.
A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.
Visit Kathi’s website at: www.KathiMacias.com