God’s Love is for Everyone

This chapter of Messy Grace is all about loving people and sharing with them how much God loves them. I cringe when I read this book. Honestly. It is making me think and walk a fine line that feels like a tightrope.  Today though, as I made it through about two-thirds of the chapter, I…

Understanding Messy Grace

Caleb gets right to the heart of his message in chapter two – “if we are going to understand messy grace, then we have to understand how to love people, no matter who they are.” This is the statement that best sums up the chapter. He does tell a portion of his story and shares…

Coming Out at Church

The first chapter in Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach is about the first time he spoke as a pastor about his youth and growing up with a lesbian mother and a gay father (they were married, but came out, and got divorced). It is hard to read about how nervous he was just prior to…

New Book Day

I’m starting a new book Monday, but I thought I’d give you some background information on it and its author today.  As the byline says, “How a pastor with gay parents learned to love others without sacrificing conviction.”  We need so much more love, acceptance, and tolerance in this world. If all we ever looked…

Four Question Friday on Thursday 

It’s time for Four Question Friday! Cindi McMenamin’s book, When God Sees Your Tears, was good. Not my favorite, but good. So, the questions…ready? Was this book based in scripture? Yes. The entire book was based around the story of Hannah in the Bible and her longing for a son and God’s subsequent blessing.  Did…

Decisions

When I started Life Down This Road, I already had a successful blog, My Daily Rock, which I have been writing on for nearly a year. On that blog, I review Christian books for two week time periods in an effort to find books that draw me into a deeper relationship with God.  I tell…

The End

I came the the close of this book today. Cindi did a wonderful job of wrapping all of her ideas into a final chapter and I found it the most powerful of them all.  It’s so hard to see the blessings that come from our challenges, especially while we are in the middle of them,…

During

So much struck me in chapter 9 of this book today. One of the things that she quotes is “God doesn’t tell us to be thankful for our circumstances, but to be thankful in them.” That’s in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 18. So many circumstances in life leave us confused and searching for answers….

Making Sacrifices

Sacrifice. Ugh! That’s a hard one and something that I don’t like. I don’t even like to talk about it. Cindi does a wonderful job discussing it in chapter eight. She talks about how God sees our sacrifices and our need for them or our need for what they can do for us.  I feel,…

Chapter Four – Pouring It Out

This chapter is all about crying and pouring your heart out to God. Good stuff. It’s hard, sometimes, to remember it’s okay to cry and that God is okay with it too. He doesn’t expect us to suck it up all the time and to be strong every minute. He knows life is hard and…