Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday PDF

Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday PDF



10 thoughts on “Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday

  1. Louisa Louisa says:

    Uplifting and pleasant, but not world shaking or life changing A nice devotional tool.


  2. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Are you really living your life to the fullest While you ponder this question, let author Shane Stanford take you on a journey of self discovery, where you will learn to Make Life Matter and Embrace The Joy In The Everyday Making Life Matter is a thought provoking book full of inspirational chapters to guide you through your self discovery and personal growth towards living your life to the fullest In a thoughtful way, author Shane Stanford provides the reader with a lot of inspirational insig Are you really living your life to the fullest While you ponder this question, let author Shane Stanford take you on a journey of self discovery, where you will learn to Make Life Matter and Embrace The Joy In The Everyday Making Life Matter is a thought provoking book full of inspirational chapters to guide you through your self discovery and personal growth towards living your life to the fullest In a thoughtful way, author Shane Stanford provides the reader with a lot of inspirational insight to reflect upon each chapter begins with a selected scripture, interesting stories to ponder, and each chapter ends with journey points selected scripture readings for each day of the week life questions and a prayer.Highlights of the chapters that are inspirational and motivational We are not measured by the events that surround us We are measured by what we do with those events, circumstances, and situations and by whether we allow them to get the best of our journeys or whether we make each moment of each day mean somethingMaking choices in your life we do have a choice It is not always an easy choice It is not always the desired choice And it is definitely not always the certain choice But in making that choice each day, we give ourselves a chance to make life matter Choose each day to make it count Every day is an opportunity Life matters because we make it so Life is about perspective and perception We shape how we view the details, decisions, and demons that life blows our way The key is whether we see what sails heavenward as something to celebrate or we see what lands upon as as something to fear We have the choice to make either so The author provides principles to making life matter to motivate you as you go along your journey These principles are geared toward all aspects of your life relationships, choices, communication, direction and faith, just to name a few.Making Life Matter is a short inspirational and motivational book that you can easily reference back to on a daily basis The principles and motivational prompts are easy to relate to, and will provide enough food for thought for a daily devotional or weekly study group.Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the publisher Abingdon in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.Virtual Book Tour Event On Friday, May 18, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author Shane Stanford participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.http jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot


  3. Iola Iola says:

    Making Life Matter begins with the stories of three historical figures, and how they overcame significant personal challenges to achieve, to make their lives matter In the same way, the author of this book, Shane Stanford has overcome his own challenges He was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1986, having caught the disease from contaminated blood Remember that at this time there was a huge stigma attached because AIDS was seen as a homosexual disease, God s punishment on the gay community I fir Making Life Matter begins with the stories of three historical figures, and how they overcame significant personal challenges to achieve, to make their lives matter In the same way, the author of this book, Shane Stanford has overcome his own challenges He was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1986, having caught the disease from contaminated blood Remember that at this time there was a huge stigma attached because AIDS was seen as a homosexual disease, God s punishment on the gay community I first heard of AIDS in around 1984, and a diagnosis was seen as a death sentence I am amazed that someone diagnosed that early is still alive I started reading this one Sunday afternoon The theme of that Sunday s sermon was to choose life and that was exactly the choice that Slade was faced with after his diagnosis His grandfather challenged him to choose life, choosing to live each day to the fullest, choosing to make his life matter But this book is not about Pastor Shane Stanford as inspiring a story as that would be It is about you and me, working to improve our relationships, to change, to make our lives matter.Why is this important Stanford quotes a study from Willow Creek Community Church, famous for leading many changes the way church functions, from worship music to how people joined in community They found that these changes provided little to no impact on whether or not people remained in the church Put simply, the people studied said they felt shortchanged by the glitz and glamour , and what they really wanted were ministries that drew them closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to who God had created us to be from the beginning The real issues on their minds and on their hearts were about identity about what really made life matter While this is a short book, it is not intended to be a book that one reads and forgets in the hurry of reaching for the next book in the pile Rather, it is meant to be read slowly, one chapter at a time, and to be meditated upon This is not a long book just an introduction and seven chapters and an epilogue that takes the message of the book for the indivdual and applies it to the organisation, the church I ve decided that I like reviewing non fiction, because I can say what happens at the end without it being a spoiler At the end of each chapter is a weeks worth of Bible readings, a Psalm, some questions for reflection or discussion and a prayer Making Life Matter could therefore be used as the basis for personal devotions or for a weekly group study Recommended.Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review This review also appears on my blog, www.christianreads.blogspot.com


  4. Stacie Stacie says:

    The author of this book has had to overcome some amazing life changing challenges that were pretty early on in his life But, he chose to choose life and happiness This book chronicles his life choices along with other famous people who have had struggles and chose to rise above rather than give up People like Felix Mendelssohn, Gilda Radner, Zacchaeus, and Don Sutton baseball pitcher are featured throughout the book and give you a glimpse into a life you didn t realize happened before the The author of this book has had to overcome some amazing life changing challenges that were pretty early on in his life But, he chose to choose life and happiness This book chronicles his life choices along with other famous people who have had struggles and chose to rise above rather than give up People like Felix Mendelssohn, Gilda Radner, Zacchaeus, and Don Sutton baseball pitcher are featured throughout the book and give you a glimpse into a life you didn t realize happened before the good stuff arrived in their lives Each chapter focuses on a different mind set and challenges you through Scripture and deep, thought provoking questions, to think differently.When I saw the premise of the book, I thought, that is my life Is all this that I am doingthe craziness, the volunteering, the unending to do lists..does it all matter Is it really getting me anywhere Is there JOY in my everyday living Well, this book will bring it all together for you And, as this book will explain to you, if you are going to take this trip through life and make it matter, Jesus needs to be along side of you Some excellent quotes from the book We are not measured by the events that surround us No, we are measured by what we do with those events, circumstances, and situations and by whether we allow them to get the best of our journeys or whether we make each moment of each day mean somethingPg 6 We do have a choice..in making that choice each day, we give ourselves a chance to make life matter Pg 12This quote was one of those AHA statements for me, and maybe it will be for you too God s goal is to bring us closer, not to send us on some game of theological hide and seek He wants us to find Him, and then find each other through Him Pg 53Finally, another of my favorite parts of the book was Stanford s focus on THE LORD S PRAYER For so many of us, it is basically a prayer from memory, but when was the last time you actually thought about the words you were saying..not just speaking them from memory Stanford breaks the sentences down for us and gives us a beautiful reflection on the prayer.This book isn t added work, it is bite size and manageable in your everyday schedule to ponder, reflect, and really think about what matters If you are looking for direction or focus, check out MAKING LIFE MATTER by Shane Stanford today You can purchase the book HERE One way or another, by your action or inaction, you define your journey Wouldn t you rather it be for the better, making a difference that can change your little piece of the world Pg 16


  5. Ibjoy1953 Hannabass Ibjoy1953 Hannabass says:

    My Thoughts On This Book In this book, Shane Stanford usues his own story in showing his readers how they can change the course of their lives and make life matter, no matter the circumstances The author overcame being HIV positive, a disorder that came from bad blood, literally In the day and age that HIV was pointed to the gay community, this was especially difficult for the author, But he survived, and so can you The author also tells the stories of several other people who overcame their My Thoughts On This Book In this book, Shane Stanford usues his own story in showing his readers how they can change the course of their lives and make life matter, no matter the circumstances The author overcame being HIV positive, a disorder that came from bad blood, literally In the day and age that HIV was pointed to the gay community, this was especially difficult for the author, But he survived, and so can you The author also tells the stories of several other people who overcame their difficulties in life to go forward and live a successfully fulfilled life Join Shane Stanford as he relives the most difficult moments of his life in order to help others overcome theirs I recommend this book to anyone facing any difficulty As you follow the authors tips and suggestions, those he followed in his own life, you will be able to live a life changing successful life This book was provided by PUYB and Abingdon Press I was not expected or required to write a positive review The opinions in this review are mine only


  6. Wendy Hines Wendy Hines says:

    Shane Stanford wants his life to matter and so should you Making Life Matter is just a small book, but with a big message that creates an even larger impact Each chapter is followed by a prayer, journey points and life questions you can ask yourself, or share in a group He discusses his own life and the choices he has made, as well as several other significant people Shane shows us the way to take simple steps daily to achieve our principals and make our life matter It s very easy to read a Shane Stanford wants his life to matter and so should you Making Life Matter is just a small book, but with a big message that creates an even larger impact Each chapter is followed by a prayer, journey points and life questions you can ask yourself, or share in a group He discusses his own life and the choices he has made, as well as several other significant people Shane shows us the way to take simple steps daily to achieve our principals and make our life matter It s very easy to read and understand, sprinkled with proverbs and Psalms It s a book to be cherished, read at your leisure and return to again and again I think it would be great for Sunday school discussions, as well


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Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday ❰KINDLE❯ ❄ Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday Author Shane Stanford – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In a world of fast paced schedules and priorities, conversations about what makes for a life well lived are a rarity and a luxury But what if the daily pace of life held in itself the way to make choi In a world of fast paced schedules Matter: Embracing ePUB ´ and priorities, conversations about what makes for a life well lived are a rarity and a luxury But what if the daily pace of life held in itself the way to make choices significant What if the daily to do lists gave a glimpse into how people might change their future What if the daily grind, as Making Life Kindle - arduous as it might seem, held the key to a life full of meaning and potential What if everyday, simple steps, instead of some complex list of seemingly unattainable principles, showed how to make life matter Making Life Matter answers these questions and shows that the steps for making life matter are found in rather ordinary decisions, attitudes, and patterns found in normal routines Author Life Matter: Embracing ePUB ☆ Shane Stanford will confront the way in which God, every day, means for us to live deeper, closer, and better in him in essence, the way God intends for life to matter.

10 thoughts on “Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday

  1. Louisa Louisa says:

    Uplifting and pleasant, but not world shaking or life changing A nice devotional tool.

  2. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Are you really living your life to the fullest While you ponder this question, let author Shane Stanford take you on a journey of self discovery, where you will learn to Make Life Matter and Embrace The Joy In The Everyday Making Life Matter is a thought provoking book full of inspirational chapters to guide you through your self discovery and personal growth towards living your life to the fullest In a thoughtful way, author Shane Stanford provides the reader with a lot of inspirational insig Are you really living your life to the fullest While you ponder this question, let author Shane Stanford take you on a journey of self discovery, where you will learn to Make Life Matter and Embrace The Joy In The Everyday Making Life Matter is a thought provoking book full of inspirational chapters to guide you through your self discovery and personal growth towards living your life to the fullest In a thoughtful way, author Shane Stanford provides the reader with a lot of inspirational insight to reflect upon each chapter begins with a selected scripture, interesting stories to ponder, and each chapter ends with journey points selected scripture readings for each day of the week life questions and a prayer.Highlights of the chapters that are inspirational and motivational We are not measured by the events that surround us We are measured by what we do with those events, circumstances, and situations and by whether we allow them to get the best of our journeys or whether we make each moment of each day mean somethingMaking choices in your life we do have a choice It is not always an easy choice It is not always the desired choice And it is definitely not always the certain choice But in making that choice each day, we give ourselves a chance to make life matter Choose each day to make it count Every day is an opportunity Life matters because we make it so Life is about perspective and perception We shape how we view the details, decisions, and demons that life blows our way The key is whether we see what sails heavenward as something to celebrate or we see what lands upon as as something to fear We have the choice to make either so The author provides principles to making life matter to motivate you as you go along your journey These principles are geared toward all aspects of your life relationships, choices, communication, direction and faith, just to name a few.Making Life Matter is a short inspirational and motivational book that you can easily reference back to on a daily basis The principles and motivational prompts are easy to relate to, and will provide enough food for thought for a daily devotional or weekly study group.Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the publisher Abingdon in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.Virtual Book Tour Event On Friday, May 18, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author Shane Stanford participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.http jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot

  3. Iola Iola says:

    Making Life Matter begins with the stories of three historical figures, and how they overcame significant personal challenges to achieve, to make their lives matter In the same way, the author of this book, Shane Stanford has overcome his own challenges He was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1986, having caught the disease from contaminated blood Remember that at this time there was a huge stigma attached because AIDS was seen as a homosexual disease, God s punishment on the gay community I fir Making Life Matter begins with the stories of three historical figures, and how they overcame significant personal challenges to achieve, to make their lives matter In the same way, the author of this book, Shane Stanford has overcome his own challenges He was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1986, having caught the disease from contaminated blood Remember that at this time there was a huge stigma attached because AIDS was seen as a homosexual disease, God s punishment on the gay community I first heard of AIDS in around 1984, and a diagnosis was seen as a death sentence I am amazed that someone diagnosed that early is still alive I started reading this one Sunday afternoon The theme of that Sunday s sermon was to choose life and that was exactly the choice that Slade was faced with after his diagnosis His grandfather challenged him to choose life, choosing to live each day to the fullest, choosing to make his life matter But this book is not about Pastor Shane Stanford as inspiring a story as that would be It is about you and me, working to improve our relationships, to change, to make our lives matter.Why is this important Stanford quotes a study from Willow Creek Community Church, famous for leading many changes the way church functions, from worship music to how people joined in community They found that these changes provided little to no impact on whether or not people remained in the church Put simply, the people studied said they felt shortchanged by the glitz and glamour , and what they really wanted were ministries that drew them closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to who God had created us to be from the beginning The real issues on their minds and on their hearts were about identity about what really made life matter While this is a short book, it is not intended to be a book that one reads and forgets in the hurry of reaching for the next book in the pile Rather, it is meant to be read slowly, one chapter at a time, and to be meditated upon This is not a long book just an introduction and seven chapters and an epilogue that takes the message of the book for the indivdual and applies it to the organisation, the church I ve decided that I like reviewing non fiction, because I can say what happens at the end without it being a spoiler At the end of each chapter is a weeks worth of Bible readings, a Psalm, some questions for reflection or discussion and a prayer Making Life Matter could therefore be used as the basis for personal devotions or for a weekly group study Recommended.Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review This review also appears on my blog, www.christianreads.blogspot.com

  4. Stacie Stacie says:

    The author of this book has had to overcome some amazing life changing challenges that were pretty early on in his life But, he chose to choose life and happiness This book chronicles his life choices along with other famous people who have had struggles and chose to rise above rather than give up People like Felix Mendelssohn, Gilda Radner, Zacchaeus, and Don Sutton baseball pitcher are featured throughout the book and give you a glimpse into a life you didn t realize happened before the The author of this book has had to overcome some amazing life changing challenges that were pretty early on in his life But, he chose to choose life and happiness This book chronicles his life choices along with other famous people who have had struggles and chose to rise above rather than give up People like Felix Mendelssohn, Gilda Radner, Zacchaeus, and Don Sutton baseball pitcher are featured throughout the book and give you a glimpse into a life you didn t realize happened before the good stuff arrived in their lives Each chapter focuses on a different mind set and challenges you through Scripture and deep, thought provoking questions, to think differently.When I saw the premise of the book, I thought, that is my life Is all this that I am doingthe craziness, the volunteering, the unending to do lists..does it all matter Is it really getting me anywhere Is there JOY in my everyday living Well, this book will bring it all together for you And, as this book will explain to you, if you are going to take this trip through life and make it matter, Jesus needs to be along side of you Some excellent quotes from the book We are not measured by the events that surround us No, we are measured by what we do with those events, circumstances, and situations and by whether we allow them to get the best of our journeys or whether we make each moment of each day mean somethingPg 6 We do have a choice..in making that choice each day, we give ourselves a chance to make life matter Pg 12This quote was one of those AHA statements for me, and maybe it will be for you too God s goal is to bring us closer, not to send us on some game of theological hide and seek He wants us to find Him, and then find each other through Him Pg 53Finally, another of my favorite parts of the book was Stanford s focus on THE LORD S PRAYER For so many of us, it is basically a prayer from memory, but when was the last time you actually thought about the words you were saying..not just speaking them from memory Stanford breaks the sentences down for us and gives us a beautiful reflection on the prayer.This book isn t added work, it is bite size and manageable in your everyday schedule to ponder, reflect, and really think about what matters If you are looking for direction or focus, check out MAKING LIFE MATTER by Shane Stanford today You can purchase the book HERE One way or another, by your action or inaction, you define your journey Wouldn t you rather it be for the better, making a difference that can change your little piece of the world Pg 16

  5. Ibjoy1953 Hannabass Ibjoy1953 Hannabass says:

    My Thoughts On This Book In this book, Shane Stanford usues his own story in showing his readers how they can change the course of their lives and make life matter, no matter the circumstances The author overcame being HIV positive, a disorder that came from bad blood, literally In the day and age that HIV was pointed to the gay community, this was especially difficult for the author, But he survived, and so can you The author also tells the stories of several other people who overcame their My Thoughts On This Book In this book, Shane Stanford usues his own story in showing his readers how they can change the course of their lives and make life matter, no matter the circumstances The author overcame being HIV positive, a disorder that came from bad blood, literally In the day and age that HIV was pointed to the gay community, this was especially difficult for the author, But he survived, and so can you The author also tells the stories of several other people who overcame their difficulties in life to go forward and live a successfully fulfilled life Join Shane Stanford as he relives the most difficult moments of his life in order to help others overcome theirs I recommend this book to anyone facing any difficulty As you follow the authors tips and suggestions, those he followed in his own life, you will be able to live a life changing successful life This book was provided by PUYB and Abingdon Press I was not expected or required to write a positive review The opinions in this review are mine only

  6. Wendy Hines Wendy Hines says:

    Shane Stanford wants his life to matter and so should you Making Life Matter is just a small book, but with a big message that creates an even larger impact Each chapter is followed by a prayer, journey points and life questions you can ask yourself, or share in a group He discusses his own life and the choices he has made, as well as several other significant people Shane shows us the way to take simple steps daily to achieve our principals and make our life matter It s very easy to read a Shane Stanford wants his life to matter and so should you Making Life Matter is just a small book, but with a big message that creates an even larger impact Each chapter is followed by a prayer, journey points and life questions you can ask yourself, or share in a group He discusses his own life and the choices he has made, as well as several other significant people Shane shows us the way to take simple steps daily to achieve our principals and make our life matter It s very easy to read and understand, sprinkled with proverbs and Psalms It s a book to be cherished, read at your leisure and return to again and again I think it would be great for Sunday school discussions, as well

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