Full Title: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story
This is the first Kyle Idleman book that I read. Just when I needed to forgive someone, Grace Is Greater came to my rescue—a very timely read indeed.
The author’s willingness to be vulnerable by sharing almost everything—not leaving out the ugly parts of his stories—is commendable. I especially love his humor, which is sprinkled on random parts of the book, so random that I would find myself smiling then crying; praying then crying; and crying then smiling again during the entire read.
I can’t believe I finished reading the book in its entirety in just two-weeks time. That’s how engaging it has been! Turning its last page was a bittersweet moment.
The grace stories included in this book are moving and amazing at the same time because they’re all real. Reading this book made me recall the grace I’ve experienced in my own life through the years.
I recommend this writing to people who want to know more about grace, especially to those who want to appreciate grace more than ever.
Whenever my father would ask me to do something or go somewhere, I would normally say no. My usual reason was either I was doing something else or I didn’t feel like going somewhere. For years, I’ve given him the same response; so I thank God for the patience He’s given to him during that season.
This morning, he woke me up asking me to attend a meeting as his replacement. Guess what? I said no. As his excuse, he said he had a cold; I told him I was sick, too, so he should go instead. Then I remembered my #oneword for this year—FOLLOW. Hence, I mustered all the motivation I had to get out of bed and go out of my way.
I would be with a group of pastors during the trip, so I never thought the next hours would be fun or even anything close to that; but God has His way of surprising us almost all of the time. I went home smiling and grateful that this time, I said yes.
P.S. When it was time for me to say goodbye, they uttered: “Bye, tropa!” I couldn’t laugh any harder!
How do you define success? What makes you consider a person successful? Success means different things to different people. To some, it’s about being able to accomplish their goals; to some, it’s graduating from college and having families of their own; to some, it’s being financially stable; and still to some others, it’s being able to sleep for 8 hours a day.
During my first two years in high school, my cousin used to wake me up in the morning and even help me get dressed by putting on my socks and necktie. She would also do my homework whenever I got too tired and sleepy to finish it. I could tell how proud she was of me by the way she spoke about me in front of other people. How she’s supported me in every way she could is beyond ordinary. Over the years, many things have changed, but how she cares is an exception. To me, she’s one of the most successful people for she knows how to love, and she’s expressed it so well.
My cousin and I more than two decades ago…
If success is measured by how much you love, how successful are you?
I came to know Omf Literature when I was 3 years into college, though I don’t remember now exactly what brought me to their store at Boni Avenue. Most likely, the Left Behind series, co-authored by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye being on sale was what drew me to the place. At the time, I could buy only a book or two at once, so I’ve had to keep coming back to the store until I almost completed the series. Then, a friend gave me a copy of Philip Yancey’s “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” which has become one of my favorites. Later on, I found out that it was also published by OMF. That, I think, jump-started my bookworm journey. I’ve discovered and got fond of various authors and their works over time. Now, I’m a certified bibliophile—a staggering fact, which my mother and brother are having a difficult time to accept to this day.
Save for 5 books, all of these are some of the prizes I’ve won through OMF’s online contests via their Facebook page. Sometimes, I still can’t believe they could be as generous as they’ve been through the years. I still get excited whenever they put up a new contest or raffle, which they often do; so do yourself a favor by visiting their Facebook page every once in a while. You’re welcome!
I’ll always be astounded by how God works in our hearts enabling us to put others before ourselves because for many (including myself), it doesn’t come by default. These people, they don’t get paid to do this—almost every week, they meet to discuss ways to draw young people to Christ; there have been times when they would go hungry when funds were not enough; they sacrifice time with family, friends, and rest; they endure scoldings from parents for doing church stuff; add to all these their being underappreciated. Some of them hold full-time jobs, the rest are students—meaning their hands are already full, but despite it all, here they are, pouring their hearts out…
“Dear Youth Leaders, know that what you do is creating an impact so great that it can turn things around for so many young people out there. I, for one, know that doesn’t seem like so most of the time, but your impassioned endeavors are changing lives everywhere. Keep at it!”