Book Review: The Real God

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Full Title:
The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him

Receiving a print copy of this book was more than a delighting surprise. It’s got a simple book cover. It’s kind of thick—almost 300 pages, but it’s never a boring read. All throughout, I’ve been eager to devour its every page, albeit the author did not have a sense of humor.

Ingram_RealGod_wSpine.inddThis is the first Chip Ingram book that I was able to read. I didn’t know much about the author; but through this book, I got to know him—and the real God even better. The author succeeded in making the attributes of God more comprehensible for ordinary people like myself. It made a number of subjects—justification, sanctification, and glorification—clear to me.

My tears have welled up many times while devouring the gems in this book. It was able to draw me again and again to the God who’s so loving and faithful yet just.

I love the “Live It Out—B.I.O.” portions. This is where readers are encouraged to pray about what has been covered by certain chapters. These include practical tips that we can apply to our lives and things that we can do alongside others. These prompted me to have the stuff written in these sections printed out on a few index cards for easy access.

Part of Chip Ingram’s life story, which he generously shared in this book, has encouraged me and even helped increase my faith in God.

Even before I read it in its entirety, it has already become one of my favorite books of all time! It even made me look forward to reading all of Chip Ingram’s other books.

Here are some of my favorite excerpts from this amazing book:

Pick up a copy of The Real God through the following links:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Christian Book
Goodreads

Living On The Edge Website

Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Still Getting Used To It

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Everything needs some getting used to, right? Then when we reach that point wherein something has already become part of our system, it becomes hard to even think about how we were able to live without it.

I’ve been doing this for years, and I must say I still haven’t got used to it. Before I get up on stage and even while I’m at it, I still feel a bit queasy yet excited at the same time. My palms sweat so much that I need to get ready a pair of handkerchiefs every single time!

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The Search

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I’ve been trying to read “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn via the WORDsearch app, but something has been making it hard for me to do so. There might be some glitch or something, which I already reported to the developer. Still I’ve thought of getting back to reading it every once in a while. Just last month, I saw it at a bookstore, and it was a hardcover edition! OH MY!!! 😍

I couldn’t afford it at the time, so I had to pass up the chance to finally own it and smell its pages. 😢 Since then, I couldn’t get it out of my head. It’s an awful case of finding the right book at the wrong time… 💔

Fast-forward to today, I’ve already moved on. I’ve learned to accept the things I cannot change. 😉 Earlier today, I had to buy some stuff. Then I remembered there’s a branch of the same bookstore where I was going, so I thought of taking a glimpse of their collection of books. I might just find “Heaven” there! 😍

A few seconds after I went out of the store, I checked my watch. The supposed “glimpse” had taken me almost two hours! 😱 I might not have found “Heaven,” but these made my heart full! 😍

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In life, we don’t always get what we want… but sometimes, we get more than what we originally wanted! 😉

Attention, Please!

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I was in haste and on a mission to catch someone earlier today. I had to meet her or all preceding efforts would be in vain.

I was about to cross the street. There was a private vehicle approaching. I waited for it to get past me. Then I took two steps forward all the while looking to my left to see if there’s another one. There was none, so I went on. As I looked to my right while taking another step, I bumped into the rear end of the vehicle that I thought was already distant or at least far enough for me to completely get to the other side. That one caught me by surprise! But I still managed to laugh at myself. Nyahahaha… 😄

How often does a person bump into a car instead of the car bumping into the person? Unusual, it is! Isn’t that what happens when we are always in a hurry? Miscalculated mishaps here and there. We get annoyed by the littlest of things. We get so focused on where we want to be that we don’t care anymore how we get there. In five years or less, one may be in a different situation—the one he’s worked hard for, but he may also become a different person—the one he’s never wanted to be. Hence, paying attention to what we’re becoming as we work hard to reach our goals is of great importance.

The Wind Beneath

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Day 011 January 11When schedules get tight, workload gets heavy, sleep becomes elusive, we thank God for the people who understand and support us all the way. They make our burdens bearable. We know we are blessed because we have them by our side. Their just being there is enough to overwhelm us in a positive way. We are only able to go on with whatever we’re tasked to do because of them. They’re the wind beneath our wings.

As for me, it’s always been my family who has sacrificed a great deal in order for me to do what I love to do. They have allowed me to spread my wings wide enough to get past through what’s in front of me. Aside from family, I thank God for friends who also extend their support in some ways.

P.S. I thought I had many Facebook likers; but after taking a second look, all I had was my mother!