Friday, May 9, 2014

3 things about Angela's book

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She appeared before a room full of women, dressed in a tiara, tutu, and sash, waving a stick topped with a star (oops, a magic wand). Angela protests that my imagination is making up the tutu and sash. But to a person who hates dressing up (me), I remember thinking she'd dressed like a fairy godmother.

Actually, she was just making announcements at the women's conference, but she was brave, funny, creative - and dramatic. She offered a new perspective, while giving information and direction.

Her book - How to Love Your Crazy Family: 52 Quick Reads for No Ordinary Days - similarly engages our attention. She writes about her own family, full of gifting, quirks, and serious challenges, just like yours and mine.

Here are 3 things I liked about the book:

1. It's practical. If you have a family - especially one with special needs or disabilities, you'll learn important basic principles and practical advice. How to love by serving. How to nurture and encourage. How to show up with all your heart, to help your family grow. 

2. It's easy to understand. With good organization and plain language, Angela makes you feel hopeful about caring for our imperfect families. Whenever life feels crazy, it's possible to gain perspective, pick up the pieces, and move forward.

3. It's creative and funny. Angela's big heart and humor make this book is easy to read. You'll fall in love with her family and your own. You'll think deeply - while laughing aloud and empathizing with the Howard household and treasuring the people God's brought together - around her and around you!

I recommend it for anyone wondering if they'll survive the challenges of marriage and parenting. Angela shows us that where there's love, there's hope. Where there's life, there's potential. You'll enjoy this read, whether as a once-a-week meditation or if you pick it up whenever you need a lift.

Get to know the woman behind the smile:

Angela Howard

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*With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 NEV

*Let eve . ryone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift. Revelation 22:17 NEV

Moravian Prayer: Lord God, help us to live the life you have set before us. Although we do not always know of your plans, may we place our faith solidly in your hands. Amen

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