Friday, February 26, 2016

Come Empty: Pour Out Life's Hurts and Receive God's Healing Love by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

About the book:
Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love (SonRise Devotionals, March 2015)

When a water vessel is filled with dirt and stones, it cannot be used to quench a thirst.

But, when this vessel is emptied, there is an opportunity to fill it until it overflows with fresh, cool, life-giving water. Water that quenches. Refreshes. Soothes.
Our souls are the same: filled with fear, doubt, and disappointment. Running over with unanswered prayers and lingering questions. When we empty the mess of our lives in the presence of God, we’re offered an invitation to come. An invitation that allows us to come empty – so that we can be filled until we overflow.
Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Love guides you through fifty days of experiencing the fullness of God’s love and His ability to overcome life’s hurts. Each day, you will receive assurance of God’s presence in your difficult situations. Each devotion gives new vision and perspective when you’re hindered by emotional blind spots, and leads you to experience God’s peace and wholeness. When His invitation is accepted, He will set your captive mind and heart free to live fully by His grace. The question is not if you will get an invitation. The question is, will you come?

About the author:
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board Certified internal medicine physician. She shares with audiences nationwide on the topics of eliminating limiting emotions, finding grace in difficult places, and experiencing personal renewal by drawing near to God. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women's Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the founder of I Choose My Best Life. Her other books include award-winning "Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves."

Margie’s Comments: In Come Empty the author gives the invitation to her readers to take a 50-day Jubilee Challenge. The first two chapters set the circumstances and reasons we need to accept the invitation to come into the presence of God, empty vessels needing to be filled with the knowledge of Him and the presence of the Holy Spirit. She has written 80 devotionals and suggests different ways to accomplish the 50-day challenge.
            So in order to do a proper review, I read several of the devotionals that start the process of coming empty into the Lord’s presence. Then I consulted the topical index at the back of the book to select a few that spoke directly to a specific issue I struggle with in my walk with God. And wham! Bang! The Lord caught me off-guard with one passage of scripture. It was innocuous enough, one I had quoted often to myself and to others struggling with the same issue. But when I read the context and personalized it . . . Well, it was exactly what I needed.
            This experience convinced me to complete the 50-day Jubilee challenge as set forth in Dr. Sandra Dalton-Smith’s Come Empty. Accept the Lord’s invitation to you and come empty, thirsty and needy, into His presence. It will change you because God’s Word never goes out without accomplishing the purposes God intended (Isaiah 55:9–10). I highly recommend Come Empty.
            (I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.)

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