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In just one week, we will begin to take preorders for my new book, Using What’s Broken to Boldly Shine. I’m humbled and excited to be able to share with you the message I feel God has laid upon my heart. I have been getting some early reviews back in and I have been blown away by how positive they have been! I have spent many, many hours trying to craft a powerful, impacting message of hope and freedom from the spiritual tunnels we find ourselves in, but you just never know how others are going to perceive it until they tell you. Here’s a few that, if I’m being honest, made me tear up a bit:
Barb Lownsbury’s writing style is very compelling and immediately draws in the reader from the first word. I like the way she has outlined Using What’s Broken to Boldly Shine to help the reader immediately do something–and offers points that can be taken. This is a book that deserves a wide read – Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church
From a personal point of view, Barb’s approach to friendships and relationships contains some of the best advice I’ve read. I was profoundly impacted. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to go deeper in their relationship with God and work through their challenges in a conversational, approachable way. – David Hermon, Professor of Psychology, Marshall University
Barb does a wonderful job of blending Scripture with personal experience. The reader will leave this book encouraged to keep on, and convicted to put the first things first in their lives. I encourage anyone who is not sure what or where to go next, to invest time into this study–you will not leave unchanged! – Beth Guckenberger, author/speaker and co-executive director of Back2Back Ministries
Barb’s writing is seamless and interesting, easy-to-read yet packed with meaning and reference to so much inspiring and applicable scripture. Reading Using What’s Broken to Boldly Shine is like talking with a spiritual advisor, psychologist, social worker and friend all rolled into one! -Cathy Liggett, award winning author.
I hope you will consider preordering my book next week. In the meanwhile, here is a brief excerpt from my chapter on Intentionality:
I love the outdoors. When I lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, there was a National Park trailhead not more than 30 seconds away from my home. I could hike to my heart’s content, inhaling the woodsy fresh scent of the Ponderosa pines, their fallen needles cushioning my every step as I explored the beauty around me. The night sky was so clean and clear, I could see the milky way galaxy just walking out into my backyard. If I took even a few minutes of time, I could easily find a falling star to wish upon. It was, in a word, gorgeous.
I have also lived in places that were anything but gorgeous. There was no innate beauty around me to admire, no nearby natural escapes to wander through. The main parts of town looked unkempt and forlorn. The landscape was monotonous, boring.
I have found life can be much the same way. What God wants for each one of us is a beautiful, amazing journey along a pathway specifically designed for us. Yet all too often, we get so busy making our plans, setting our goals and striving for some future date or situation, that we miss the daily choices and decisions God lays before us that allow our forward movement toward that beautiful, rich path. Our life begins to feel like drudgery because we keep treading the same old rutted, well-worn road we understand but don’t deeply enjoy. We know we want better, but we don’t stop long enough to listen each and every day for the ways the Lord is trying to direct us to the bountiful journey He has marked out for each of us.
Intentionality is all about making plans with God instead of making plans and hoping God will somehow come along for the ride. Do you know how long some researchers say the average New Year’s resolution lasts? Thirty-six hours. That’s it! Without true motivation that comes from developing a vision with and connection to God, our intentions fall by the wayside.
Intentionality in itself is discovering through prayer and reflection with God what steps you need to take and how you will need to take them. It’s more than making plans; it’s making God central to your plan making. Like every other quality we’ve explored, intentionality is a process that grows and evolves with you over time as God directs your steps.
PREORDERS BEGIN NEXT WEEK!