“Sand to Pearls” by Heidi McLaughlin
“Do you wish that you had a blueprint for a rich, fulfilling life?
Many of us mistakenly think that if we were prettier, smarter, had less obligations or a fulfilling romantic relationship we would, at last, be joyful and content.
chasing after false illusions of success can propel us to make unwise and detrimental choices. Ofter we remain stuck in our uncertain reality because we don’t know how to move forward.
…Heidi McLaughlin shares from her personal discoveries about how God can turn resentment into freedom, regrets into rejoicing and shame into radiance. If God can take a tiny insignificant grain of sand and turn it into a unique, gorgeous pearl, then He can certainly turn our insecurities, fears and worst decisions into a magnificent new beginning!” (taken from the back cover)
When I was sent the description of “Sand to Pearls” I knew this book was for me. And although I haven’t gotten all the way through it yet I am learning so much from it. This is not a sit down and read really quick book. This is a life changing, mind changing book to help you get on the right track/thought process of life.
The first chapter “Obligation or Invigoration: Is That a “Should” on Your Shoulder?”, really meant a lot to me. I’m usually the “yes, I’ll do it” at church. And a lot of times I really didn’t feel like do it, but felt “since it’s a church thing I SHOULD do it”. The funny thing was after reading this chapter I asked God to help me know when to say “yes” and when to say “no” when someone asks me to do something at church. That very next Sunday I had someone ask me if I would like to lead a lesson in their Sunday school in the next few weeks. Usually I would have just said “yes” right then but I asked them if I could get back to them the next day so I had some time to think and pray about it. In the end I wasn’t feel like it was the time for me to lead the group of kids and I was able to say “no” and not feel guilty about it. I couldn’t believe God gave me my first lesson that same week. He’s awesome like that.
The second chapter, “Sabotage or Success: Breaking the ‘Nobody’ Barrier”, is a chapter I need a lot of work on. I think I highlighted most of the chapter. But I know I am a somebody and that God loves me and has plans for me. I just need to let Him be in control.
Each chapter gives you a “problem” and examples of people who have gone through this problem and what God’s Word has to say about it. At the end of each chapter you get a sections called S.T.O.P. it gives you a Scripture, has you Thanking God, Observing what God is telling you and a Prayer.
I would recommend this book to all women. But please keep in mind your life will change. This book is also not for a woman’s Bible study as I think this one is for your personal growth. Maybe you could work through this book with one accountability partner, just so you could keep each other on track but I find in Bible studies we tend to say what we “should” say instead of what we really need to say.
You can see Heidi McLaughlin on 100 Huntley Street on May 20th. I know I will be watching as I am really interested in seeing what she has to say.
* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.