In the book A Still and Quiet Soul- Embracing Contentment by Cathy Messecar you’ll find a planned method for embracing contentment in your life. The author invites us to journey back into a childlike faith and to trust God’s plans rather than our own. She reminds us to stand on solid ground with God as our foundation and encourages us to pour out our complaints to the Father who listens.
On the path to to contentment, Messecar suggests having a “complaining fast” where you go one hour without complaining. The next day you add another hour, and you build yourself up to contentment. She also encourages wiping out worry, living a balanced life and finding freedom from overachieving. In the book she supports her ideas with scripture references.
Each of the twelve chapters in the book begins with a scripture reference and ends with prayers to quiet your soul. At the end of the chapters you’ll find a personal story of contentment and review questions for consideration.
About the Author
Cathy Messecar has taught women’s Bible classes for over 25 years. She also speaks at retreats and organizations such as garden clubs, Retired Teachers, MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) and writing guilds. She has also been a radio guest in Houston, Abilene, and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
She is in her tenth year of writing an inspirational column for the Friday religion section for Houston Community Newspapers, The Courier, Conroe, Texas, and has received a Roaring Lambs award from the Amy Foundation for one column. Cathy also received the award of Competent Toastmaster from Toastmasters International (speakers club).
A freelance writer, she has written for the Houston Chronicle, Christian Woman, Sisterhood, Power for Today, Christian Mirror Webzine and the Pen & Sword Newsletter for the Amy Foundation. She has also been a guest writer for other Webzines and the New Wineskins Magazine Blog. Her inspirational writings also appear in other devotional compilation books.
Her books include The Stained Glass Pickup ~ Glimpses of God’s Uncommon Wisdom and a co-authored book, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts ~ Stories to Warm Your heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holiday, both books published by Leafwood Publishers/ACU Press, available online and through bookstores. Her newest book A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment debuted March 2011 (a Bible study book suitable for individual or group).
Cathy’s interests include family and friends, snooping around antique fairs, collecting old linens, serving tea from her teapots and cups and of course, writing. She and her husband reside in Montgomery, Texas. From their rural farm, Leaning Tree Acres, they own and operate a trucking company, delivering rock and alfalfa. Cathy and David have two adult children and their spouses and through them five grandchildren. “Our children live on the farm or nearby. Just call us the Waltons.”You can visit her site at www.CathyMessecar.com
While I appreciate the offer to read and review this book, I was unable to make an emotional connection with it. I found I needed to read and reread a paragraph in order to understand it. I have no complaints with the book or author, it simply was not connecting with me. Maybe I already have a quiet soul and for me personally the book was not connecting. Give it a read and see if you have a different response, or read the other Amazon reviews to get a better feel for this book.
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