Ambitious Christian Living, Ambitious Church Life, Uncategorized

Ambitions for Christ is moving to a new address!

After much thought and pray, I have decided to take the leap into making a real website home for Ambitions for Christ. This means I will no longer be posting here at my wordpress.com account. I’m so thankful for each one of you who are following me here and I would be honored if you came and checked out Ambitions for Christ’s new home-

www.ambitionsforchrist.com.

I would appreciate your prayers as my new site is currently a work in progress as I learn new techniques each day to build my website. This is definitely a learning experience and God is using it to teach me LOTS of patience and perseverance! 🙂

Thank you again for your kind comments and likes here and I hope to see you at my new address in the future!

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Current Reads, Uncategorized

Current Reads-Newton and Polly

Today I’m taking a break from my blog posts about giving (still working on smoothing out and crafting the next section on it.) But I still wanted to write and share something so I decided to highlight the current book I am reading.

First off, this book is a little out of my normal reading range. I tend to read non-fiction mostly but I am reading a Christian historical fiction called Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund. My husband is a librarian (I know, that is seriously the coolest thing ever that I am married to a librarian!) 🙂 ❤ And since he is a librarian, he is continuously getting new books into the library including this one. He suggested I read this particular fiction work because he knew that I am intrigued by all things music/hymn-related plus I love the period of history covered in this book and most of all, I love the story of the man highlighted in this book-John Newton.

Yes, the John Newton. The writer of the most beloved hymn Amazing Grace!  I have heard dramatizations of his life, read biographies about him, and was thrilled to see his life portrayed in the movie Amazing Grace a few years ago. He is just a wonderful example of what God can do with anyone!

Anyway, this book is loosely based on how John Newton met his future wife, Mary (Polly is her nickname.) I’m a little over half way through and enjoying it greatly. First, it is a nice quick easy read which is always great for this tired mama’s brain! 🙂 Second, it is a sweet retelling of the story of John and Polly’s first years together and how God changed both of them through their early years of courtship. So far, the only weird part about the book is the fact that it is almost trying to surprise the reader by hiding the identity of John and Mary by calling them mostly by Newton and Polly. The fact that the subtitle of the book is A Novel of Amazing Grace kind of gives away what the author seems to try to hide for much of the book. It’s just an oddity and not too distracting to the plot at all.

So I would highly recommend this book to Christian fiction lovers especially. And there we have it, another book being read!

What about you? Feel free to leave a comment on what you are currently reading or some of your favorite genres and authors. I always love the recommendations! 🙂

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Current Reads: Boundaries

This will probably be way behind the times but I am just now reading the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Considering the book was originally copyrighted in 1992 and I have heard rave reviews of it pretty much my whole life, it is odd that I am just now getting around to reading it. But I am. Like I said, I’m behind the time! 🙂

Even in the first 100 pages that I have made it through in the past two days, I am amazed at how much I have to learn yet about setting boundaries in my own life. To be honest, I grew up in the pretty ideal situation talked about in this book and I still struggle with my people pleasing tendencies and a reluctance to say a healthy “no” from time to time.

Now that my husband and I are raising a little girl who is showing a very strong independent streak, I think this book is striking close to home in whole new ways for me too. I’m excited to keep reading it and see how to prayerfully apply what I am learning from the pages to my own life as well as how to apply those lessons to my parenting of Laura. Deep breath. Who knew parenting could be so challenging some days? (Oh yeah, every other parent that has ever lived! 😛 )

What about you? Have you read the book Boundaries? What were your thoughts on it? What did you take away from the book that has helped you personally or as a parent? I would love to hear about it!

Also, let me know what you are currently reading so I can add it to my already incredibly long To-Read Lists on Goodreads! 🙂

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