Saturday, October 3, 2009

Blog Tour: Intimate Conversations: Devotions to Nurture A Woman's Soul

Are you tired? Thirsty? Do you desire something warm and toasty - like a cup of hot chocolate for your soul?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may want to pick up Alicia Britt Chole's newest book, "Intimate Conversations: Devotions to Nurture A Woman's Soul."

Through 52 devotions, Chole tackles a variety of subjects, all with one theme - things that stop us from fulfilling our desire for a deeper, richer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Chole sums up her thoughts surrounding this work with a simple statement.

“I want to show women how each minute of every loud, distracting day is pregnant with potential for intimacy if we can learn how to simply and intentionally live it with God,” Chole said.

Each devo is paired with a set of questions for a small group discussion or reflective journaling.

Deovs that "Jumped" Out (a.k.a. That Spoke To Me...)
As I thumbed through the book, to get a feel for Chole's writing style, a few devos jumped out, and made me want to stop and think about life.

One devo "Every Choice Is A Seed" talks about the choices we make, each day, using a garden/seed analogy. Each choice we make is a "seed" planted within the "garden" of our soul.

It made me wonder what my "soul's garden" might look like. Is it like my virtual garden on Facebook - dry, dusty and well, dead (yes, I haven't played Farm Town since the fall semester geared back up), or is it full and lush, like the gardens found at the botanical gardens?

Would someone want to take a picture of my "soul" and share it - talking about how beautiful it is, or would my soul's garden cause people to run in horror?

We all make choices. What choices will you make today?

The Call
Reading the devo entitled "The Call" made me realize that Chloe and I share a similar passion for working with youth.

The devo opens with the description of a pastor/worship leader asking students to stand if they feel "called" into full time Christian service/ministry.

Those who stood were celebrated - and rightly so - for the momentous decision they have made.

However, like Chloe, I wish churches/ministries would celebrate with our students who accept God's call on their lives to become doctors, teachers, lawyers, dentists, hair stylists, etc. Every job is essential in this world. Every job contains ministry opportunities. It may be that those in "regular" jobs have a greater opportunity to minister to others.

Chloe said in the devo that limiting a ministry calling to professional ministry label limits how all Christians, regardless of job title, are called in Mark 16:15 to go out and preach the good news throughout the world - Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone, everywhere.

The verse doesn't say "go out only if you are a youth pastor, minister or paid ministry staff. It simply says "go."

A Few Final Thoughts
I think Chloe's devo book will make you think. Hopefully, with 52 devos, at least one (or more) will speak to your soul - or at least make you think about things in a new way. The book is definitely going on my "referral" book for moms within my children's ministry.

More about Alicia Britt Chloe

Alicia Britt Chole speaks nationally and internationally to leaders, pastors, professionals, students, women, and churches. She has been a mentor for students and women for more than twenty years. She is the author of Anonymous and Finding the Unseen God. Chole lives in Missouri. Her website: is www.truthportraits.com

(From her website:) Alicia declared herself an atheist at the age of 9. Immediately after God interrupted her existence, He began sending her mentors who loved Jesus deeply and treasured His Word with integrity. Alicia spiritually grew up seeing, appreciating, and learning from an enriching collection of God's people including Baptist missionaries, Episcopal artists, Assemblies of God churches, Catholic writers, and charismatic ministers. Since moving to Missouri in 1996, the Choles have been members of New Life; a fresh, Bible-based, Jesus-centric church community.

More About Intimate Conversations
Intimate Conversations: Devotions To Nurture A Woman's Soul is now available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

The book has been selected as the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) theme devotional for 2009. Click here for more details.

For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell Books. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail

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