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Oh, Sweet Friend,

Today is the day. The long awaited day. Merry Christmas!

Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God is no longer a thought or idea but a reality, and one that happens to arrive on the day we celebrate the arrival of Christ. The thought alone nearly brings me to tears.

Over the last few years, I’ve invited you into this journey—writing the book, realizing what was lacking, and rewriting it. Word. For. Word. Then wrestling the words and ideas through another 50 or so drafts.

I have ached and cried and listened and laughed with many of you along the way. . . and you with me.

Above all, during this time, I’ve been praying for you. I’ve been praying that the Holy Spirit will awaken something so holy and beautiful and breathtaking inside of you as you read. If you read Wonderstruck and think, “Margaret wrote a nice or fine book.” I have failed miserably.

My prayer is that when you finish reading you cannot, you will not stay the same. My prayer is in a handful of pages God will awaken you to His presence in a whole new way. The book isn’t about my story—it’s about your story, and how God is chomping at the bit to reveal His power, glory, and might in your life.

Now this is a tall order. One only God can do. So I pray and pray and pray for you.

As you pick up and thumb (or index finger, if you’re a Kindle or Nook user) through a copy of Wonderstruck, may I encourage you to do the following:

Sip. Don’t gulp. Allow the words and imagery to ignite your imagination. Permit your mind to wander. Give yourself permission to pause and reflect. You don’t have to finish the section or chapter in a single sitting. Allow yourself to savor the stories and Scriptures, the colors and hues.

Invite the Holy Spirit. God graciously gives us the Holy Spirit. When we pause to invite God into our lives, our hearts, our thoughts, we can’t help but become more sensitive to the work He is doing in and through us. Ask God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to speak to you and be expectant for how He answers as you read and as you go through the day.

Pray for wonder. The original title for this book was And I Prayed for Wonder, and those words represent the heartbeat of the book. Not that I would pray for wonder, but you would pray for wonder and live wide eyed to how God might answer. Don’t just do it today, but tomorrow and the next and so on until God answers. And when He does, keep on praying, because you never know how God is going to expand your capacity to know and experience Him more.

Join with a friend and take the 30-Day Wonder Challenge. At the back of the book, you’ll find a 30-Day Challenge with simple activities to awaken you to the wonder of God all around. Some are simple. Some will ask you to be silent. Others to dive into the Scripture. Still others to take photos. And more. But all ask you to begin living awake to the presence of God in your life. Grab a friend and do it together so you can share the joy. Take a dive into the Wonderstruck Bible study together come the new year.  I assure you, God is closer and more intimately involved in your life than you ever imagined!

On this day, know you are loved and I’m wildly grateful for you.

Praying for wonder on your behalf!

Much love,
Margaret

 

*Original photo found here 

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Wonderstruck

Many of our Partymob members are already beginning to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK. Read their thoughts below and see how God desires to astound each of us with wonder upon wonder: Continue Reading...

Wonderstruck

A slew of readers have been asking, "When is your next book going to release?" And "What's it going to be on?"

I've been holding back the details until all the contracts have been signed and everything is official. Now I can let you in on the news!

But first, let me provide some context. When I write my books, I try to capture what God is doing in my life-through the study of Scripture, conversations with many of you, encounters, and adventures.

One of the things that I've noticed in increasing measure is how easy it is to lose my passion for Christ. Through the day-in, day-out demands of life, I grow sleepy to the things of God. This becomes particularly true in a time in history when uncertainty fills the air-in our world, our economy, our politics.

I try to tell myself that the challenges of life should push us closer to God, but all too often they I find myself a little further away.

Blindsided by unforeseen circumstances.

Knocked back by the story of pain or loss in someone's else's life or my own.

Overwhelmed by the daily demands that create a harried busyness that leaves me drained.

Stuck in a situation for which there seems no way of escape.

Maybe you've felt a little blindsided or knocked back, too. We're living in a time where there's a lot of sucker punches being thrown in all directions-loss of jobs, mysterious illnesses, financial difficulties, and a lingering uncertainty that leaves us all feeling more on edge.

Like many of you, I've continued pursuing spiritual disciplines including studying the Scripture, attending church, building relationships with fellow believers, giving, and more. But despite all these things, I can't deny that my faith seems lackluster. As I've prayed and tried to make sense of a world that often makes no sense at all, I found a prayer, a longing, a tucked away.

Quite unexpectedly one day, I began to pray for wonder. Sometimes the simplest prayers prove to be the most critical. If I had known what I was asking or how God would answer, I don't know if I would have had the courage to make the request.

God responded in the most unusual ways, ones that fill me with a sense of astonishment awakening me to the reality of his presence.

And so in January 2013, my next book on the wonder of God will release through Worthy Publishing. I just signed a contract for the corresponding Bible study with Lifeway. With a tight deadline for the study, I'm hard at work-exploring the Scriptures and noodling on ideas. The tentative title for the book and Bible study is: Wonderstruck: Recapturing the Joy, Awe, & Marvel That Comes With Being a Child of God.

Over the next six weeks or so, I'm going to be exploring some of the themes from the upcoming book and Bible study every Monday. I'd love for you to weigh in with your own thoughts, experiences, and insights.

Because I have a hunch that we all need a bit more of the wonder of God in our lives.