- Tapa blanda: 124 páginas
- Editor: Westbow Press (14 de abril de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1449715443
- ISBN-13: 978-1449715441
Rosebud Blooming: Hurting to Healing in His Timing (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 abr 2011
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Life can be full of difficult seasons that test your faith. No matter how long or painful your journey might be, you can find encouragement and grace to continue on, growing from these difficult seasons.
Instead of keeping the pain hidden, you will benefit by sharing the journey of this rosebud through that pain and growth, encouraging you with comfort and renewed faith.
Come along with Nancy Maggio as she shares the sin and fear she lived with in search of God to rescue her. As she exposes her hurts, personal habits, and broken relationships, you will see first hand the healings. Through God's abiding love, this rosebud is blooming.
"Nancy Maggio is an amazing woman with an amazing story! These poems and short narratives are so uplifting. Inspired by her own life journey, Nancy beautifully reveals a God who is always walking with us, in the darkest of times and in the best of times."
Bayless & Janet Conley
Cottonwood Church, Los Alamitos, California
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I used Reader for PC to read the book and I admit I did not like the panel format, but I loved the book. The book discusses moving forward, even when life has challenges. We need to find ways to move past the pain and depend more on God, during the good times and bad times.
I am not a perfect Christian. I have made plenty of mistakes. Some of my issues, I had to truly rely on God because I could not trust people. As we rely on God, we mature and blossom into more beautiful human beings.
The book presents stories and poems. The first poem was simply beautiful. It was entitled Unfolding this rosebud. The poem was saying the author was a rosebud, who could not grow because she was in so much pain. Her heart was hurting. She needed God to help unfold the rosebud and to help her grow, otherwise she would wither away and die. Seeking God and maintaining a relationship will also require maturity, wisdom, and and trust.
The other stories and poems have a reoccurring theme of listening and depending on God. One of the first stories discusses hearing a voice in the woods, and thinking it was grandma. Nancy and her brother heard the voice and ran towards it because her brother was hurt. The voice was God because their grandma did not know the kids were missing. Another good story involved an unplanned pregnancy and the boyfriend wanted an abortion; child molestation; single parenting; child illness; depression, and addiction
The book, discusses finding freedom in letting the past go. We have to free those old skeletons in the closet and give God the burdens, worry, and baggage. Let God handle our problems. I really enjoyed reading this book. I did identify with some of the author's stories and poems, especially on single parenting,, depression, and addiction.
Rosebud Blooming is a great Spiritual Growth book. Nancy Maggio wrote many stories about her struggles she faced through her teen years until just a few years ago. The stories always end with a great description about another 'peddle' being taken off and pasted back onto the 'Rose'. She is also a very talented poem writer. She adds poems about her life in this very exciting book and never leaves you without a thought of your relationship with God. Since the beginning of this book, I have seen a dramatic change in my relationship with God. She helps you understand the true meaning of the phrase "He is with you'.
Nancy explains her troubles from her teenage sex addiction to her youngest daughters fearful incident to the homosexuality of a dear member of her family. Every struggle, tear and fight she fought is worth the read and is definitely a book to consider if you have doubts about your faith, trust and relationship with God.
In conclusion, I have to tell you of the importance this book has taught me and I hope teaches you. As I ended the book reading a few verses from the Bible that she placed in there, I felt a clothe of peace around me that I have never felt before. I could feel God's presence around me more than I have ever had. My relationship with God has definitely taken a turn for the better all thanks to this sweet author who shared her life with us. I can guarantee to you that once you finish the last verse in this book (Psalm 73:23-24) you will feel what I have felt. I found myself smiling, crying and even feeling every emotion in my body shine through as I read this young woman's love for God.
Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens Me."
Annie (Tammy's daughter)
Nancy's heart has been on a wild roller coaster ride and it was amazing to me to see how God has shaped and changed her from the inside out. I love to read people's testimonies and see where God has brought them from, and to see evidence of God's sovereign hand lain out plainly for the whole world to see. To me, Nancy's story is proof that God works miracles in lives that are willing to see them happen.
This is a short read and didn't take me very long to finish, and yet, honestly, I really struggled with this book. Nancy has really been through some amazing things in her life, but I found a lack of depth to the way she told her story; a lack of passion in the written words. I found myself wanting to skim over parts and hurry on ahead to the next chapter. It wasn't a book I wanted to keep coming back to, but I would recommend it to those wanting encouragement if they are facing trials they do not think God can overcome.
I'm giving Rosebud Blooming 3.5 stars, because, even though Nancy's writing may not have been attention grabbing, her testimony of God's amazing power to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles definitely was!
**Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I found when reading that some of my experiences in life didn't seem so bad when I read some of what she went through. I found when something more difficult came up that she was facing I found that I could relate with some of the more difficult things I've faced. One being told to go home plan the funeral of my baby that I had been trying for, for fourteen years due to complications. I did go home however I did not plan the funeral. I planned on having the baby; although the pregnancy was difficult the blessing of him arriving two months early was all I needed. He's my joy my life. I found that through this book Nancy Maggio leans on Christ for her strength to get through all that life brings to her. She seeks Him, asks Him for help ~ I found this to be comforting. I too leaned on Christ for my son. He brought us through what could have been bad, but thanking Him daily for letting me carry him one more day was more than enough. I find when we lean on Christ for all that we face in our lives our days, weeks, months, years are much better, more joy filled.
I hope you find this book enlightening and helpful as I did. I loved how she tied this to a rosebud. You picture the bud just being there then one after another the petals begin to open. Then she writes of a full bouquet of rosebuds dying on the vine. She mentions how God's unfailing love allowed the bouquet to come out of the darkness and the petals to unfold and blossom. I just think of us as a child in the Lord we're like that rosebud....just starting to open as we learn and read the word of the Lord. As we grow in the Lord we become more like that blooming rosebud; we're beautiful ~
I would recommend this book to you if you need healing or just to see and feel some of her pain and life experiences that may help you through your own.
Disclaimer: To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I am disclosing that BookSneeze® provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
The process of reading this book felt a bit voyeuristic, like reading an edited diary. The book was a quick read and held my attention, as it is always interesting to look into someone else's life. Ms. Maggio presents the stories in a semi-chronological order that allows one to understand the unfolding of events. There are large gaps, though, between the paramount events in the author's life that make the story seems a bit choppy. The book also lacked certain details that would make a non-believing reader look more closely at God. The author refers throughout her book to "God coming into" her life and "hearing His voice," and I wanted to know more about this process, not more about the problem or trial itself. The author is positively attempting to use the hurts of her life to show others in similar positions that God is in these situations with them; she is trying to minister to them. I feel she could have been more effective if she had told more about what her encounters with God looked and felt like--not just that they happened. This book left me wanting details of her spiritual crawl out of despair, not just an account of how God swooped in and saved the day.
I must also mention the poetry presented throughout the book. These poems told a story of someone working through the pain of life using the mechanism of poetry. They are very simple poems with very simple rhyme schemes; not something for someone who is a lover of poetry. A reader must understand the role these poems play in the plot of the story, instead of reading the book as through the poems are the thing being showcased.
This is a book I would recommend to people I know struggling with the pain of life. It is healing to know that there are others who struggle. I would give the recommendation with a warning, though, that he or she should ask about spiritual questions that might be raised through the reading. I would not recommend the book simply as a "good read" to anyone. It is a work that has a specific purpose, to help the author and to help others like her.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com ([...]) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255