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Book Review: Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

This week I decided to do a quick book review/recommendation for John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. This is a book I read a few years ago, my pastor had given it to me as a gift. I was very happy to be receiving a book and let alone one I knew was good because… my pastor gave it to me! At this point in time, I was newly saved and still trying to figure things out. I was still unsure of who’s books I should read or which preachers were solid, so this gift was very much appreciated.

Although the book was a Christmas gift, I didn’t begin to read it until the summer time. Once I began to read it, I couldn’t put it down. In this book, Piper shows us the way Americans seek the American Dream, the comfortable life. Living a comfortable life might seem pretty nice, I must admit, but as Christians called by Christ, this is not our mission. We no longer live to satisfy our own needs or wants, we live to glorify God and make His name known.

There are many ways in which a Christian can make God’s name known; sharing the gospel in the streets, talking to friends and family about the wonderful gift God has given us, and possibly even through the other media such as blogging (see what I did there?).

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In this book, Piper goes through different topics such as The Beauty of Christ, Magnifying Christ, Making Much of Christ and Sharing Christ. Notice a pattern? The goal of this book is to help us make much of Christ in our everyday life. He ends the book with a plea to missions and this was very well done. He really explains the need to go to different parts of the world to share the Gospel and the importance of doing the Lord’s work and the beauty of it.

After finishing the book, I wanted to go on a missions trip as soon as possible. Unfortunately, even though my church was going on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic that summer, I was too late to be a part of it. I have yet to be able to go on a missions trip due to providential hindrances, but still, hope to go on one someday, Lord willing.

Below you’ll find a few quotes I picked from the book, just so that you can get an idea of what’s in it.

“Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.”

“He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”

“But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”

“My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it.”

“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.”

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

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Book Recommendations, Thoughtfulness

Reflections of a Dominican-American

Happy belated Dominican Independence Day!

This past week was Dominican Independence Day and when I think about the Dominican Republic I always come back to the years I lived there as a child. When I lived there I did not appreciate it at all, but now that I’m older I can’t help but feel nostalgic and wish that I could go back to those days. And because I am feeling nostalgic, I thought I’d share with you a bit about my heritage. I am a Dominican-American. I have lived most of my life in the United States but I hold close to my culture.

I didn’t grow up in the fancy or more advanced part of the Dominican Republic, I grew up in a small town by the beach with my dads side of the family. To this day, I have no clue what the nice parts of the Dominican Republic look like but hope to one day find out.

My grandfather had been a fisherman and his sons followed the same route. My grandfather, who we all know as Papa, ran a small pescadería (a fish market) and his sons and others provided the fish to be sold. My whole family lived by this beach, Papa’s beach. I lived with an uncle, his wife, and their children. They took me and my older brother in as if we were one of their own. My older brother always had a much more carefree spirit than me, I was more of a grumpy old troll stomping around, complaining about wanting to return to New York every time I got the chance.

Looking back, I wish I could simply return to those days when I lived by the beach. I wish I could just sit for a whole afternoon staring off beyond the coast and not worry about a thing or listen to the slapping of the palm leaves against each other on a windy day or the rain tapping at our tin roof on a stormy night.

Gone are the nights when we sat on the sidewalk when the light went out and told ghost stories about pepito (who just happened to be the protagonist of all our scary stories). Those are the moments that I cannot regain. I can only look back at them, just as someone looks into a snow globe, wishing that life stood still so that they could revisit those moments that were precious to them.

Nevertheless, I am proud that I can tell stories such as these. Simpler times I experienced as a child, the sweet memories of life on my beautiful island, the Dominican Republic. Maybe the reason I look back at those times with fondness is that, deep down, I regret not appreciating the time I had there. Maybe God had been trying to teach me contentment as a child and here I am, an adult reminiscing about time lost. Every once in a while my nostalgia leads me to write a short story, maybe I’ll share a few with you guys in the future.

I recently came across a book that I am interested in reading, it’s titled Too American to be Dominican. Too Dominican to be American. It’s funny because this is exactly how I feel sometimes. I think it will be a good read and might provide more insight into my beloved culture.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Book Recommendations: Part 3 Practical Books for Christian Men

Previously, I recommended books for Christian women and spoke about a few of my favorite fiction series but this week, I decided to have my friend and brother in Christ, Glenroy, recommend some books for Christian men. I figured it would be fitting to have a male perspective on the books since this post is geared toward men.

A little bit about my friend Glen, we have been friends for many years now. He has a such a serving heart, and I cannot count the times he has gone out of his way to pick me up and take me to church for our regular Sunday service and Bible study. That is only one small example of Glen’s help. He also helped a ton when my husband and I were planning our wedding. In fact, he was a groomsman, even though he did not want to be one. He stated he wanted to sit at our main table but didn’t want the groomsmen title. We made him one anyway and cannot picture our wedding without him.

If you read the prior post on how Mike and I started dating, you have my perspective of how things happened but Mike tells me that before he even asked me to date him, he had gone to Glen for advice and to ask about me. At this point, Glen had known me for a few years and gave Mike the thumbs-up. So, Glen has been there from the beginning of my courtship which led to my marriage and even before that. I trust his judgment when it comes to books and any biblical questions I may have. Both Mike and I are very fond of him and thank the Lord for placing him in our lives.

He is currently involved in a podcast titled “Stop and Think about it” that is run by one of the elders of my church along with other members. I will discuss the podcast further in the future but in the meantime, I advise you to check it out here. Glen plans to soon have a website of his own where he will provide resources for Christians.

Well, now that you have an idea of who my dear friend Glen is, here are his book recommendations. Enjoy!

The Ninety-Five Theses and Other Writings


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Martin Luther.  (by Penguin Group (USA) LLC) When Angie asked me to choose some must-read books for men, I was at a lost as to which to choose. This book quickly came to mind. It is not limited to just men, but I believe there are a lot of truths about biblical manhood in this small classic.  This book includes an eclectic collection of Martin Luther’s writings and sermons starting with the Ninety-Five theses which launched him to historical notoriety. It is one of the best books of its kind because it allows Luther, through his own words, to express what he believed without modern distortions. The best section for me was the chapter on “8 sermon’s in lent” where Martin counsels against the violence of some of is “so called” followers. The main thrust of his argument is a belief in the sovereignty of God and utter reliance on God. Luther came out of hiding, at peril of his life, to courageously counsel for peace. This is just one of many invaluable sections that demonstrate true biblical manhood and sincere theology that is much needed today.

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture

Reset. I recently received this book from one of my pastors. It is a small book, but it touched me in a deep way because of its practicality and the depth of its subject. David Murray wrote this book to teach men “how to learn to live grace-paced lives in a burnout culture”. If you or someone you know seems to be burned out in ministry and life, this book could be just what is needed. Murray lays out a clear biblical case for how men can “reset their lives and enjoy the healthy balance of grace motivation and grace moderation.” This not a dry theological book, heavy on data and light on solutions. This book is hands on. Murray lays out a step-by-step method for men to assess where they are in all areas of their lives, what needs to change, and how to create proper routines and biblical mindsets to avoid the burnout that so many of us face today. One of the nicest things about this book is Murray’s use of bible references, personal anecdotes and well-timed quotes from public figures we all know.  

This is a quick read and highly recommended.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

Love Life, Pilgrimage, Thoughtfulness

The Story of How My Husband and I Began Dating

Hey everyone, in light of Valentines Day, I thought I’d share how my husband and I started dating.

I met Michael at my church back in the late summer of 2013 and upon our first conversation I immediately knew he was ineligible for dating. I learned three things in our first, very brief conversation; He was in a relationship, he went to Continue Reading

Pilgrimage, Thoughtfulness

Resources for Christian Women: Part 2 (and why I won’t call myself a Feminist)

Resources to me come in many different forms. You have websites, books, apps, and podcasts. This week I will be focusing on a particular podcast series, but before I get into the content itself, I first want to share something that has been heavy on my heart. Recently the city of New York Continue Reading

Book Recommendations, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Book Recommendations Part 2: Must-Read Books for Christian Women

Last week, I went through some of my favorite fiction series. This week, I wanted to focus on books that can help us ladies in regards to spiritual growth. I have come across a ton of books in my lifetime and at first, when I switched churches, I was very wary about the books I would read. So when I would consider buying a new book, I took to the interwebs and researched the author’s bio to see what they are about, and what they believe. The books I decided to share today, I have Continue Reading

Book Recommendations, Reading Journey

Book Recommendations (Part 1: My Top 5 Favorite Fiction Series)

Hey fellow journeyers. I was out for a week, but alas, I have returned and am pleased to announce that I have completed my first book of the year! I have just finished book 10 in the Series of Unfortunate Events; The Slippery Slope. And although it is technically considered a children’s series, I am still proud of the achievement. Continue Reading

Blogging Journey, Blogging Life, Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

How to Persevere in your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!

Over the past few years, I had not made any significant New Year’s resolutions. For the most part, whenever I did set a goal, I would never attain it. This was discouraging so I decided not to make any more New Year’s resolutions. Until this year.
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Pilgrimage, Thoughtfulness

The Perfect Gift at Christmas

This month, I am slightly ashamed to admit, I have probably watched over 15 Hallmark Christmas movies and loved pretty much all of them. At this point, I can guess the plot, and pinpoint reoccurring themes like: a gingerbread house is made, there is a tree lighting ceremony, cookies are baked, trees are decorated, it snows, a man and woman fall in love. Half the time, one of the protagonists is from the city, or a small town person and moved to the city, and falls in love with the small town again. Somewhere Continue Reading

Gift Giving, Thoughtfulness

10 Practical Christmas Gifts for the Men in your Life

This holiday season has been a fairly productive one, though not exactly in the way I had hoped. To me, a truly productive holiday season is one spent running around with family, baking goodies, and quite simply preparing for Christmas. Instead, it has been work, work, and yes…more work. I had also intended to post on a more consistently Continue Reading

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