Intrigued and Inspired

>> Monday, October 1, 2012

This week's meme letter is "I"... off we go...

While bouncing along on my treadmill, I’ve taken to watching TV. Figured that if I can sit on my duff and stare at the boob tube, I can get in a workout during the evening entertainment shows.

Most of the time the only “entertainment” I get is laughing at the stupidity of Hollywood. And I’ve learned how to roll my eyes without falling off the treadmill.

But an interview with a gal named Pattie Mallette and the book she’s written piqued my interest. The book is called, Nowhere But Up and the subtitle is The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.

Lest you think I’m digressing into screaming teenage girl-dom, rest assured that’s not the case. Sure I know who Justin Bieber is—you’d have to live under a rock not to. But it wasn’t him that roused my curiosity: It was his mother.

I was Intrigued.

So off to Amazon I went and soon Kalliope (Kindle) and I dove into an amazing story.

We finished in a couple of days.

And I was Inspired. (Kalliope didn't say much.)

Ms. Mallette details years of physical and mental abuse, her struggles with drugs and alcohol, and the challenges of raising a child alone. And she talks about her faith.

I was blown away by her story and how she overcame her issues. None of it was easy and her story isn’t one of happy-happy, joy-joy with a fairy tale ending.

It’s about life. And how God rescues us. Sometimes from ourselves.

During one of her struggles, Ms. Mallette shares Psalm 40.2-3:

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in Lord.           NLT

She then writes, “In that moment, the weight of feeling like my faith was empty or futile was lifted. I cried tears of relief. The dreaded fear of being abandoned was gone. God hadn’t left me. My faith wasn’t a sick or twisted joke. Yet again, God had gone out of his way to assure me He was present. I wasn’t a forgotten child. He valued me. And I was worth enough for Him to take the time to make sure I got the message loud and clear.”

That's a message we can all be Inspired by.

Note to Kindle users: I'm willing to share my copy of Nowhere but Up through Amazon's Kindle loaning system. Email me at kimberly.k.russell@gmail.com and we'll work out the details. Remember: Loaner books are only accessible for two weeks and my copy can only go to one person at a time--will make a waiting list for those that are interested.

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