(Review) Made To Flourish: Cultivating an Abundant Life by Beth Moore

Publisher and Publication Date: Tyndale Momentum. 2020.
Genre: Christian nonfiction. Devotional.
Pages: 240.
Format: Hardcover.
Source: Self-purchase.
Audience: Readers of Beth Moore. Devotional readers.
Rating: Very good.

Link @ Amazon

Summary:
Made To Flourish has a theme of horticulture with the master gardener being God.
In the introduction, Moore states she’s “been enamored with Christ’s teaching on the vine and the branches since I cut my teeth on Bible study.” Page 2.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” John 15: 1-2. ESV.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:5-8. ESV.

Made To Flourish has 38 chapters. All of the chapters are one word describing something in gardening. Some examples are “Horticulture,” “Humus,” “Pruning,” “Transplant,” “Trellis,” “Compost,” “Dormancy,” and “Harvest.”

Each chapter is six pages. This includes the title page. Each chapter’s word is defined. A one page brief devotional content is followed by a Bible verse and a quote surrounded by art work.

My Thoughts:
Made To Flourish is a mix between an art book and a mini devotional.
A seasoned Christian who is a heavy Bible reader and student may not be drawn to this book because it is not in-depth. However, I enjoyed the book for several reasons.

1. It is an aesthetic book. The pages are cardstock thickness. Every page has artwork. Some of the images are photographs. Some are abstract. Some are drawings of fruit, leaves, gardening tools, a field. This is a book to pour over and enjoy with a nice cup of tea.
2. The book is approachable and easy to understand for a new Christian.
3. The devotional material is to the point. This is perfect for a person is not a heavy reader.
4. Several times I wrote down on paper quotes I want to ponder.
5. One of my favorite chapters is “Humus.” This spoke to my heart. It talks about the death of things. For example, “The death of certain relationships.” Page 67.

Bible verse links are to Bible Gateway.

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A Video Teaching from Lysa TerKeurst author of Forgiving What You Can’t Forget

The video is a little over 29 minutes.

Publisher and Publication Date: Thomas Nelson. November 2020.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 288.
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Publisher and Publication Date: Thomas Nelson. November 2020.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 224.
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Publisher and Publication Date: Thomas Nelson. November 2020.
Genre: Nonfiction.
Pages: 192.

I have purchased the book (not the study guide) and the journal-both in hardcover. I’m anxious to start reading them!

Through Proverbs 31 Ministries you can sign-up to join the free online six week study on this book. The study begins January 19 and ends February 26. The video teaching is free. The book will need to be purchased by you.
I’ve joined the online study and I’m looking forward to it!
Link to join the study: Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.

Bible Reading Plans for 2021

Start the new year with a Bible reading plan. I’ve come across several choices in reading plans.
Ligonier Ministries has put together a long list of Bible reading plans. My favorite is the five day challenge. There is a reading plan for five days of the week. The other two days are catch-up days.
Tim Challies also likes the five day Bible reading plan. At the link you can download or printout the plan.
Bible.com has a Bible reading plan.
Bible Gateway has a long list of Bible reading plans.
Back to the Bible has a chronological Bible reading plan.
The Bible Challenge-A Daily Guide to Reading the Bible in a year.
My friend Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible has had several posts about different Bible reading plan choices. For example, Bible Reading Goals. Bible in 90 Days. Alternative Bible in 90 Days Plan. Bible in 90 Days-Jewish OT; Chronological NT. Psalms Saturated Bible Plan 4.0. Psalms Saturated Reading Plan Version 3. Psalms Saturated Reading Plan Version 2.0. And, a 2021 Bible Reading Challenge: Knowable Word. Psalms Saturated Reading Plan Version 1.0.

A few links on Bible reading:
The Bible is a Lifelong Project from Desiring God
Get More From the Bible This Year from Desiring God
How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading from Desiring God
Why We Read The Bible from Desiring God
Why Read The Bible Everyday from Crossway

Tea-Ology Reading Challenge

The following is copy and pasted from the host:

Tea-ology Reading Challenge (formerly Share-a-Tea)
Host: Operation Actually Read Bible (formerly Becky’s Book Reviews) (sign up here)
Duration: Perpetual but starting anew each January
# of books: Readers Decide

This challenge is all about celebrating SLOWING DOWN and SAVORING the moments. This challenge is about QUALITY and not quantity. This is an anti-rush reading challenge. Enjoy where you are in a book, and, engage fully in it. Live in the book.

Love drinking tea? Love reading books? Love reading a book while drinking tea? Have I got a reading challenge for you!

Who can join? Anyone who enjoys reading. You don’t need to have a blog. You don’t need to have a twitter account. Are coffee drinkers welcome? Well. You can still join in, I suppose. But you might be outnumbered by tea drinkers.

Which books count?

  • The Bible (any translation)
  • Devotionals
  • Sermons
  • Christian Biography/Autobiography
  • Christian Living
  • Christian Nonfiction
  • Christian Theology
  • Christian Bible Studies
  • Letters, Journals, Diaries, etc.

Does anything else count?

  • Watching or listening to sermons; just be sure to make note of what you’re watching and perhaps jot down a note or two to remind you what it was about.
  • Listening to audio bibles (again just keep track of what you’re listening to)
  • Listening to audio books (again just keep track…)
  • Listening to praise/worship albums (again just keep track…)

1) When you sign up in a comment below, share one favorite tea and one favorite book. And if you’ve got one handy: a favorite quote.
2) If you write a post on your blog announcing the challenge (and making a place to keep track of what you’ve read), consider sharing a bit about yourself–your reading and drinking habits. You might consider a longer list of recommendations!
3) If you’re on twitter, tweet me as often as you like @operationbible Tweet about favorite teas, favorite books, favorite authors, favorite quotes, what you’re currently reading, what you’ve just finished reading, etc.

I will be sharing my progress throughout the year. I haven’t decided if it will be every week, every other week, every month. If you have a preference, let me know when you sign up. You are more than welcome to share your progress in the comments of my progress posts.

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My tea drinking is diverse and serious.

Each morning after drinking 1 cup of warm lemon water I make a pot of tea. My tea pot holds 3 big cups. I drink at least 2. I actually drink a tea latte. I almost always use loose leaf tea by Harney and Sons or Stash. English breakfast is my favorite morning tea. I drink Earl Grey sometimes. An honorable mention for morning tea is Paris by Harney and Sons. It is a blended tea. Delicious.
Some other favorite teas I drink during the day: Tazo Organic Baked Cinnamon AppleTazo Wild Apple SarsaparillaTwinings Green Tea with Jasmine, 365 Whole Foods brand Black Tea, and Hemp Morninga Deep Sleep by Harney and Sons.

My favorite books:
Bible
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
David Copperfield and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Macbeth and Hamlet by Shakespeare
Knowing God by J. I Packer
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Any story by J. R. R. Tolkien

A favorite quote:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain (1835-1910).