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Before I invite you to our book club for 7 Days of Soul Care, let me introduce you to the person behind this invitation.

I remember the sweet southern lilt to my friend Maryleigh’s voice when we met a few years ago. After we connected via our blogs, I now spoke face to face and looked into her friendly blue eyes.

You’re invited to our online book club, inspired by my kind friend Maryleigh’s words:

“[The] chapters include a devotional, questions and activities for discussion, and closing with a prayer. While 7 days to Soul Care can be read, in, well, 7 days, I recommend working through one chapter a week.”

Each week for the next eight weeks, I invite you to answer a  question in a blog post or a blog comment or in your personal journal.

Please join because I believe we learn much from each other because we each have unique life experiences and perspectives.

“I particularly enjoyed the caliber of questions and activities. The questions are ideal as prompts for journaling because these are not surface questions. The questions invite you to pull out your life experience and study it through Soul Care eyes.”Maryleigh Bucher

An excerpt from the Introduction to 7 Days of Soul Care: A Guide to Letting God Do the Extraordinary with Your Ordinary :

What does it mean to be, as Oswald Chambers wrote, “exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people”? I define “exceptional” as connecting with our extraordinary God to be our best. The key is connecting with God so we can rely on his unlimited resources.

I don’t define “best” to mean better than others. Rather by “best,” I mean “more fully myself as God created.” God created each of us with different gifts and personalities so each of us has a different “best.” My “best” isn’t better than your best, and your “best” isn’t better than mine. In God’s eyes, each person’s best has a distinct and unique worth. Each is celebrated.

This week’s question:

For you, what does it mean to be “exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people”?

Day 1’s discussion begins next week on Tuesday, February 27, 2017.

Day 2’s discussion begins on March 6, and so on until it ends on April 10, 2017 (before Easter). You might want to use the book as a way to prepare your heart for Easter.

If you want to join but don’t have a copy of the book, you can buy it here.

Feel free to invite friends to join.

Remember soul care is not selfish. It’s wise because it connects us with our extraordinary God who is our life (see John 15:1-5) so we can be fruitful in our relationships and work.

If you want to know the scheduled questions for the next 8 weeks, here is a downloadable PDF.

P.S. Photo from The Getty Museum (I discuss this painting in the book’s Introduction):

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853 – 1890)
Irises, 1889, Oil on canvas
74.3 × 94.3 cm (29 1/4 × 37 1/8 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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