March 16, 2017
Yesterday morning I bought Dr. Joe Wheeler’s latest book of true stories: My Favorite Life-Changing Stories. I read the entire book today. You can see and order the book at: http://joewheelerbooks.com/
This is the fourth book in “My Favorite” inspirational story series.
2017: Tradepaper. Short, true, life-changing epiphany stories.
Which story was my favorite?
This evening I called Dr. Joe to tell him I had finished reading his newest book. He asked me which story I liked best.
Where could I begin, except to say that I loved them all. They were all vivid in my mind.
Then I decided I should talk about one of the stories, and chose the last one in the book, since I had just completed it a few minutes earlier. The message that stood out to me in that story, was that we should stop brooding over our failures of the past. Instead we should analyze our mistakes, and figure out how to do better next time.
Then I shared with him messages I remembered from six or seven other stories. Then I told him things I learned from his introduction to the book, introductions to the stories, and the Epilogue. In those sections Dr. Joe shares some of his insights, struggles and victories. One of the struggles he speaks of is the temptation to forget and take credit for success, when it is actually God who provides the abilities and opportunities. That is a common human struggle.
Some characteristics emphasized within this powerful collection of stories:
Within My Favorite Life-Changing Stories are found displayed many different important characteristics. Among them are: honesty; compassion; forgiveness; repentance; perseverance even after repeated failures; patience; verbalizing expressions of appreciation; bravery; kindness; self-control; reliability; generosity; determination; and reverence and obedience to God.
The stories encourage us to realize that no matter what our condition in life, we need to look ahead, and trust God. He holds our lives in His hands. Continue reading