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WAITING FOR WONDER – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline – by Marlo Schalesky – Review, Interview and Press Release

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WAITING FOR WONDER – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline

by Marlo Schalesky

Publisher: Abingdon Press,

15 Nov 2016.

Paperback: 272 pages.

ISBN: 9781501820106. Price: $16.99

Ebook: 224 pages.

ISBN: 9781501820113. Price: $16.99


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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MARLO SCHALESKY

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of 10 books, fiction and non-fiction, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary” (Zondervan) and “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timetable” (Abingdon Press). Over 1,000 of Marlo’s articles are published in Christian magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and In Touch. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned her Masters in Theology, with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Marlo is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization bringing hope to a hurting community through horses.


REVIEW BY MIRIAM JACOB

Sarah, wife of the Biblical patriarch, Abraham, waited for wonder in her wilderness. Weary and worn-out with endless waiting, she had given up all hope of ever seeing God’s promises fulfilled in her life. With rich insights and refreshing hope, this book transforms Sarah’s deep-rooted weariness into stunning, eye-opening wonder to see God’s sacred plans and purposes unfold in her personal wilderness of waiting. Sarah’s decades-long, wearisome wait for God’s promises to happen in her life is heartrending and utterly riveting. New hope springs up in her heart to see God at work, hemming her in with wonder, as she waited for God’s wonder-working power to unfold, when life’s trials hit home mercilessly, threatening to engulf and submerge her in its devastating deluge. Waiting for Wonder is all about hope in the midst of despair as we read Sarah’s passionate story of agonizing heartache, bitter struggle and seemingly endless waiting upon God.

God’s timing is not our own. We believe God when His promise is new but as the long, seemingly endless years pass by and nothing really changes, desperation strikes our hearts. Yet, as we are Waiting for Wonder, God calls us to experience the Wonder of Waiting. We miss the wonder of God’s plan when we struggle to wait. Abraham’s wife, Sarah knew what it meant to wait. God gives us strength to hope against hope and pray for the desires of our heart to be fulfilled. Waiting for Wonder takes us into the heart of God to ask questions and discover God’s answers, to appreciate God’s plan for our lives and refresh our spirits, to rekindle our hope and renew our trust in God’s promises, and to learn to wait for God’s time.

Rich spiritual insights in this life-transforming book will fill you with wide eye-opening wonder as you clearly see God’s divine purposes in your wilderness of waiting. Are you Waiting for Wonder? As you wait for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life, fresh new hope will spring up in your life, when God hems you in with wonder on every side. This inspiring book touches our hearts as we are Waiting for Wonder from God. It is all about hope, faith, love and trust. The Bible’s real life story of Sarah’s bitter heartache, struggle and forever waiting on God turns into a precious lesson for us to trust Him with our lives. If God wants us to wait as Sarah did, we must learn the lessons she did. This engaging story inspires us to come closer to God, dig deeper into faith and trust even more deeply in the God who will never let us down. In today’s instant world, waiting is considered to be a waste of time. But in God’s world, waiting is a priceless treasure to be discovered.

In ‘Waiting for Wonder’, Marlo Schalesky’s deeply soulful and insightful wisdom is revealed as she passionately probes the unexplored landscape of Sarah’s wilderness journey, in the hollow canyons of the mountains and deep valleys of waiting, exposing the everpresent barrenness teetering at the precipice of doubt and despair. Sarah’s life is a silent testimony to how she fervently hoped against hope, trusting and believing in the endless years of waiting, that God would find a way out to illuminate the pure wonder of waiting, until He fulfilled His glorious promise to her.

Marlo Schalesky’s hard-won courage, wrested from the heart of despair, lights our hearts with love, inspires us with hope and illuminates our eyes to the pure wonder of waiting. Waiting for Wonder helps us to understand God, whose ways are not our ways, and trust Him still. Marlo sees very human people behind Bible characters, studying their lives for soul-transforming truth, saying it gracefully in all humility. Waiting for Wonder reveals Marlo’s devotion to the truth of God’s Word as she discovers wonder-filled moments of God’s grace. The spiritual truths in this book open our eyes in breathless wonder to see God in our waiting.

At the heart of Marlo Schalesky’s “Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline”, lies an important spiritual truth. In our waiting, God calls us to more. Waiting is hard and learning to wait well, even more so. At first, we all wait well, with new-found faith and hope, expecting God to meet us at our point of need, to answer our persistent questions and bring our fledgling dreams to life. But what happens in God’s timeline, when troublesome days turn into wearisome weeks, tiresome months, and seemingly endless years? Do we still wait well or flag in zeal and become discouraged? Waiting on God is where we all want to be. Though we believe God when a promise is new, it gets so much harder as the long years pass by with no significant changes. That’s when desperation strikes and plans backfire, causing tremendous pain and distress. In the midst of all this waiting, God calls us to more.

Studying the life of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who learnt to wait the hard way, we glimpse the character of God, as He works in the lives of Sarah and Abraham in their long wait for the child of God’s promise. Like them, as we wait for wonder, we wrestle with wonder. As Marlo Schalesky wisely points out, in our lives, God loves to redeem the deepest sorrow, the worst guilt, the most agonizing pain, transforming them into platforms for His glory to be revealed. When we are so deeply hurt that we feel the pain will never pass, so bitterly frustrated to see the fragments of our carefully planned lives crumble into dust, can we trust God to bring overwhelming good out of the devastation of evil. This awesome and inspiring biography of Sarah will encourage and refresh your soul as you wait for the God of all hope to reveal His glory in your life.

In ‘Waiting for Wonder’, Marlo gently dislodge deeply-wedged rocks of doubt and despair to transform our understanding of Sarah’s eventful life into the fullness of God’s glory. Gifted with the unique God-given ability to bring Biblical characters to life, portraying them as very humane people, Marlo sifts through their lives to glean rich gems of truth, revealing her selfless devotion to God’s Word, and her ability to discover life’s transforming wonder.

Waiting for Wonder ponders Biblical truths to reveal how God infuses wonder into waiting. Sarah’s life was filled with decades of promises still not come true, of desperate prayers of long, agonizing months turned into endless years. Sarah’s heart ached with the hope of a whole world blessed as she wrestled with the wonder of waiting. Who is this God of waiting who makes impossible promises, then asks Sarah and Abraham to wait, without even a glimmer of hope, and only the myriad stars to see in the silent sky? Who is this God of long intervals, painful delays, and yet-unanswered prayers?

To grasp the wonder of the God of the waiting room, we must find Him in the wilderness of waiting, where He seems most absent. Is anything too difficult for the Lord? He brings laughter when it seems too late. He is the God of wonder-while-you-wait. Sarah’s life is a soul-seeking journey of disappointment, doubt, and detours to discover God in the wilderness of life, believing in His commitment to bless all the families of the earth through her. Like Sarah, God calls us to wait for wonder, to laugh in the face of the impossible, to claim a blessing for the whole world, as we patiently wait for His time. Discover this God of waiting, of a whole world blessed through Sarah’s amazing life story, in “Waiting for Wonder” by Marlo Schalesky.

Miriam Jacob


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AUTHORS, KAREN MOORE, Uncategorized

THE HEART-SHAPED LIFE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – by Karen Moore

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The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional
Choosing a Life of Steadfast Love One Day at a Time

by Karen Moore

Imprint: Shiloh Run Press, Barbour Publishing, Inc., 01 May 2017,

ISBN: 9781683220091. PRICE $14.99

Here is inspiration for a Heart-Shaped Life. When we view the world through the ‘eyes’ of the heart each moment of every day, we will walk ‘heart first’ into every life situation and circumstance. As we allow Christ to fill our hearts with His Love, we will love God, others, and ourselves. “The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional” by Karen Moore encourages you to live life to the hilt – “heart first” – giving you precious thoughts, prayers, and Scripture to inspire you to live a heart-shaped life, full of Love!

Karen Moore draws us into intimate moments with God in the empowering thoughts and revelations from The Heart-Shaped Life Devotional. Having witnessed  life’s struggles and challenges, she has the right words to encourage and inspire us to live a heart-shaped life, filled with love. The quality time Karen spent time listening to God has shaped her heart and her life’s work. When we spend time with God, in His Word, and in His presence, He can mold and shape us to be more like Him. We realize who we are in God’s eyes and how to be kind and gracious.

The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional transforms the way we view the world, one person at a time. It encourages and inspires us to walk hand-in-hand with the greatest Love of our life, God. Karen’s wisdom and precious heart is revealed on each page, to assist others in shaping their self-image to reflect who they are from deep within.

Karen inspires us to see the best in others, see them heart-first, through the lens of love. We only have one calling in life, to become what God designed us to be. It is a heart issue. The uplifting and life-shaping thoughts in “The Heart-Shaped Life Daily Devotional” will enrich our souls.

Karen Moore is a master craftsman with words. The Heart-Shaped Life is delicate and subtle. The author is also a pragmatist. This is reflected in her clear clarion calls to  the reader to get past the ‘ordinary’ to the ‘extraordinary’, living life to the hilt with love, joyful exuberance, and godly abandon.

Compiled by Miriam Jacob

AUTHORS, DARLENE SALA, Uncategorized

YOU ARE HIS – by Darlene Sala

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YOU ARE HIS – by Darlene Sala

Imprint: Barbour Books, Barbour Publishing Inc.,

01 Apr 2017, ISBN 9781683221449. PRICE: $16.99

Are you among the busy women who thirst for freshening, invigorating, revitalizing, restorative Living Water? In “You are His,” Darlene Sala exhorts you to come to Jesus just as you are. Let us fix “our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”. When the storm overwhelms you, look to Jesus. Reach for His hand. Offer yourself to the Lord as a gift, “holy and pleasing to God”. You’ll be amazed at what He does with you. Write what is in your heart. Your words will be a prayer that God will listen to. Always give yourself totally to whatever you do. Give your undivided attention to the task at hand. “This one thing I do”. One thing at a time. Jesus was the master of this. He met each present need before the next one. Are you discouraged? Lift up your eyes to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Look up at the Lord. If you feel insignificant today, thank God for His greatness—and His care for you and me! The Bible is God’s instruction Book. In it, you’ll meet Him who designed you— and He can fix anything. His name is “I AM”. He is the God of your past, your present, and your future. You are God’s beloved daughter. You are His.

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A Chance to Die – The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael – by Elisabeth Elliot

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Be inspired by a woman who dared to follow God. Amy Carmichael understood true discipleship and lived it out. At a very young age she felt called to the mission field, followed God’s guidance, and eventually went to India, where she would spend fifty-three years without furlough. While there, Amy founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for children. Amy became a mother for these children, and so they called her “Amma.”

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Even today, Amy’s life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all Christians everywhere. We resonate with her desires and dreams, her faults and fears, her dedication and service. For former missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot, Amy became a role model. “She was my first spiritual mother,” writes Elliot. “She showed me the shape of godliness.”

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A Chance to Die is the life story of Amy Carmichael. In this reverent biography, Elisabeth Elliot brings “Amma” to life, providing a compelling, unforgettable narrative that will provoke you to examine the depths of your own faith and encourage you to reaffirm your life and commitment to Christ.

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O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go

O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to Thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from Thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

– George Matheson

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George Matheson wrote the words to the hymn during a particularly painful and difficult moment of his life. As a blind man, he had relied on his sister’s loving and devoted assistance to fulfill his calling as a preacher and theologian. He was home alone on the day of her marriage and wrote the song in five minutes as he was in the depths of great despair. He never articulated, for anyone, the circumstances that caused him to feel such suffering. He said of that moment: I was at that time alone, it was the day of my sister’s marriage . . . Something happened to me, which was known only to myself, and which caused me the most severe mental suffering. The hymn was the fruit of that suffering. It was the quickest bit of work I ever did in my life. I had the impression rather of having it dictated to me by some inward voice than of working it out myself…this came like a dayspring from on high. I have never been able to gain once more the same fervor in verse.

George Matheson was a household name in Scotland. His preaching was renowned, his books lauded, his hymns sung. He preached a sermon on the Book of Job to Queen Victoria at Balmoral Castle. She liked it so much that she had it printed and distributed. Graduating with highest honours from the University of Glasgow, his was a life of achievement after achievement, of honour after honour. His fine tuned memory permitted him to preach sermons so perfectly, that people never suspected he was blind. He carried himself as a man of power, passion and purpose. He lived life to the hilt.

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