Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Must Read - Grace of Giving

For quite some time now I have visited Marja Meijers' blog and she has blessed me often with visits and encouraging words here at my own. Marja also writes books and one day I thought... "All this time and I have yet to read one of Marja's books - what's up with that?!" So I ordered her most recent title, Grace of Giving. This is her fourth book in a series about the Ten Commandments and gives us a look at the shortest command - Do not steal!

When I got the book and my first quiet-time opportunity, I made a little "reading nest" on the couch. Me in my "slummies", a glass of ginger ale, sunflower seeds to nibble on, my notebook and Grace of Giving.

I was immediately captivated by Marja's unique approach and perspective. She says in her introduction:

"I was inspired by the wonderful scripture of John 10:10 and began using it as a foundation for my writing because it so unmistakably speaks of stealing and giving, negative versus positive, warning versus promise."

One description of Marja's writing is that "she presents ancient biblical truths in a fresh and down-to-earth style, relevant to our time and culture." I would certainly agree with that. As I was reading this book I found myself settling deeper into my nest and remarking more than once to my husband... "This is really good!"

Grace of Giving opened my eyes to the difference between being obedient to the law and fulfilling the law. I learned how the way of the thief is so much more than just not stealing.

"Only through His grace and our faith in Jesus Christ can we be at peace with God! Good deeds or strict obedience will never ever bring us into relationship with God. So, because of Jesus, the emphasis on obeying the law has moved to fulfilling the law."

There is a section on rebirth and salvation that made my heart pound with expectation. I have come away enlightened, inspired, challenged and positive that this little book is anointed with timely truths. The flowers on the cover are perfect because all the way through this book I felt little spiritual and soul awakenings blossom within me. I have purposed not to set it aside without application. This too is something valuable I learned from reading Grace of Giving.

"We store up so much insight, so many teachings, so much knowledge, so many revelations and whatever we can get in our notebooks while running from church to conference to bible study to retreat sessions that we forget what we have in storage. When we need something, we don't go looking through our stuff (too much work); we just go out and buy something new. We keep accumulating without really using what we have, without tapping into the resources we already possess. That mentality is the way of the thief: more, more, more."

That mentality reminds me of spoiled children at Christmas time. They barely have one gift unwrapped and they are grabbing for the next one! Hello?

I have tons more that I could say about Grace of Giving but I don't think it would be nice to quote someone's entire book on my blog! I also think it would be thievery to diminish the absolute pleasure you will find in reading it for yourself. I highly recommend this book. It is a gem to the Christian body and I'm confident it will be a blessing to everyone who reads it. Its pages are just over 100; they are succinct, powerful and reach into many, if not all, aspects of daily life.

Finally, just a little about Marja Meijers herself. She is a neat person! She was born and raised in Holland but now divides her time, with her husband Jan between Holland and California. She was saved in 2001. She is a volunteer on the advisory board of Teen Challenge. She and her husband travel all over the world and have just started a new non-profit organization called Traveling Light. She speaks five (yes 5) languages... how cool is that!

Marja is an encourager and a blessing. Get to know her. She blogs here with Fresh Insights on Ancient Truths and here - The Life of Sorek, a Journey into Origin and Purpose of Spirit, Soul and Body. Her books are found everywhere but I am happy to link you to Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Tate Publishing, where you can explore many of her other books too.

Just a couple things more to note. The Ventura County Star recently highlighted Grace of Giving in this article. And lastly, to those who buy Grace of Giving... you will find a neat little pass-code in the back of the book allowing you to download the audio version. You can listen to Marja in her own beautiful Holland-born accent read to you. I can't imagine what you are waiting for!!

Thanks Marja for writing Grace of Giving, it has sincerely blessed me ♥



  1. This sounds like a cool book. Thanks for the reference!

  2. good post, lorrie.
    thanks for the introduction :-)

  3. Lorrie, I adore Marja! I'm so happy to read more about her and her book. I'm so behind in my reading. Her book is perched on my *to read* shelf! Thanks for the great review!

  4. Lorrie! What a surprise! I haven't been on-line for a few days and I am absolutely blown away by this post... and a bit embarrassed too (you make me sound so good, LOL). You are a doll and I truly appreciate your comments. I must have had you in mind when I wrote the book :)

  5. Glynn - This IS a cool book!

    Nance - Thanks so much, I know you would enjoy Marja's book.

    Lynn - You will be even a greater fan of Marja's after you read her book. Great writing and thought provoking. Thanks for coming over.

  6. Marja - I couldn't help but write about your book. So good! I think anyone who reads it will come away feeling it was written just for them. The Holy Spirit's influence has a way of doing that :-)

    Blessings galore to you!!

  7. "the way of the thief is so much more than just not stealing." Profound!
    Thank you for sharing this post about Marja's book. I too enjoy her writing, but haven't ordered her book. You have inspired me to do so. Right away ;D I am so convicted reading about storing up insights... then looking for more without applying what I've already accumulated.
    Blessings and gratitude,

  8. I follow Marja too and she is very sweet and encouraging. Sounds like a wonderful book. :O)

  9. Thank you for the beautiful review of Marja's book. I'm finding so much to "chew on" as I read it.

  10. This sounds like an amazing book, I will have to check it out on Amazon. What a wonderful review you have written Lorrie, when are you going to write a book? It's so nice to have a book that inspires and encourages us in a Godly way. So much out there just confuses or obfuscates what the Word of God is actually about.

    Thanks again :)

  11. Susan - Hey I think I've seen you somewhere before! Marja's interview :-) So glad to have you over at my place! You hit the nail on the head about storing up insights. I don't want to be one with "itchy ears".

    Diane - Check it out! Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment. Blessings.

    Susan - Good to meet you.. this book packs a wonderful punch eh?! Glad you are enjoying it too.

  12. Vee - When are YOU going to write a book?! Hmmmm? :-) Thanks for coming over!!

    Marja's writing is refreshing, encouraging and practical. I really enjoyed her style and think that if I were to write a book one day I would love for it to have the same quality.

  13. hahaha... Lorrie, I have a feeling it won't be until the chicks have left the nest. Adult children are so much more demanding than little ones believe it or not :D

  14. Lorrie, I have read this one too and now plan to read every book Marja writes. It encourages me to study God's word more thoroughly. Thanks for such a wonderful review. I know you made Marja's heart smile. :0)

  15. Same here Robyn!! Thanks for coming over :-)