I will have to check that one out... always looking for inspiration and another way to approach life here on earth and to prepare for the next one.
I think the theme here is "life purpose", might be a good discussion to slip into as I feel that most of us get caught up in the "what am I here for", "what is my purpose" questions all the time.
I was sent an email by an 83 yr old golfing buddy, it was about the people who survived the 9/11 attacks because of various things that we don't think about. Alarms not going off, clothes not washed, children ill or doctor's appointments... the jist of the email is where ever you are, what ever you are doing is exactly where you are meant to be. There is purpose in everything that happens to you and around you, the question is truly this: Are you listening and are you aware of God's purpose for you?
I think the greatest thing these inspirational books give us is a mirror... to look into our souls, desires, aspirations, beliefs, morals and actions. They make us question our motivations and expectations. They help us to look at things from a different point of view and open our hearts to the light and hope of God's promises.
The one line I liked in PDL, was from a story he relayed about a missionary that was arriving home on the same boat as the president. There were bands and cheering and confetti for the president's home coming, the missionary slipped quitely away discouraged... as he walked away from the crowd feeling sorry for himself, he heard God say, don't be discouraged, YOU AREN'T HOME YET....
This really struck a cord in my brain and heart... he went on to say that when life makes us crazy, when we are uncomfortable and don't like the way things are going, well, we aren't supposed to like it here... it isn't our REAL home.... we are visitors, guests in a foreign land... this isn't our final destination... looking at things from that point of view certainly can change the impact they have on me.
I have gotten a great deal from this book and hope to get more as I move into the next chapters. I think whatever gets you moving forward is all that matters.