What Is God's Will For My Life?

The will of God is not meant to be a secret we must uncover. God wants us to understand His will for our lives. He always makes His will clear to those who seek it with an obedient heart. Most of the real problem areas in the question of God’s will are settled for us in Scripture. The Bible reveals what God’s Will for all is. Here are 6 Things that are God’s Will for our Lives.

God’s Will For Your Life Is For You To Be:

  1. Saved. (1 Tim 2:3-4; 2 Pet 3:9)
  2. Spirit-Filled.  (Eph 5:17-18, Col 3:16, Gal 5:22-23)
  3. Sanctified. Separated from Sin (1 Thess 4:3-7, 2 Cor 6:17, John 17:17)
  4. Submissive. Submit to God, One Another, Church Leadership, Government. (James 4:7, Eph 5:21, Heb 13:17, 1 Pet 2:13-15, Rom 13)
  5. Suffering. Share in Christ’s Sufferings 1 Pet 3:17, Phil 1:29; 2 Tim 3:12
  6. Saying Thanks To The Lord. (1 Thess 5:18)
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Book: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 3*

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I like to take a break sometimes from the fiction I usually read and pick up a nice Rainbow Rowell novel to restore my faith in love and romance and the every day person. I think that’s Rowell’s strength; she writes people, real every day people, exceedingly well. I’ve officially read all of her books now (apart from Almost Midnight, but I’ve read all her novels anyway) and I think unfortunately this one is probably my least favourite. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good- it’s just not AS good as her other books. The conceit of the book is very good- the idea that you have direct access through the past through a landline phone, itself a relic of the past in a world where smartphones have taken over. 

As usual Rowell has created a dynamic female protagonist with thoughts and feelings that are portrayed with a verisimilitude that I often find lacking in other writers in the romance genre. The dialogue and interior monologue is genuinely funny and wry at times and the plot moves at a good pace. These are all the good things about the book.

Now let me discuss briefly why it fell short of the 4 star rating for me. This discussion may include some *SPOILERS* so please be warned before you read on.

My main gripe is with the leading man, the protags husband Neal. Neal is okay in his decidedly un-Hollywood leading man realism, but in all honesty? He’s kinda not that great. 

It’s hard for me to cheer for a relationship that I kinda feel like the protagonist would be better off without. I just kinda felt like a relationship where one person is constantly complaining about the things they hate about their life while offering no feasible alternative is not one I would want to be involved in. I just don’t think I would want to date someone with no dreams of their own who kinda in some way begrudged me working towards mine- and that is how this relationship reads.

Following from this is my second problem: the ending. I kinda understand the circularity of what Rowell was trying to do here but nothing is really resolved. And I think even though the whole book was trying to give the protagonist an opportunity to balance her family and her dream job the end leaves it feeling like maybe she loses out on her dream job- which I am kinda a bit sad about.

All in all it was quite a nice read but definitely not as good as Eleanor and Park or Carry On and definitely nowhere near as good as Fangirl or Attachments.

Booklove,

Grace

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