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Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith [Paperback]

By Lynn Coulter (Author)
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Overview
Presents a collection of essays that focus on God's involvement in all aspects of life.

Publishers Description

C.S. Lewis likened hard times to "God's megaphone," a season when the Creator's ways are made clear and proven merciful. "Mustard Seeds "author Lynn Coulter agrees, writing here across fifteen essays about the natural graces and "God signs" that emerged during a three-year period of hardship and sustain her faith today.

From personal events (her parents' deaths, a job loss) to universal cripplers (stress, worry), Coulter's fresh anecdotes unearth the little daily markers of God's love and care while staying rooted in Scripture. Her writings fuse the observational strength of Anne Lamott's nonfiction with the warm delivery of Sue Monk Kidd's devotional books and are sure to be passed around as tools of encouragement and faith strengthening among friends.

Chapters include "Used People," "Deep Healing," and "Nothing without Joy."

Endorsements

"Starred review." Coulter, a magazine journalist, takes the familiar biblical story of faith the size of a mustard seed to illustrate how God can use even the most horrendous "lifequakes" as faith-builders. Coulter opens her compilation of life essays with a personal story from her childhood, when the concept of mustard seed faith was first planted after a teacher offered the class mustard seed charms as an attendance reward. Though Coulter eventually lost the charm, she never forgot its message. Years later, after the death of her parents, her husband's job loss, financial setbacks, and her own shattered shoulder, the author's faith was in pieces. She wrestled long and hard to regain closeness with God. In each of these tender topical chapters, Coulter uses everyday happenings from nature, parenting, work, illnesses, and church to reaffirm a single lesson: God is intimately involved in every aspect of life and he cares with a watchful affection. Readers will find strength from Coulter's story and solace in God's promises regarding faith and grace.

--"Publishers Weekly"

"Reading "Mustard Seeds" feels like time spent conversing with a dear old friend over a cup of coffee. Lynn's honest story of how she renewed her faith in Jesus will be a blessing and a source of encouragement."

--Mickey McLean, Web Managing Editor, WORLD Magazine

"A sensitive, thoughtful book, filled with new beginnings, hope, and the wonder and beauty of the search for God."

--Amy Blackmarr, author of "Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond"

From Publishers Weekly
Coulter, a magazine journalist, takes the familiar biblical story of faith the size of a mustard seed to illustrate how God can use even the most horrendous "lifequakes" as faith-builders. Coulter opens her compilation of life essays with a personal story from her childhood, when the concept of mustard seed faith was first planted after a teacher offered the class mustard seed charms as an attendance reward. Though Coulter eventually lost the charm, she never forgot its message. Years later, after the death of her parents, her husband's job loss, financial setbacks, and her own shattered shoulder, the author's faith was in pieces. She wrestled long and hard to regain closeness with God. In each of these tender topical chapters, Coulter uses everyday happenings from nature, parenting, work, illnesses, and church to reaffirm a single lesson: God is intimately involved in every aspect of life and he cares with a watchful affection. Readers will find strength from Coulter's story and solace in God's promises regarding faith and grace. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith by Lynn Coulter has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 05/26/2008 page 55


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Item Specifications...


Studio: B&H Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805446788  
ISBN13  9780805446784  


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More About Lynn Coulter

Lynn  B Coulter Lynn is the author of Little Mercies: Celebrating God’s Everyday Grace & Goodness (B&H Books). She has a B.A. in Journalism and is one of the founders of a career ministry, God’s Employment Network, at her church. She celebrates life by growing heirloom tomatoes; walking her rescue dog, Miss Paws; and knitting. Lynn’s other books are Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith (B&H Books, 2008, Publishers Weekly starred review) and Gardening with Heirloom Seeds (UNC Press, 2006; “a welcome addition to every gardener’s bookshelf.” - Publishers Weekly)

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mustard Seeds?

Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith  Sep 17, 2009
Excellent book because it is a gentle but truly stated experience that the author has with God. I enjoyed reading how she lives her life with God as her focus and it brought me more understanding in my own faith.

Thanks for such a nice easy read that brought a calmness to my soul.
 
Overcoming the road blocks to faith  Nov 5, 2008
Mustard Seeds offers encouragement and hope to the reader. The honest writing of Lynn Coulter is a tremendous faith builder. Perhaps we have not gone through the surmountable trials as the writer but for many of us we have walked in those footsteps. Hold on, trust God, even if that trust in our faith is no bigger than a Mustard Seed.
It is so beautifully written and the jacket illustration sets the pace for the personal story that awaits us.
One reviewer wrote that "a book that feels like spending time with your best friend," perfectly said.
Thank you Lynn for your story and again for the comforting hope that Faith Prevails.
 
Things as little as a mustard seed are important  Nov 3, 2008
In the span of several years, author Lynn Coulter lost both her parents, her husband lost his job and she shattered her shoulder. These blows very nearly shattered her faith, but through God, Coulter was steered back on course. In her debut Christian book, Mustard Seeds, Coulter chronicles her walk of faith, pondering mercy, love, patience and grace.

When Coulter was a child in Sunday school, she received a mustard seed necklace. The piece of plastic may have cost mere cents, but Coulter held it in high esteem. Like her faith, Coulter misplaced her mustard seed necklace, and never recovered it. She was more fortunate with her faith.

Mustard Seeds --also an appropriate title for this avid gardener--comprises 15 essays. These morsels of Coulter's life are melded together with scripture and blended with prayer and "seeds of faith."

The result is an uplifting, lovely read on the simplicity and healing powers of prayer in times of distress. And, as Coulter points out, things will go wrong. But that too is part of life. Coulter herself weathered natural disasters, watched her husband live in a trailer park, juggling odd jobs to make ends meet, and navigated the concrete jungle of Atlanta's roads.

Through the book and through God, Coulter navigates her way to the other side using the God signs she sees.

I'll admit that the Christian genre is not something I'm usually drawn to. Lynn Coulter's voice woven throughout scripture makes Mustard Seeds a hard book to put down.

Armchair Interviews says: Interesting story of one woman's faith journey.
 
Fresh and Honest Faith Stories  Nov 1, 2008
From page one on Coulter draws in the reader with her engaging story telling in Mustard Seeds. She does this by using her mustard seed trinket from her early faith as a metaphor of a child-like faith rediscovered in a grown up world. The narratives compellingly weave in Coulter's real-life experiences to candidly share how we can misplace our faith--just like her mustard seed trinket--in our post-childhood days with the distractions of devastation, busyness, and just about anything else that takes our eye off the ball in matters of faith. Coulter is a winsome and poignant traveling companion on the journey of faith. Her insights and overcoming faith found in this gem have deepened my faith and nurtured my soul. Mustard Seeds is a must read.
 
A beautiful guide for everyone's spiritual journey  Oct 16, 2008
Lynn Coulter's Mustard Seeds takes the reader through a honest, heartfelt recounting of how her faith suffered during a time of tremendous personal loss in a short time span. Coulter relates how her faith was restored in ways both large and small and in so doing shows her readers that many things we take for granted are actually opportunities for spiritual growth. I started reading the book from the perspective of how to find God's love during times of stress but soon realized that the beautiful lessons shown in each chapter can strengthen one's faith during good times as well. Mustard Seeds is a perfect gift to yourself or anyone else you care about!
 

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