Item description for Knit Together: Discover God's Pattern for Your Life by Debbie Macomber & Sonja Lanzener...
Overview In her first foray into nonfiction, New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber reveals her inspiring life story, encouraging readers to dream big and reminding them that they were made for a purpose.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Hachette Audio
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Record Label Hachette Audio
Format Abridged / Audiobook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.63" Width: 6.87" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.23 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2007
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 159483945X ISBN13 9781594839450 UPC 9781594839450
Availability 0 units.
More About Debbie Macomber & Sonja Lanzener
Debbie Macomber is one of the best-loved authors in America. She's written over 150 novels, with more than 60 million copies of her books sold. Her September 2007 novel, 74 Seaside Avenue, debuted at number one on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. An avid knitter, Debbie serves on the advisory board of Guidepostsmagazine and on the national board of the charity organization, Warm Up, America! For more information about Debbie, visit www.debbiemacomber.com.
Debbie Macomber currently resides in Port Orchard, in the state of Oregon. Debbie Macomber was born in 1949.
Reviews - What do customers think about Knit Together: Discover God's Pattern for Your Life?
How to Work Your Pattern Aug 7, 2008
Macomber offers a Christian perspective of why we, as humans, are here and offers a plan for becoming fulfilled. She begins by recommending that one create a purpose or mission statement that draws a life pattern and helps establish balance. She provides a method by which to prevent guilt over saying "no" when others keep one too busy to work within your purpose, or pattern, and she encourages making a plan and working the plan in order to achieve goals.
Interspersed with her practical wisdom are humorous anecdotes from Macomber's personal experiences of how she became an overnight success in only twenty years. Macomber fans will enjoy this look into the author's life and find encouragement for seeking their own fulfillment.
Skim before you decide to buy Jul 15, 2008
Debbie Macomber's success as a novelist mirrors that of Jan Karon in this one respect: both found popularity among Christians only after they made their names outside the Christian publishing industry. Romance writer Macomber is a New York Times bestselling author many times over and has sold more than 60 million books, most of them part of a dozen or so series such as Cedar Cove, Midnight Sons and Heart of Texas.
Her most recent series, Blossom Street, is set in a yarn store, and the books in that series, coupled with Macomber's own interest in knitting, provided the framework for KNIT TOGETHER, the author's first nonfiction title. The book weaves together examples from scripture; stories from Macomber's own life, particularly her struggle to pursue her dream to be a published writer; and, in large part, the teachings of inspirational and motivational leaders like Rick Warren, Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar. Her purpose is to help you find your purpose, and to that end Macomber organizes her chapters around the various components of life that you have been created for: purpose, dreams, risk, success, balance, relationships, the Word, work, laughter, gratitude, blessing and worship.
Macomber accomplishes her goal to varying degrees. The strongest chapters are those in which she writes about the difficulties she has experienced; the most enjoyable sections are those that contain delightful anecdotes about her family and amusing stories about the mail she has received from readers. Occasional sidebars that relate to knitting are guaranteed to resonate with the many knitters who are her regular readers.
The book loses its appeal, however, when Macomber lapses into a sermonizing tone, implying, if not outright declaring, that you must do this or that to be a success either in the world or in the kingdom of God. At times, hers comes across as a one-size-fits-all brand of Christian spirituality. Likewise, her reliance on the principles taught by motivational speakers gives the impression that following their methods, and only their methods, will lead you to realize your dreams. Much of the content is repetitive, and the illustrations she uses are so familiar that they feel dated. In fact, they are; the content was pulled together from articles, devotionals and talks that Macomber has produced over the years. Updating the text with fresh illustrations would have helped considerably.
Readers who became fans of Macomber's books before knowing of her strong faith are those most likely to find this book to be of value, as will newer Christians who are unfamiliar with some of the timeworn content. Likewise, Macomber's longtime readers are bound to be drawn to KNIT TOGETHER simply on the strength of the author's name, while many newcomers undoubtedly will discover Macomber on the strength of a finely crafted foreword by popular Christian writer Liz Curtis Higgs. Others, however, would be wise to skim the book before deciding to buy it.
--- Reviewed by Marcia Ford
A Definite Must Have For Your Home Library May 26, 2008
When I'm glancing through the pages of this site or browsing through the bookstore with my coffee in hand, I am typically looking for something that "jumps out" at me. This book did not, yet, I became strangely drawn to it.
I can only conclude that I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to buy this book because for what it's worth the name and the cover did not persuade me. I can't knit a lick. You would only need to ask my Nanny Ruthie about this and she will confirm that my coordination is somewhat lacking in this department. And well, the title of this book is "Knit Together".
I immediately knew it would be a metaphor that I might not understand but I picked it up anyway. I opened it up, flipped through the pages and stopped on this scripture:
"For you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." ~Psalm 139: 13-14~
"Hmmm", I thought, "now there is something that I would love to learn more about."
I brought this book home and tossed it into my pile and continued reading the other 6 (yes, it says 6 no need to grab your glasses!) books that I had already begun. Then one day I got curious and so I sat down and perused the first few pages with only the intention to browse. Huh! I read 5 chapters before I could put it down.
This book spoke volumes to me about God's purpose and plans for my life and the dreams that I have surpressed for one reason or another. Every page delivered a profound message and with every completed chapter I felt like I had just had an encounter with God. He spoke to me through this book. He used Debbie Macomber as a vessel to give this little ole' southern gal a good swift kick on the backside (I mean that in the most Holy and inspiring way possible ;o). I took ahold of my dream after reading this. You can too!
The chapters include:
Created for Purpose Created for Dreams Created for Risks Created for Gratitude Created for Worship Created for Work Created for Blessing Created for Relationships & more!
Let Debbie befriend you and take you for a stroll down a path of inspiration. This ones gets 5 stars!
Wonderful book May 4, 2008
I have not read any of Debbie Macomber's other books, so I am not yet a fan. As a writer, however, this book spoke straight to my heart. She writes about how she became a writer and how she realized the Lord had guided her straight into this field. She speaks to her readers about finding their path, whatever it may be and to listen for guidance from above. Great job!
Great Book for Small Groups Apr 24, 2008
Debbie Macomber has written an excellent book for small groups to study. Using images and analogies that will be familiar with women everywhere, the author guides us to spiritual growth and relational intimacy.
Her chapters on "balance" and "laughter" are especially well done, and so useful in our stress-filled workplaces and families. Women of all ages, but especially married moms, will find this book refreshing and fun.
Don't wait for your group to choose it --- go ahead and read it on your own! But if you're leading a women's small group, consider this book as your next study title. It's very readable, very well organized, and will produce encouragement and hope among its other good results.
Well-written and encouraging: an inspiring read!!
Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie The Center for Marriage & Family Studies Authors of: Moving Forward After Divorce: Practical Steps to * Healing Your Hurts * Finding Fresh Perspective * Managing Your New Life