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Overview Called to walk by faith, not by sight, the author--who is blind--shares the power of God's Word to illuminate hope for readers' own journeys.
Publishers Description Guidance for Your Journey Sometimes, God's Word is like candlelight that warms and comforts. Other times, it is a red flashing light that protects. Often, it's a spotlight that exposes your need. And since you are called to walk by faith, you need light--in all its various forms--guiding your steps. Jennifer Rothschild 's path, darkened by physical blindness, is illuminated by scriptural truth. And now she shares the keys to persevering and "clinging to the Sword" no matter what your circumstances. "Lessons I Learned in the Light" is a powerful collection of Scripture, intriguing autobiographical sketches, and pointed Bible study with personal, practical application questions that will encourage you every step of the way. "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 Have you known darkness? Are you there even now? There is a ray of hope that brings clarity and guidance: God's Word--the Light that is better than life. And it wields the power to see you through absolutely anything. Jennifer Rothschild, in her physical blindness, found the secret to persevering with endurance and shares it candidly. No matter what you face today, "Lessons I Learned in the Light" will help you: cling to His Word carry no baggage pray like crazy be God-conscious enjoy the fish bowl No matter how dark the road, you can travel it courageously, secure in the Light. "For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you" (Proverbs 6:23, NLT).
"Jennifer Rothschild is a sincere and transparent example of what it means to press toward the goal--to live a thriving, courageous life in Christ." Sara Groves Singer/songwriter "Like the Renaissance artists of old, Jennifer Rothschild sees with her heart. Through self-discipline, acute observation, and Christ centeredness, the tapestry of her life has been woven together by an unshakeable faith." Luci Swindoll Author and speaker, Women of Faith "Her gentle, pleasing style first draws readers in and captures their imaginations. Only then does she deliver her more powerful punches." "Publishers Weekly" Story Behind the Book "I don't have the privilege of reading God's Word in the traditional sense, but I still rely on it as my source of power--power to persevere and thrive in a world of darkness. Without it, I would have quit a long time ago. Proverbs 6:23 says 'These commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you' (NLT). While "Lessons I Learned in the Dark" provided principles for walking by faith, "Lessons I Learned in the Light" offers fuel for running with endurance." -- Jennifer Rothschild
From Publishers Weekly Rothschild, a regular speaker on the Women of Faith lecture circuit, offers a
companion volume to her prior work Lessons I Learned in the Dark that reads
like a charming invitation to afternoon tea. Her gentle, pleasing style first
draws readers in and captures their imaginations. Only then does she deliver
her more powerful punches, emphasizing that Christians should live by
accountability, self-discipline and faith rather than emotions. Expounding
upon quirky daily life occurrences as a wife and mom, Rothschild blends
humorous tales with the poignant reality of being blind. Struggling with
blindness day in and day out is tough stuff, she admits, yet she believes that
faith grows best amid the thorns of life, providing more sustenance, depth,
strength and inner change than "simple deliverance" ever could. Particularly
compelling is her take on grace, which according to Rothschild is "by its very
nature unfair." According to her, "God's grace is sufficient because it is
both priceless and practical." Readers will also find spiritual provision in
chapters discussing why courage is more valuable than confidence, how hope is
life's essential ingredient and why risk taking is a no-brainer. Christian
readers, beware: while this looks like a run-of-the-mill spirituality book,
its pages contain the potential to drastically alter lives. (July) Copyright
2006 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Lessons I Learned in the Light: All You Need to Thrive in a Dark World by Rothschild has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2006 page 38
Publishers Weekly - 05/15/2006 page 69
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More About Rothschild
Jennifer Rothschild, speaker, author, and recording artist, captivates audiences with her spiritual depth, storytelling, and signature wit as she travels across the country challenging her listeners to walk by faith, not by sight. Rothschild is the author of several books and Bible studies, including the popular "Lessons I Learned in the Dark" . She is a frequent speaker on the Women of Faith tour, and is cofounder of an online magazine for women, WomensMinistry.NET. Jennifer lives in Missouri with her husband, Philip, and their sons, Clayton and Connor.
Reviews - What do customers think about Lessons I Learned in the Light: All You Need to Thrive in a Dark World?
what a story!! Sep 2, 2008
Jennifer is a talented and wonderful Christian woman...her story will motivate anyone with a disability who thinks life is not worth living...buy it! You will love her life story..
lessons I learned in the light Nov 17, 2007
Lessons I learned in the light, great book, as good as lessons I learned in the dark, Jennifer uses words to paint pictures you can only see with your heart.
Lessons I Learned in the Light Sep 22, 2007
This book is truly a blessed gift. One to keep forever and reread over and over again for inspiration and comfort. As Jennifer Rothschild tendering shares her life we learn the truth about our own. Though everyday experiences we begin to clearly see the purpose of life here and look forward to the the life everafter. This book radiates HOPE and the knowledge that we are secure in God's GRACE! A beautiful gift and a special keepsake.
This book spoke to me! Sep 22, 2007
This book really spoke to me each day when I would read a chapter as part of my quiet time. I passed the book to my co-author, Kim Webb, and she adored the book as well! I highly recommend to all and I just ordered her newest book.
Lessons I Learned From Her Jun 5, 2007
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Jennifer Rothschild is such an inspiration to many people, and I am one of those people. She is an author, musician, and in full time ministry. In this book she shares lessons that she learned, that we can also learn and benefit from. The amazing thing about the title is that she is blind, so the only light that she sees is God's light.
In starting out she uses God's word to show that he truly is the light. 1John 1:5 says that "God is Light" and Psalms 119:105 "lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path". God truly is light and she shows this in the twelve chapters of her book.
We need to cling to God's word, for it is our Sword of Honor. Scripture tells the story of Eleazar, and how he clung to his sword in the battle, and when it was over he could not let it go (2 Samuel 23:9-10). The Bible is something that we can hold on to today and use it in our battle field. To do this we need to spend time every day in it. When we don't it is an issue of pride. It is like we are telling God that we don't need him. We all have many excuses, but none of them are good enough. We are to cling to the word and use it and to do that we must know it; and to know it we must be read it and study it everyday.
Sometimes we are reluctant. The author says "Most of us feel a tinge of reluctance when it comes to change, because it means we must take a risk and release some of our control." What we need to do is release and trust Jesus. "It is no risk to trust the One who is totally trustworthy." Isaiah 26:4. You may not have the confidence to face the change, but God can give us courage. Confidence is a feeling, and courage is an action. There are three gifts of courage: Power, Love, and Self-Discipline.
Walking by faith and not having any baggage is another way that the author teaches you how to live. There are two tools to get rid of sin: The law (Romans 3:20 and 5:13), and Repentance (John 1:9). God gives us his grace so that we can live with him. His grace is offered because he is good. We are also required to be meek, and that means to "...recognize our own personal power and willingly submit to the authority of another." Meekness is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Next she shows us how the Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, or in her words "pray like crazy". So even if you do not believe that you can pray, pray anyway. Pray like you would like to be able to pray. It doesn't have to be showy or flashy, God knows what you are trying to express and say. "Just do it." (Nike).
God's word is alive and it gives us hope, cling to this hope. One way to do this is don't be self-conscious, be God-conscious. See yourself in the mirror that is God's word. Words of warning though, you maybe the only God that anyone ever sees, so you need to know him so you can reflect him. Beware though of three places that you might get caught up and those are: pride, performance, and problems. Let God shine through you it is about God not you.
Lastly Mrs. Rothschild reminds us that we are to live like aliens here on earth. This is not our home; it is a staging area, preparing us form home. Heaven is our ultimate home and we need to keep our eyes on that.
This book is an enlightening experience. The author has some new ideas on things that I had never thought of, and it was nice to see things from a different point of view. I am going to take what I learned, and apply it to the many other lessons that God is teaching me every day.