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How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons?: Proverbs 31 Discoveries for Yielding to the Master of the Seas [Paperback]

By Kathi Macias (Author)
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The perfect woman – excellent wife, cherished mother, impeccable housekeeper, and thriving entrepreneur – all rolled into one.  The Proverbs 31 woman looms large for Christian women today.  Getting it all together.  Keeping everything under control. Running a tight ship.  But despite our best efforts it seems there are always loose cannons rolling around the deck.With humor and relevance, Kathi Macias shares her journey and struggle with Proverbs 31, ultimately discovered that there is natural progression of growing in grace.Questions follow each chapter to help personalize content.  Author is funny, yet vulnerable and serious in her approach.

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With humor and relevance, Kathi Macias shares her journey and struggle with Proverbs 31, ultimately discovering the natural progression of growing in grace. The course of our lives and growth in grace may lead to a different destination than originally planned. In the process, we can relinquish the dream of perfection and give up trying to control all those loose cannons threatening the tight ship we are determined to run but can t and instead learn to trust the Captain of our ship to steer us safely home.

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Language: English
Studio: New Hope Publishers
Pages   205
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   New Hope Publishers
Series  Arise  
ISBN  1596692049  
ISBN13  9781596692046  

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More About Kathi Macias

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kathi Macias is a multiple award-winning novelist and was named 2011 Author of the Year at A popular speaker at churches, women's clubs and retreats, and writer's conferences, Kathi lives with her husband in Homeland, California.

Kathi Macias currently resides in Homeland Homeland Miami. Kathi Macias was born in 1948.

Kathi Macias has published or released items in the following series...
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Giving Perfectionism the Boot!  Mar 10, 2010
Laugh your way to freedom in this hilarious book by veteran author and recovered perfectionist, Kathi Macias! In 25 rollicking chapters that will leave you rolling on the floor laughing, the author will hit you between the eyes with areas of perfectionism that you never knew you had--but she will always do it with love and before you even know what's happening to you. From "the woman with 97 children" to "face-plants and "setting up chairs", this book will take you on a journey that you will never forget--a journey that will show you what Proverbs 31 is really all about.

How Can I Run A Tight Ship Whe I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons? by Kathi Macias  Sep 26, 2009
Oh, to be the Proverbs 31 woman, the perfect woman. It seems like such an impossible goal especially for the baby Christian woman. But, it can be done if we, like the author says, stay on our knees and surrender to God. God will guide us and show us what He wants from our lives and how we can be the Proverbs 31 woman according to God's will.

When I first became a Christian and was first introduced to the Proverbs 31 woman, I thought "no way". I didn't think it was even realistic and felt discouraged, especially since I was about to get married to a good Christian man. I really wish I had this book during that time to simplify what God really expects from us. I really like the way Kathi Macias has written this book. She has written it with humor and personality. She understands the struggles women face and provides practical biblical advice for those of us who strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman.

I learned from reading this book that God does expect a lot from us, but if we will just surrender to Him, we will be able to live according to his will. I really liked this book and I think it will be a useful guide for today's Christian woman.
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Great Reality Check For Those Who Try So Hard To Be Perfect!  Sep 11, 2009
Perfect for : Personal Use, Bible Study Group (Women's)

In a nutshell: I don't know about you, but I've spent countless hours trying to find people, books, and websites that could help me become the perfect wife, mother, daughter, friend, etc. and I have been marginally successful (there are countless sites to help with menu planning, cleaning schedules, etc)! But with each thing I manage to implement into my schedule, I feel like I fall two steps behind in some other area - how can I ever manage to get ahead of myself with a husband, a two-year-old, and countless friends and relatives who tend to take a priority over my to-do lists in order to become closer to my goal of "perfect?"

After reading How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons? I now realize (and will hopefully remember) that I am what God created me to be, no matter what. . . I have a purpose on this Earth and only God knows what that is. In the mean time, I do manage to get the necessities taken care of in our crazy (and loving) life, and more than anything else, I am trying to be a good example to others while watching for things I can learn at the same time. God gives us "Loose Cannons" in our life so that we have an opportunity to witness for him in small ways, and so we can be encouraged and witnessed to as well.

Kathi Macias has written a wonderful book filled with humor and life stories that she has learned along her path to discovering how to be the Proverbs 31 Woman. This book will help you see what she was able to discover and learn from different people in her life, and will help you learn to see what the people in your life are able to show you as you go along your own journey and help your faith grow.

Extended Review:
Content: The book is made up of five sections that help show the different stages of the author's life in her walk with God and her attempt at finding out how to be the perfect Proverbs 31 Woman. Part 1: Learning To Crawl - On My Knees, Part 2: Learning to Walk - Slow and Shaky, but on My Feet, Part 3: Learning to Run - Swift and Steady, Still on my Feet, Part 4: Learning to Fly - Soaring with Eagles, Part 5: Learning to Lean - Back on my Knees. The book also has a Foreward, Introduction, Conclusion and Afterward.

Format: Each chapter shows a valuable life lesson that Kathi Macias learned throughout her journey to become the Perfect Proverbs 31 Woman. The life lessons are insightful, humorous, and serve to really show the reader what life is all about. The end of each chapter has a section called "Making it Personal" where the author asks some important questions of the reader, making what you are reading more relevant to your own life.

Readability: Kathi Macias' writing style was very enjoyable and easy to read. She has an approach to life and writing that makes the reader comfortable to walk a mile in her shoes as she is sharing some very important things she has learned and HOW she learned them.

Overall: This is a great book for the woman who is striving to become perfect, who probably needs a reality check and help to see what she is already accomplishing.
Fun and Encouragement all in One!  Jul 3, 2009
I can't help but think that somehow Kathi Macias had a glimpse into my life and struggles when she wrote this book.

In "Tight Ship...Loose Cannons," Kathi Macias successfully weaves a beautiful picture of the growth of a Proverbs 31 woman by sharing her own journey in a light-hearted, humorous, and very honest manner. Approaching it from the perspective of a child going through the phases of learning to walk, Kathi follows her own journey from spiritual rugrat through the phases of crawling, walking, running, and soaring. But, the essential phase is at the end - returning to the kneeling position before our Lord.

Fitting with the fun title, the book deals with the reality that as we grow, things don't always fit into a nice, neat package, allowing us to achieve perfection. Life is full of "loose cannons" - and we can't blame them all on spouses, children, or the unexpected. Many times we are our own loose cannons! This book beautifully shows how we can progress through our spiritual growth thanks to our struggles rather than in spite of them.

Kathi has an incredible knack for teaching a valuable lesson while keeping her readers rolling with laughter - with some sweet tears interspersed as well. This book was a delight and an encouragement to read.

I recommend this book to any woman seeking to find an honest, real-life insight into Proverbs 31 growth.
Discipleship with a Grin  May 15, 2009
Released early 2009, Kathi Macias' How Can I Run a Tight Ship when I am Surrounded by Loose Cannons? is a light hearted look at discipleship from an experienced Christian writer. During our interview, Kathi described the book as "discipleship with a grin." As I easily consumed the book's message, I would have to agree. Like Mary Poppins' spoonful of sugar, the sometimes thick discipleship message is a joyful read in this book.

Kathi said her inspiration for the book was a conversation with a trusted friend. "How can I run a tight ship when I am surrounded by all these loose cannons?" quipped Kathi. She told me she immediately paused. "That's too good of title to not have a book attached to it," and the merry title gave birth to an equally playful book.

Kathi builds the book on a metaphor which follows a person's growth. First we crawl, then walk, and run. Hopefully as a Christian eventually we learn to fly as with wings of eagles (Isaiah 40.31). After these experiences we often learn that the most important place for a Christians is on our knees, back on our knees, in the same position we began our journey.

The book is woven with stories of women who influenced Kathi's life from that of a young Christian to a mature believer. After coming full circle, Kathi realized that quite often she was the loose cannon. She needed to trust her Father more. By following the example of other, equally loose cannons around her, she found balance. These women helped here see that having the details of life lashed to the deck isn't always God's plan. He works through imperfect people who have learned to rely on Him in their weakness. A hard lesson for a person with a High D, Type A, Choleric personality like Kathi.

Overall, I recommend this book highly. We need to laugh at ourselves as we apply the lessons of discipleship. Kathi has woven together anecdotes and vignettes from her life which lead to laughter with a purpose. As proverbs says, a merry heart does good, like a medicine. (Prov 17.22)


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