Item description for Coming Up for Air: Simple Acts to Redefine Your Life by Margaret Becker...
Overview An award-winning recording artist shares a unique glimpse of a woman's universal search for personal purpose and authenticity through intimate journal entries that are by turns humorous and refreshingly candid.
Publishers Description Artist Margaret Becker shares her personal story of exhaustion, loneliness, faith, and success in a lighthearted yet thought-provoking story. Through her experiences women will learn how to redefine, reclaim, and rejuvenate their lives.
From Publishers Weekly Dove Award-winning recording artist Becker intentionally "disconnected" over
10 years ago and has not been the same since. In 1995, Becker a one-month
retreat at an oceanside rental, where her only promise to herself was to stop
each day to take in both the sunrise and the sunset. Becker, in her usual
self-deprecating comedic style, offers simple daily life observances like holy
offerings. Somehow, she manages to offer gentle humor and pull at
heartstrings, too. Becker aptly conveys what might be the book's defining
statement: "Some things are worth digging for, even if they come up swinging
when they are unearthed." During her stay, she played like a child, taking
crayons in hand and making life stories and spiritual benchmarks for the next
30 years, projecting, "I will be earthy and a bit eccentric, but I will be
wise." Becker defines her retreat's life lessons, then jumps ahead to the
present, reflecting without regret on which of those scribblings have come to
pass. Women of all ages will feast on Becker's colorful, earthy spiritual
recollections and sit back well-satisfied as they take time to digest her
musings. (Mar. 15) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576839346 ISBN13 9781576839348
Availability 0 units.
More About Margaret Becker
MARGARET BECKER is an acclaimed writer, speaker and Dove Award-winning recording artist. She currently resides in Nashville, TN.
Reviews - What do customers think about Coming Up for Air: Simple Acts to Redefine Your Life?
A Book That Gives Good Examples How To Spiritually Reconnect Nov 21, 2007
Margaret Becker has been one of my favorite singers since her '87 debut. Her music has always been introspective and thought provoking. In some ways, I think of her as the sister I never had (we're the same age).
This book shows the same depth that are in her songs. The first two sections deal with her taking a month long sabbatical in late '95, and her use of time to reconnect spiritually. The third section deals with changes that took place as a result of that time.
One strength of this book is Becker is leading by example. She is not giving seven steps to spiritual satisfaction. She is merely describing what has been going on in her life. Some items resounded more with me than others. But then, my hunch is that if you read this book, you'd possibly be touched and motivated by different parts of this book.
I believe I noticed this book has a study guide, and this book does need it, to help each person think about their own lives. This book has been a blessing to me, and I trust it will be to you as well.
Wonderful insights about real living... Mar 9, 2007
I have loved Margaret's music since day one and her writing is the icing on the cake. I loved her fresh take on experiencing a God-directed life. Her honesty and transparency drew me in and challenged me to look at my journey 'With New Eyes' (her first book, also excellent). I have so many sections of this book underlined it looks like a coloring book! Practical, spiritual, essential...
Coming Up for Air---Just what I needed Nov 4, 2006
I heard about this book on a talk show I was listening to one day while driving. I have a very hectic job and this book really "spoke" to me. Since reading this, I have still remained "busy", but have "come up for air"...what a concept. Great Read for anyone who needs to step away and breath.
Refreshment of the Spirit Jul 9, 2006
I've decided that Margaret Becker is the best Christian author since CS Lewis. I loved her music (especially the lyrics.) She has translated that open and brutally honest style of writing to books. This book shows an understanding of what it is like to be overwhelmed by the "tyranny of the busy" and how to break that cycle. I appreciate it is from a single person's point of view and the loneliness that can result from that. However, it is a loneliness that can apply to married or partnered adults as well. Her amusing attempt to reconnect with her childhood and the wonders that entailed were a joy to read. I recommend this book to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed with life and losing that important spiritual connection to our heart, soul, love, and God.
The Real Thing Jul 6, 2006
Margaret Becker knows just how touch the heart of the matter in everyday life. Her simple, yet rich thoughts easily resonate with the thoughts inside of most of us. Her humor is apparent as is her belief in God and the combination is a read that is light yet profound. If you haven't read Becker- now is the time to start!