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Fun & faithful look at growing in faith

  • Apr 9, 2009
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How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons by Kathi Macias is an engaging and humorous look at one woman's lifetime quest to become the Proverbs 31 woman. I've always been a little haunted by Proverbs 31, and I think that many Christian women are. What woman can make all of the family's clothing and bed coverings, plus cook wonderful meals, makes more cloth for profit to buy fruitful land, plus cares for the needy, is thrifty, is never idle and full of wisdom? It's a terribly intimidating list of qualifications! Macias, as a new believer, makes it her life's goal to become that woman, so she sets out to find a role model meeting all of those qualities. What follows is her quest of more than thirty years that stretches not only her faith but her capabilities and introduces her to some surprising people who teach her about faith. As Macias moves from a infant to toddler of faith, she, just like everyone else, takes severalfaceplants , which makes her someone readers can relate to and laugh with. It's a fun book with a terrific message of faith and hope, especially for those who seem to lack the Proverbs 31 gene!

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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.

Table of Contents:

Foreword / by Martha Bolton -- Introduction: Will the real superwoman please stand up? -- Learning to crawl -- Reality check -- Strike two -- Time-out -- Down ... but not out -- Back in the game -- Learning to walk -- A timely reminder -- Face plants -- Who signed me up for that? -- Embarrassing my children -- Cows and Christmas trees -- Learning to run -- You mean it's not about me? -- Imogene's dolls -- When were you going to tell me? -- Locusts and wild honey, anyone? -- Don't forget to write -- Learning to fly -- Changing the flight plan -- Opening night -- Out of the mouths of babes -- Who's she? -- Cell groups -- Learning to lean -- Out of balance again? -- A child finds his way home -- Bernadine returns -- Somebody has to set up the chairs -- Under the mercy -- ...
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ISBN-10: 1596692049 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9781596692046 (pbk.)
Author: Kathi Mills-Macias
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Date Published: January 7, 2009
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