About the book: Mankind has always struggled with the big questions: Why are we here? What is life all about? The search for answers has led in many directions, not all of them helpful. In this age, we are inundated with information, but this flood of knowledge has not necessarily produced wisdom. We find answers to the really important questions as elusive as ever.
It really is all about relationship! This is the open secret, hidden in plain sight all along.
Excerpt: Even after I finally surrendered to His love and entered into a committed relationship with Him, I continued to wander. I continued to drink from other cisterns, to pursue other lovers. Like Gomer, God bought me back from my adulterous slavery again and again. He declared His undying love for me and welcomed me in. No matter how many times I strayed, He loved me and welcomed me home.
Purchase paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Designed-Relationship-Learning-Love-God/dp/0989016609
About the author: T.J. MacLeslie has been involved in a variety of Christian ministries since 1990, including pastoring, church planting, leadership development, prayer, and spiritual formation. He currently lives in the UK with his wife and two children where he leads a team focused on prayer and spiritual formation. You’ll often find him walking the fields with his dog, reading a book, or enjoying a warm cup of coffee.
Designed for Relationship Tour Schedule
Friday, August 2nd
Book spotlight and giveaway at Diane Estrella
Monday, August 5th
First chapter review at Cheryl’s Christian Book Connection
Tuesday, August 6th
Interview at Blogcritics
Wednesday, August 7th
Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, August 8th
Interview at As the Pages Turn
Friday, August 9th
Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life
Monday, August 12th
Interview at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, August 13th
Guest post at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, August 14th
Interview at Broowaha
Thursday, August 15th
Interview at Pump Up Your Book
Friday, August 16th
Guest post and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Monday, August 19th
Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books
Tuesday, August 20th
Book review at JoJo’s Corner
Thursday, August 22nd
Book spotlight at Review from Here
Friday, August 23rd
Interview at Examiner
Wednesday, August 28th
Book Tour highlights at The Book Rack
Thursday, August 29th
Book review at The Book Connection
Friday, August 30th
Book review at My Devotional Thoughts
I would like to apologize for this being about a month late. There was confusion on my end, but I am now fulfilling my requirement. You can still visit the posts above.
Designed for Relationship: Learning to Love God with All We Are by T.J. MacLeslie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am always on the lookout for books that serve as devotional books and/or Christian growth books. I was unfamiliar with this particular author, and I didn’t know what to expect. I was quite impressed to discover how readable this book was, and it was also practical. All the theology in the book is on target, as far as I am concerned, and the author made it very relatable. His retelling of the “Prodigal Son” truly resonated with me, and I even told my mom about portions of that parable I had not previously considered.
One thing that truly impressed me were the personal examples the author shared. Normally in these kinds of books, the author will only share examples where everything turned out the way it should have. Not so with this author! He shared countless examples where the person did not do the right thing. He was careful to point out the fallacies of these choices, and it made me feel like the author was a normal person rather than a “super spiritual Christian.” In other words, what the author spoke about is attainable for the average, ordinary person like me.
If you are looking for a book that is easy to read but will certainly inspire and encourage you in your Christian faith, this is a book I can highly recommend.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.