Shine: How To Walk the Talk by Nancy Segovia, NF -Self-help, 2013, 114p, Rating=4
Source: ebook provided by author in exchange for an honest review
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt 5:16
The Bible tells us we need to "shine before men," but what does this mean and how do we do it? In Shine: How to Walk the Talk, Nancy Segovia lays out a series of simple steps you can to take to walk the talk: to love God above all and your neighbor as yourself. Using parables, folk tales, and struggles from her own life, she provides uplifting insights into the Christian walk that can make your first steps easier. She examines scripture for clues on what it means to shine, how to reflect God’s love, and what to do when the muddy messes of life blot out God’s light in you. You will relate to her failings, those "Duh!" moments when spiritual understanding begins to dawn. Most important, you will learn how to apply that understanding; you will learn how to turn your talk into your walk and how to help others to do the same.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught principles that replace and transcends some aspects of the law of Moses. This self help book focused on one of those teachings, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16). The author thus wanted to show how to "walk the talk" as the title states. In other words, if one says he's a Christian then his actions should reflect so. She went through this process of practice what you preach and so she was speaking from experience. She candidly shared personal revelations that strengthen her testimony in God that aided her in how to live according to his teachings. Her "Duh!" moments were plenty and that made her human to me. She made several excellent points through analogies (buttercups, cracked pot, etc) that can inspire one to understand God's love.
I'm not one for highly preachy Christian talks or books (ones clearly giving lip service). This one did not come off that way. Instead it was motivated by desire to uplift. It made for a pleasant read. Well done, Ms Segovia!
Before I go, the author quoted Mahatma Gandhi that I thought spoke volumes about what she wanted her readers to ponder ...Gandhi was once asked about Christianity and his answer, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ". Yikes, great reminder to shine and truly walk the talk! Ergo, this book is a decent source to show you how.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nancy Segovia has been a professional writer for over 20 years. She has achieved publishing success in the fields of adult fiction, children’s literature, newspaper journalism, feature magazine articles and poetry. She is happily married, and has five daughters, five granddaughters and one, adorable grandson. She loves to fish and is a prize-winning cook. Her other published works include “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Benjamin’s Pride” both of which are scheduled to be released later this year from Faith and Reason Publishing. She also has several other completed works which will also be published by Faith and Reason Publishing over the course of the next few years. Nancy Segovia has a Master of Arts Degree in Religion from Northwest Nazarene University, and a Masters of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She currently writes and teaches college-level English classes. You can contact her at www.nancysegovia.com.