Welcome to my stop on the “Essence of Humility” Celebrate Lit Book Tour and Giveaway. I am glad you stopped by. Be sure to register to win the giveaway. Details are at the bottom of this post. Let’s begin with my thoughts on the book.
Do you use essential oils? I use some of them, but I had to cut back because of my dog and cat. Some oils that I loved were bad for them. There are still oils I use in different ways, and I believe in their ability to help. I have read books on how to use them before but never a devotional. That is until now.
I loved this book! It is a perfect devotional for women that use essential oils or would like to start using them. The author has written a delightful book giving information, uses, biblical background, trivia and stories on essential oils and plants. Her book was well researched. It was easy to see a lot of work had gone into this devotional.
Each chapter has four or five parts. A Bible study combines facts about the essential oils or plants and what they symbolize, a Bible story mentioning the plant, scientific and trivia facts about the oils, sometimes a recipe, and then a fictional part are all included. That is a lot!
The subject of humility is one that definitely needs explored. In today’s society humility is not a common thing. It was refreshing reading a book dedicated to that. I loved the biblical references and examples. They reminded me that I need to be more kind, loving, and more gracious. Don’t we all?
This book can be read as an individual or group devotional. I would recommend reading it once chapter and then letting the information soak in for a bit. All throughout it I yearned for at least one partner to discuss it. A group would benefit from doing this study. It would be fun, too. I found it to be relevant, engaging, and thought provoking. Finding book three in this series is a wonderful surprise, but at times I was a bit lost on the people. Now I want to read the first two books.
I learned so much from this book. It was an enjoyable read for me. I love essential oils and plants. Books with scripture and biblical references are tops on my list, too. This was a timely topic, also. After reading the first two books, I will revisit this one.
I highly recommend this and give it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided from Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own, honest opinions.
About the Book
Title: The Essence of Humility
Author: Lynn U. Watson
Release date: January, 2019
We live in a culture overwhelmed with disrespect, egos, entitlement, rudeness, and offense — lives focused on self, rather than God or others. The Bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13. Every descriptive word included in the list whispers humility.
Patience — humility
Kindness — humility
Not rude — humility
Not arrogant — humility
Rejoices in truth — humility
No envious or boastful — humility
Not irritable — humility
Keeps no record of wrong — humility
Jesus entered our world and walked among us. He placed no importance on rank or position. Jesus life reflected love because it reflected humility, and He invites us to live and love like Him. Journey with our hostess, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends at The Coffee Cottage. They lead us on a journey to meet real life people — our contemporaries and those on the pages of God’s word, who encountered the same real life challenges you and I face each day. Learn the blessings of a life lived like Jesus lived —- with love and humility.
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About the Author
Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage, was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.
Guest post from Lynn
My first lesson in humility for Volume 3 of Cinnamah-Brosia’s Inspirational Collection came from an assumption. Right. Those are never a grand idea. When God spoke to me about writing this book, he clearly gave me the subject: Love. I immediately headed to 1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter of the Bible. Of course the book’s title would be The Essence of Love. The end material of The Essence of Joy announced the new “Love” title coming in 2018. And God laughed. I read 1 Corinthians 13 over and over again. It whispered “humility” over and over again. I called my dear friend – the one I consult with on every one of these books – and said, “You know what? Listen to this. Love is patient – humility. Love is kind – humility. Love is not arrogant – humility. You get the idea. Every single line of this beautiful passage comes down to the barest bones: humility.” We both laughed a little, too. And we thanked God He clarified His instructions. To live and love like Jesus requires us to humbly trust God and to humbly serve others. In Philippians 2, the Apostle Paul presents a lengthy discourse on the humility of Christ. It begins like this: If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. ~Philippians 2:1-4 (HCSB) The title morphed to The Essence of Humility. I placed the focus on common everyday botanicals and plants – those familiar to us today – for this third volume in the collection. The fun came as I dug the plants from Scripture. I pray you enjoy the connections as much as I did uncovering them and connecting them to Jesus’ life, and to a whole list of characters who lived on the pages of the Bible, along with our contemporaries here in the 21st century. Thank you for choosing The Essence of Humility. So very many titles out there shout to be read. I am humbled for you to spend time with me here. I have prayed for every one of you. Copyright 2018, Lynn U. Watson