Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: "God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea," Rose Chandler Johnson

Rose Chandler Johnson has been a writer for most of her life. She just didn’t realize that the old spiral notebooks she had scribbled in for years would some day transform into the makings of a manuscript—the rough draft for her devotional based on her struggles as a young mom of six and as a divorcée.

With decades of facing these challenges, schoolteacher Johnson has gleaned a wealth of life experience, which adds an air of truth and realism to her missive entitled, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea. In her forward, she likens her need for God to her addiction for sweet iced tea, her lifelong beverage of choice. She thirsts for both every day.

In her fifty-two lessons, Johnson shares simple truths she has gleaned in her own spiritual journey. She recalls a time in her life when she was way too busy. Then one day, a friend challenged her to be still before God.

In another devotional, she recalls teaching one of her classes about Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” then drawing the correlation of the character’s evil heart to our own deceitful nature.

And she shares an amazing true story of God’s answer to her desperate prayer when her son was fighting in Iraq.

The multitude of spiritual insights she has learned are varied, insightful, and honest. She pulls no punches in calling sin, sin, be it jealousy, unkindness or a judgmental attitude. And she does so in a humble, relatable way.

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is filled with short lessons that include a Bible verse, the story itself, one or two thought-provoking questions, a couple of scriptures to read, a prayer, and then a suggested prayer focus for that week. Each devotional is set up in such a way that you can either do it all at once or spread it out over a few days. It’s the perfect time of reflection and prayer for those who feel they are too busy. It’s also a pleasant Bible Study for a weekly women’s group, with enough short chapters to last for a year.

The author provides lessons of encouragement to help a reader through the universal trials of life. Her words, crafted with healing and comfort as a mother would teach her child, has a simple message: Following God’s ways leads to a victorious Christian walk. It is a
journey with Rose as sweet and lovely as her name. Readers will be blessed!  

Author Bio
Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Finding God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013.  Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with its readers.  Rose enjoys baking, gardening, French, and spending time with her large family.  She is the mother of six children.

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