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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Book Drawing! "An Unexplainable Life"

I'm so pleased to feature a book give-away of An Unexplainable Life: Recovering The Wonder & Devotion of the Early Church covering Acts 1-12 by Erica Wiggenhorn.
Erica's book is a Bible study for groups or individuals filled with insightful commentary and thought-provoking questions. 

Read below how you can submit your name in the drawing to win a copy of An Unexplainable Life.

Here's an excerpt from the book from Erica Wiggenhorn.

What are you waiting for today? Is it a medical diagnosis, a paycheck to arrive, a promotion to be announce, a relationship restored, a prodigal to return, to hear the words, “I’m sorry,” a heart to mend or a healing to occur? We’re all in the waiting room of life--for the first time or the hundredth time.

I’m in God’s waiting room right now too. Again. Truly, I hate it, and I wonder why I have to be here. 

Sometimes I think God put me in the waiting room so I’ll finally be still and listen. Perhaps I’ve used the waiting room as an excuse to run ahead of God and take matters into my own hands because my circumstances felt too dire to just sit around and do nothing. When I’m in the waiting room I often stomp my feet, pound my fists, and wring my hands demanding an answer. It’s unfair of God to make me wait.

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Yet I’ve noticed something in Scripture. There’s a lot of waiting. Even after the call. Even after a huge miracle of revelation. God tells His children what He wants them to do, but then He locks them up, casts them aside, or sends them away--to wait. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, and Paul; all of them had long seasons of waiting. Giants of the faith built up over the sands of time. It’s so counterintuitive, but it’s what He does.

And during all of that waiting, He is working in us, through us, ahead of us, and alongside of us, as well as in the hearts of those watching us in the middle of the waiting room. Is it possible we haven’t discovered the reason for our waiting because we’re unwilling to take our eyes off of ourselves? Maybe those watching us haven’t been paying close enough attention, so God continues to ask us to wait--for their sakes.

While I still don’t like being in the waiting room, I can honestly say this go-around is different. While I’d love to ask you to pray that God will provide an answer and direct me to the nearest exit out of here, my request this trip is to ask the Lord for ears to hear what He’s trying to show me, teach me, tell me while I’m here. Maybe that could be your prayer also? Pray, too, that others will hear what He’s trying to show them, teach them, tell them while they are watching you and I in this place of waiting.

There is always a reason behind the waiting, every time. So lean back in your chair and take a deep breath. Listen intently and rest in the stillness.

Wait, did you hear something? I think I just heard Him call your name. 

1. What is hardest for you during your time of waiting?

2. What is something you’ve learned while waiting that you could offer to others to encourage them in their wait?

Thank you, Erica, for sharing about something that every one of us experiences. I relate!

Readers, to put your name into the drawing for Erica's fabulous book, please make a comment on my blog or send me an email: KathyCollardMiller AT gmail DOT com. 

And here's a new twist: if you tweet the above statement, tell me in your comment (on blog or email) and I'll give you two entries into the drawing!

I will draw the winner Monday evening, August 15th and post the winner August 16th.

Erica is an author, speaker, and the Founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing you the truths of scripture to transform your life. For more information about Erica, her Bibles studies or to connect with her, visit www.EricaWiggenhorn.com
Twitter: @wiggenhorne
Facebook: Erica Wiggenhorn


  1. I love the book of Acts and would enjoy this book to share in my women's study. I tweeted your tweet :)

    1. Thank you Jeanne for your faithful reading of my blog. I've put two entries into the drawing for you. And yes, I encourage you to share Erica's book for possible use in your Bible study. Everyone will love it!

  2. Sometimes I think God put me in the waiting room so I’ll finally be still and listen.

    WOW - yes yes yes! But...insert pouty face .... waiting is SO HARD sometimes!!!

    This looks like a GREAT study!

    1. Yes it sure is Nicci! I agree completely! I think one of the most wonderful things about women's Bible study is that it gives us a place to wait together :) Amen?!

    2. Hi Nicci. Always a treat to hear from you. I've put your name into the drawing. And you are right. It's hard to wait...insert pouty face...for all of you. I'm so glad Erica has worked on this Bible study. We'll learn learn how to trust God in that area and so many others. God bless!

  3. I love the book of Acts and look forward to studying it again with the insights from Erica's book.

    Thanks for this give away opportunity, Kathy!

    1. So glad you stopped by! I've put your name into the drawing. I'm confident that all who use Erica's book will be impacted. Glad to help!!!

  4. I love the book of Acts too! There is so much to learn in the stories that are shared within its pages! I find it fascinating that often within a 2 or even 10 year period we are only told of a handful of events that happened, implying the incredible significance of those which God chose to highlight through Luke. It was in this posture that I approached my study time with the Lord: of all the things that happened throughout the history of the early church, why are these specific things so important?! What is it Lord, that You don't want is to miss???

    1. Oh, Erica, I love that perspective. Wonderful! I don't think I've really thought of it that way. I'm so excited about your book. Thank you for letting me feature it.

  5. Congratulations to Jeanne, the winner of the drawing. Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope you'll consider buying Erica's book for your use or a group study. I know you'll be blessed!