About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Essence of Humility by Lynn U. Watson Plus A Giveaway!

MY THOUGHTS! The Essence of Humility is an inspirational book that features a series of short stories centered around Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends as they discuss their life experiences while enjoying coffee at the Coffee Cottage. This is the third book featuring Cinnamah-Brosia and friends but there is a profile of the characters and some background from the previous books so that you don't feel in the dark. Author Lynn Watson shares at the beginning of this book her assumption that love would be her subject since she planned to center her different entries around 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter commonly referred to as the "Love Chapter". However, as she read this familiar chapter over and over, "Every single line of this beautiful passage comes down to the barest bones: humility!" Her Bible study also inspired her to feature the oils, fragrances, fruits and spices that were used during Bible times and to integrate them in the different chapters. There are nine chapters devoted to plants that are familiar to most of us and each chapter has an appropriate Bible verse, Cinnemah-Brosia's stories and the experiences of women of the Bible and women from today. There are also fun facts, recipes, crafts and even paper dolls to spark our creativity and increase our understanding.

Many of the issues found in today's society are the same experienced by women in Bible times and the author reminded me that "To live and love like Jesus requires us to humbly trust God and to humbly serve others." We need to show love and kindness to all people or, in simpler terms, Live like Jesus. Love like Jesus! Be like Jesus!

I truly enjoyed The Essence of Humility and I found it to be entertaining, thought-provoking and very inspirational. This is a very different kind of devotional book but it is one that I plan to use over and over!

A copy of this book was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.




About the Book




Title: The Essence of Humility  
Author: Lynn U. Watson  
Genre: Devotional  
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

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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Lynn is giving away a grand prize of a wire basket that includes a hand-stamped “Gratitude, Kindness, Humility, Love” spoon necklace, Hillhouse Naturals fresh Linen hand lotion, locally hand-crafted Lavender-Eucalyptus body and foot scrub, embroidered “Love One Another” hand towel (nice ‘n soft), cozy Chamomile herbal tea, and a paperback copy of The Essence of Humility!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d93b/the-essence-of-humility-celebration-tour-giveaway

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds like a beautiful read. Thanks for the cookie recipe too!

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