Book Review: God’s Guest List

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Howard Books/Simon and Schuster, November 2010

Genre: Non-Fiction/Inspirational


Debbie Macomber is well known for her women’s fictional stories, primarily romances and relationship novels. I’ve reviewed several here on my blog. In the past few years she’s branched out into non-fiction with knitting books, a cookbook and inspirational stories. I first noticed her inspirational contributions in the Daily Guidepost devotional. She has a warm and insightful way of writing those short, one-page daily gems of wisdom.

Now, in God’s Guest List, she’s branched out with a whole book that is part devotional, part Christian teaching, and definitely a book to make you examine ย event in your own life.

Debbie’s inspiration for writing this book was a list of thirty people she made many years ago. It was a list of people she wanted to meet in her lifetime. She prayed and asked God to help her have the opportunity to meet these people and she accomplished her goal.

And then one day, while praying, she felt God urging her to create a new list. This was a list that would start out blank. As she went through her days and met various people, the idea was for her to write down the names of people she felt God had sent into her life. This list would be not of Debbie’s choosing, but the ones she believed God had chosen. In other words, this would be God’s Guest List.

It opened Debbie’s eyes to every new person she met. She also began examining the people she already knew: her parents, her husband, her children and grandchildren, her friends and colleagues. She even included those “prickly” people we don’t necessarily like, as well as those people who fall into the category of “angels unaware.” Debbie also felt challenged to think about who’s guest list she might be on.

I like books that change me and/or challenge me. In this case, Debbie Macomber helped me to think about all the people who have been a part of my life. All of them. I even put down on my list some of those people I really didn’t like. Those were the ones who made me tough or taught me some traits I knew I didn’t want.

Some of you will remember Catherine Marshall’s writing. For years I read and reread two of her books, Beyond Ourselves and Something More. Reading God’s Guest List reminded me of those books. The writing felt familiar. God’s Guest List was very well done.

This would make a good book for a Women’s Circle or similar study group. There is a set of discussion questions here on Debbie’s blog: God’s Guest List.


I want to say thanks to the publisher for my copy. However, I liked it so much that I bought an extra copy so I can share it with one of you. Let me know, in the comments section, if you are interested. I’ll ship it anywhere. I’ll leave the giveaway open for a week and announce the winner April 20th.

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7 Responses to Book Review: God’s Guest List

  1. Kay says:

    Margot, I had no idea that Debbie Macomber was writing books like this. Very interesting. Please include me in the giveaway. I think I would enjoy her thoughts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’m not into this type of book so don’t enter me. But it sounds like an interesting project to do (i.e., the list).

  3. Shelley says:

    Enter me in! I love Debbie Macomber’s books as does my Mom. I’m glad she’s branched out into devotional book. Though she rarely mentions God in her fiction books, one has a sense of a well-grounded, faith-filled writer.

  4. Tami says:

    With my big birthday approaching (50 next month), I’ve been doing lots of thinking and pondering about what I’ve learned so far and what I want to accomplish in the second half. This sounds like a thought provoking book – put my name in the running.

    Thanks for the review and the give-away.

  5. Staci says:

    This one sounds fabulous. I love how Debbie did what God asked her to and that was to make a list of people HE brought into her life. What a great way of thinking and one that puts a 360 on your way of thinking!!!!

    Thank you for your generosity for the giveaway!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    Your review is making me think of my own list and since I am such a list maker I am sure I woul like this thought provoking book as would my mother and her circle at church. Thanks for reviewing it, Margot ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lu Scannell says:

    I totally enjoyed this book. I’ve loaned it out and will be buying another copy for gifts in the future.

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