Publisher: Howard Books/Simon and Schuster, November 2010
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 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.