Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Essence of Humility by Lynn U. Watson

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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My Thoughts:

The Essence of Humility is the third devotional in the Cinnamah-Brosia series and this time it is about humility. This reintroduces the fictional character of Cinnama-Brosia and her friends and family as they go about their lives, their struggles, and making sense of it all through Bible study.

The stories deal with realistic problems, feelings, and emotions. The author wraps up these stories and the essences’ (like lavender, olive oil, coriander, orange blossom, etc.) into a devotional centered around humility. Characters from the Bible have their stories told and scripture verses are throughout.

This is a very unique devotional (there is even a paper doll to copy and cut out). It is certainly very creative and the author has shown her artistic ability with her words. This is usually not a typical read for me, but again I was hooked by the cover- I like the homemade look of it and I have learned some new and interesting things reading about the different essences’ she has chosen.

I also like that the book focused on humility especially in the day and age we all live in. Focusing on 1 Corinthians 13 and beginning with Micah 6:8, the author takes us on a journey in what humility is like and how we should live it and show it in a world that is entirely too focused on self.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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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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.

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds like a really great read. And so does the cookie recipe.