The Ultimate Blessing by Jo Anne Lyon

For Christmas my dad gave me this book. (It’s even a signed copy!) I took a long time reading it because it’s one of those that you read a little, think a lot, read a little, reevaluate your life, read a little, confess much, read a little, share with someone, read a little, think some more. It took me quite a long time to digest it all. Thank you, Jo Anne, for writing this book.

Jo Anne Lyons started a ministry named, World Hope International, Inc. It’s an international relief and development organization. Today, Jo Anne a General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church denomination.

So, a summary. Jo Anne writes about what it means to be blessed and about different types of blessing. Here are some chapter titles: The Blessing of Presence, The Blessing of Power, The Blessing of Holiness, The Blessing of Purpose, etc. It’s full of gripping stories about people she has met all over the world, encouraging words about how blessed I am and how I can be a blessing. Each chapter ends with a set of questions. So this could be a topical study guide for groups.

One of my favorite quotes is “If the life that God blesses is a life that is set apart, could that include being set apart to live amid the pain and suffering of the world, set apart to make a difference?” Another is a quote from secretary general of the United Nations from 1953-1961, Dag Hammarskjold’s book, , “Give me a pure heart – that I may see Thee, a humble heart – that I may hear Thee, a heart of love – that I may serve Thee. A heart of faith – that I may abide in Thee.”

But my favorite quote is the one with which I will end. Frank Laubach wrote in his book, “God, what is man’s best gift to mankind? To be beautiful of soul and then let people see into your soul.”

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