Book Review and Giveaway - I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children Author: Linda Wood Rondeau On Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children
Author: Linda Wood Rondeau
Release date: Second Edition 2019
God indeed has a sense of humor. He chose children to teach us too-smart adults what it means to be his child, the very special relationship the believer enjoys with our Heavenly Father. We adults experience the same chaos, misadventure, and heartaches as our charges. Through a child’s example, we learn how God nurtures us with his infinitesimal patience. This easy to read, often hilarious treatise, uses cartoons, witticisms, anecdotes, quotes, and scripture study to bring home these truths. A veteran social worker, Rondeau draws upon her many experiences in working with families as well as her personal experiences as a mom. “You will want to keep this book close at hand for those moments of weakness and pass it along to your friends.”
The author of the acclaimed Hosea’s Heart and Miracle on Maple Street, LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, a veteran social worker, writes from the heart of personal experience. Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, embodies her sense of humor, a trait she believes God gives parents for survival. A resident of Hagerstown, Maryland, the author shares her days with her husband and best friend in life, Steve. Readers may visit her website at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook,Twitter, or Instagram.
Excerpt from the Book
For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.
And by him we cry, Abba, Father
JUST LIKE MY DADDY
The courtroom was silent, waiting for the judge to make a decision—a decision to determine not only where little Joshua would live, but also what his name would be.
Not able to have children of their own, my son and daughter-in-law have adopted five children through the foster care system. Each addition to the family has been considered a blessing—especially so with Joshua. Joshua, who had been in foster care since early infancy, was free to be adopted. When the agency called my son and daughter-in-law who already had one adopted son and another whom they hoped to adopt, they opened their hearts to welcome the youngster into their burgeoning nest. Finally, all the legal work was over, and the family accompanied Joshua for his day in court.
The judge motioned Joshua to approach the bench. From his austere heights, the magistrate pointed to someone in the room. Each time, Joshua was asked, “Who is this?”
“Those are my brothers,” Joshua said, referring to the other adopted children. “That’s Mommy,” he explained as he pointed to my daughter-in-law.
Then the judge’s attention focused on my son who positioned Joshua in his arms, allowing the child to see the judge at eye level. “And who is this man holding you?”
Joshua’s eyes widened. He took his little hand and touched his father’s face as he squealed in delight, “THAT’S MY DADDY!”
The judge, assured of Joshua’s placement in a loving family, told John and Melissa that Joshua was now their legal son. Then the judge asked Joshua, “Do you know what your new name is?” Joshua hugged his new father and blurted with excitement, “Joshua John Barringer, just like my daddy!”
Sad are the indictments against Israel’s kings who “walked in the ways of their fathers” to commit vile acts of murder and idolatry. Sadder still are the descriptions of those sons who choose evil over the Godly example of their fathers. David was revered as a man after God’s heart because he cherished the relationship he had with his Heavenly Father more than any earthly treasure. When he sinned, he could not rest until his spirit was one again with the God he adored.
When we received Christ, God adopted us into His family. He holds us in His arms so we can touch His face. We are privileged to call him “Daddy, God.”
He asks us to be holy as He is holy. He asks us to look inside our hearts and say, “I want to be just like You.”
One of the things that both of my boys (Ages 9 and 7) struggles with is patience. When I say "Not right now." They hear -- I will just ask again in a few moments. Therefore, they start trying my patience. I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children By Linda Wood Rondeau came across at a perfect time. The author uses biblical verses, life lessons, and humor to bring us this book. While I have been a mom for 22 years, my younger boys are the ones that test my patience on a daily basis.
One of the verses in this book stuck with me greatly: Isaiah 45:17
New Living Translation
17 But the Lord will save the people of Israel with eternal salvation. Throughout everlasting ages, they will never again be humiliated and disgraced.
This spoke volumes to me - and has now become one of my favorite verses. This verse is in the 2nd chapter where the author is talking about her son and potty training. God has appointed us Salvation. It is something we can freely accept with no strings attached. With this, he extends us Grace. Grace because he knows that we are going to mess up - even when you have been a mom for 22 years. This verse came on a day that my older son was struggling with his OCD and ADHD. I had a bad day and he asked for my help with some basic math stuff. We both lost our cools and retreated. We both came back together (after I had read this verse) and we hugged. He knew that I was upset - I knew that he was upset. how great that our same Father extends this to us (Yet, he does not get upset with us).
I challenge all parents, new and seasoned to read this book. You will draw a bunch out of it. Each lesson is backed up with bible verses that you can read and draw upon.
I received this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own.