Jill Briscoe, author of "It Had to Be a Monday," discusses eight things that ruin our joy and what we can do to deal with them in "Heartstrings." Like the Israelites by the river of Babylon, Christians are often tempted...
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Jill Briscoe, author of "It Had to Be a Monday," discusses eight things that ruin our joy and what we can do to deal with them in "Heartstrings." Like the Israelites by the river of Babylon, Christians are often tempted to hang their harps in the trees and stop singing God's songs of joy. Through a discussion of eight types of those trees, such as the Grudge Tree and the Gloom Tree, "Heartstrings" helps those struggling in their spiritual lives by using stories from the Bible and contemporary lives to overcome these obstacles. Question sections assist readers, in groups and individually, throughout the book.
1. The Grief Tree2. The Gripe Tree3. The Grudge Tree4. The Growth Tree5. The Grind Tree6. The Grating Tree7. The Gloom Tree8. The "Girl" Tree9. The Gift Tree10. The Geriatric Tree223 Pages
The Bible tells us of a time when God's people were refugees in a foreign land. Their Babylonian captors taunted: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" But God's people had hung their harps on the trees. Their joy gone, they were unwilling to sing in this strange and unfriendly situation.A lot of things can steal your joy.Life today tempts us in many ways to hang up our harps. Grief or the daily grind, past hurts, present problems, and the trials of normal growth are just a few of the "trees" on which our joy harps are hung. But god has songs for us to sing in every situation. Heartstrings will help us wait, listen, and sing our joy again.
Jill Briscoe and her husband Stuart have worked together for over 40 years, and have three grown children and 13 grandchildren. A native of Liverpool, Jill is a prolific writer and author of The Deep Place where Nobody Goes, God's Front Door, Prayer that Works and Faith that Works and many other books. Jill serves on the board of directors of World Relief and of Christianity Today, and is a popular speaker at key Christian events around the world. Jill and Stuart live in Milawukee, Wisconsin. - Publisher.