Stephenson Family Ties The Barn Burnt Down
And Now I See The Moon
"Instead of going to Paris to attend lectures,
go to the public library, and you won't come
out for twenty years, if you really wish to learn."
— Leo Tolstoy

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.....That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."

This is my second reading of this book.  Book Club picked it for this month's readingbook.
Im now thinking it should be read by every small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur. Although it is a great novel, it carries a powerful lesson in what makes people 'tick' and teaches some important lessons through a terrific storyline. 

This is a story about the power of transformation.  Arent all of us in need of some changes?  I know I am!!!

Review from amazon:
No review can do justice to Douglas effortless skill in bringing spirituality face to face with practical everyday affairs.

THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION is a story of the conversion and faith journey of a troubled young man. In order to be at peace with himself about the negative effects his poor decisions and actions have on a beloved surgeon, Robert Merrick begins a series of philanthropic deeds. He follows in the path of Jesus Christ, the perfect model of philanthropy, and in the paths of others before him, including the surgeon whose death may have been prevented if it were not for the reckless actions of Merrick. He becomes consumed with the task of helping others--sacrificing his time, effort, and money in order to do so. Merrick asks that stories of his good deeds are not spread in order that he may be rewarded in a more meaningful way than glory. Christ teaches people to be humble and not seek glory on earth but in heaven. The messages of Christ appear frequently throughout the book.
As a result of Merrick's philanthropic deeds and newly developed spiritual life, he gains a more "powerful personality," the goal of all his efforts. His life is turned around and he greatly affects the lives of many others. His actions are emulated by those around him. One many can truly help to change the world.
This book shows that humanity on the whole is good if humanity is able to overcome worldly temptations. THE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION helped me on my faith journey and I believe that it would have the same effect on other readers. I recommend this book to all Christians as it provides the messages of Christ in a clear and modern way.

It presents many important messages about Christianity without sacrificing entertainment.

There are writers who are artists....Lloyd Douglas is an artist!!
Faith plus action equal results!!
You can read a story about the power of God and scripture yet never-or hardly ever see the word God on any page- and feel  His power and goodness. 


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