Writer and pastor’s wife, Jeanette Levellie pens humorous devotions with sprinkles of biblical truth, wisdom and in some cases laugh-out-loud humor. Besides entertaining, the short quick-read narratives encourage readers to laugh at themselves and find God’s grace even in the midst of sometimes insensitive, unkind situations, people and events.
At the same time, narratives drive home a serious message, writes Dean Christensen of California State University that teach “God in his grace loves and accepts each of us unconditionally through Jesus Christ.”
Seventy-two short devotions feature a comic caricature cartoon illustration by Jeanette’s son Ron and a focused bible verse. Narratives end with “Two scoops and a sprinkle,” which is a brief three point summary of what’s been read. Sandwiched in between are short stories with applications of biblical truth.
For example, in “From Hair to Eternity, the caricaturized illustration capture a woman’s frustration as a mirror reflects her wild, stick-out-all-over hairdo even the hairbrush can’t tame. Soliciting her husband’s support, the woman asks for his opinion. Caught unawares the husband smiles and says, “Yeah, it does look pretty bad.” (Sometimes honesty is not the best policy)
The bible verse from Hebrews13:5, The Message says “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you…who or what can get to me?”
The three point summary is:
- If we blame God for pain in our lives, we won’t trust and turn to Him for help.
- Sometimes we can be too honest and inflict unnecessary hurt.
- God will take the “lemons” in our lives and make “lemonade” from them if we let Him.
The author’s brief story-style devotions “sprinkled with laughter” help readers discover the “sweetness of God’s heart” for His children. Her stories, written with vulnerable transparency, share personal struggles of forgiveness and love that encourage readers to believe in God’s saving grace for themselves as well as others.
Laugh with the author and learn to laugh at yourself with these amusing, sometimes heart-rending, always encouraging narratives of ordinary experiences and adventures common to us all.
Check out her website: “On Wings of Mirth and Worth” www.jeanettelevellie.com/
‘Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top,’ by Jeanette Levellie, Lighthouse Publishing, 2012, 296 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0983319610, $14.95
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