Monday, October 24, 2011

Why God Matters by Karina Lumbert Fabian and Steven Lumbert Virtual Book Tour

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was not sure what I would think about this book when I began reading it. I am a Christian but not a Catholic. In fact, I know virtually nothing about Catholicism. I was not sure how much this book would relate to me.

I was so happy to discover just how much I enjoyed this book. Each chapter was written like a mini-devotional, and it hit me right where I was living. Advice was practical, heartfelt, and Biblically sound. It gave me hope for the desperate situations in which I find myself lately. The authors understood what it meant to live out their faith.

I was most pleased that the Bible and Christian principles were emphasized over Catholic traditions. Once in a while, references to Catholic practices I do not practice--praying to saints, rosary beads, etc.--were mentioned, but I did not find these offensive. I found that these were not the emphasis of the book. Praying to God in times of distress and keeping one's faith strong were the most important premises of this book.

This is book I will be keeping and will turn to often when I am going through hard times. I would recommend reading it as a devotional and not just reading it straight through. Each short chapter is thought-provoking for a whole day or week. It will definitely uplift your spirits and return your focus to where it should be--God.

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Karina Lumbert Fabian Bio:

Karina Lumbert Fabian was born into the Catholic faith, but truly grew to love it as an adult. As a busy mother of four, she finds some of her strongest encounters with God's love happen in the ordinary events of the day-to-day. Karina started her writing career with diocesan newspapers but has settled into writing fun-filled fantasy and science fiction that nonetheless incorporates the principles of faith-filled living.

Deacon Steven Lumbert Bio:

Deacon Steven Lumbert officially converted to Catholicism in 1988, but had been a "practicing" Catholic long before that. He met his lovely and loving wife, Socorro, while serving in Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico, in 1966. They raised their daughters, Karina and Regina, in the faith. Steve spent 30 years as a Colorado State Trooper, but retired when God called him to the diaconate. Currently, he serves the Diocese of Pueblo as the Associate Director of Deacon Formation.

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  1. Ruth, what a beautiful, heartfelt review of Karina & Deacon Steve's book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how Christians of all denominations can strengthen their faith by reading "Why God Matters." Your support means a lot to everyone involved.

  2. Oh, I'm so honored that you would want to keep this book for hard times. Every time I read something like that from a reviewer or reader, I'm struck again how much God's hand was guiding us when we wrote this. To Him the glory always.

    Thank you for making my day and I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

    Karina Fabian


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