About the Book
Title: The Essence of Humility
Author: Lynn U. Watson
Release date: January, 2019
We live in a culture overwhelmed with disrespect, egos, entitlement, rudeness, and offense — lives focused on self, rather than God or others.
The Bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13. Every descriptive word included in the list whispers humility.
Patience — humility Kindness — humility
Not rude — humility Not arrogant — humility
Rejoices in truth — humility No envious or boastful — humility
Not irritable — humility Keeps no record of wrong — humility
Jesus entered our world and walked among us. He placed no importance on rank or position. Jesus life reflected love because it reflected humility, and He invites us to live and love like Him.
Journey with our hostess, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends at The Coffee Cottage. They lead us on a journey to meet real life people — our contemporaries and those on the pages of God’s word, who encountered the same real life challenges you and I face each day. Learn the blessings of a life lived like Jesus lived —- with love and humility.
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About the Author
Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage, was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.
Guest post from Lynn
My first lesson in humility for Volume 3 of Cinnamah-Brosia’s Inspirational Collection came from an assumption. Right. Those are never a grand idea.
When God spoke to me about writing this book, he clearly gave me the subject: Love. I immediately headed to 1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter of the Bible. Of course the book’s title would be The Essence of Love. The end material of The Essence of Joy announced the new “Love” title coming in 2018.
And God laughed. I read 1 Corinthians 13 over and over again. It whispered “humility” over and over again. I called my dear friend – the one I consult with on every one of these books – and said, “You know what? Listen to this. Love is patient – humility. Love is kind – humility. Love is not arrogant – humility. You get the idea. Every single line of this beautiful passage comes down to the barest bones: humility.”
We both laughed a little, too. And we thanked God He clarified His instructions.
To live and love like Jesus requires us to humbly trust God and to humbly serve others.
In Philippians 2, the Apostle Paul presents a lengthy discourse on the humility of Christ. It begins like this:
If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
~Philippians 2:1-4 (HCSB)
The title morphed to The Essence of Humility. I placed the focus on common everyday botanicals and plants – those familiar to us today – for this third volume in the collection. The fun came as I dug the plants from Scripture. I pray you enjoy the connections as much as I did uncovering them and connecting them to Jesus’ life, and to a whole list of characters who lived on the pages of the Bible, along with our contemporaries here in the 21st century.
Thank you for choosing The Essence of Humility. So very many titles out there shout to be read. I am humbled for you to spend time with me here. I have prayed for every one of you.
Copyright 2018, Lynn U. Watson
I hate saying this, but I have to admit I struggled with this one. The author stated she was going through different aspects of humility and using short fictional snippets to discuss them, but I felt mostly lost. The book was a hodge-podge of herbal facts, devotional-type Bible discussion, and fictional snippets of a group of women meeting. It didn’t feel like there was any solid flow to the book. There were certainly some interesting facts included, and I liked several of the thoughts shared on different Bible stories but I wasn’t a fan of the fictional snippets or the overall layout of the book. I admit that while essential oils interest me, I don’t have very much of a knowledge base. I hope to change that one day and I did like reading the facts about them in this book, but I just didn’t understand their connection to the rest of the content. I really hate sharing negative reviews because I know so much of the author’s heart goes into the creation of them, and this one did have good elements to it, but it was just too busy for me. I highly encourage taking a peak at some of the other bloggers’s reviews on the tour as many others fully enjoyed it and you may too.
*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 4
Through the Lens of Scripture, February 5
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 6
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To celebrate her tour, Lynn is giving away a grand prize of a wire basket that includes a hand-stamped “Gratitude, Kindness, Humility, Love” spoon necklace, Hillhouse Naturals fresh Linen hand lotion, locally hand-crafted Lavender-Eucalyptus body and foot scrub, embroidered “Love One Another” hand towel (nice ‘n soft), cozy Chamomile herbal tea, and a paperback copy of The Essence of Humility!!
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