Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wonderstruck: A Conversation with Margaret Feinberg




I've been on a wonder journey. In October I posted 31 (-ish) days of wonder. Because that's what Playdates with God is all about--finding God in every moment...seeking the deeper meaning of these days we stumble through.

I was so pleased to find a kindred spirit in my wonder-ing. My friend, Margaret Feinberg, has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called Wonderstruck:Awaken to the Nearness of God --releasing Christmas Day. Can you imagine a better Christmas gift than that of wonder? Margaret's book has been described as a personal invitation for you to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life. (To learn more, watch the Wonderstruck Video).

I recently received the insider’s scoop about Margaret’s new book. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruck book and Bible study come from?

Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it can’t get worse, it somehow finds a way? Most people who have worked in ministry have experienced those seasons—some may be in one right now.

My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, “God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as I’ve never known you before and see you in places I’ve never recognized you before.”

God did not disappoint.

What do you mean by “the wonder of God”?

Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. It’s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: “being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe” and “to think or speculate curiously.”

Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. That’s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more.

In other words, the wonder of God isn’t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of God—to go deeper and further than we’ve ever been before.

Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?

If you look in the Gospels, what you’ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like “awe” and “wonder” and “marvel” at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and I—who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High?  We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at wonderstruck@margaretfeinberg.com and we’ll send you one.

Follow Margaret’s snarky, funny, and inspirational posts on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog. You can learn more about this wonder-full book by visiting www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck where she’s offering some crazy promos right now with up to $300 of free stuff. 

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22 comments:

Sandra Heska King said...

This book came while I was gone. I'm so excited!

Margaret Feinberg said...

Thanks so much for posting this, Laura! I love the closeup photo--wonder is oftentimes in the little things if we stop and stoop down to look

Margaret Feinberg said...

whoo hoo!!

Ann Kroeker said...

So true...this sense of awe that we see in Scriptures. The book sounds great, Margaret! And Laura, thank you for inviting Margaret and her message into your space.

amyscanderson said...

Looks excellent, and it does tie in perfectly with playdates. I loved the scenery of that video—just right. It reminded me of some scenery we saw last summer. Glad you posted about this!

Margaret Feinberg said...

Ann, thanks for your comment!

Margaret Feinberg said...

amyscanderson, where did you see such lovely scenery? Hope that means you got to do some traveling!

David Rupert said...

I am so captured by "wonder". Your month-long posts, coupled with some time with Jeff Johnson music, and now this. "Star of Wonder,..." Thanks for the recommend.

Laura Boggess said...

It's my pleasure to share your lovely book, Margaret. You are so kind to stop in and visit! Lovely to see you here.

Laura Boggess said...

Uh-oh...you can't blame me for this one, Sandra! You must have ordered it before I plugged it. So hubs can't blame me this time...

Laura Boggess said...

I love how Margaret encourages me to see the wonder of the world around me. All the earth declares the glory of God. If only I open my eyes to see.

Laura Boggess said...

Isn't that scenery amazing, Amy? Breathtaking. I think I could live in wonder with that outside my window every day :)

Laura Boggess said...

I need to get me some of that Jeff Johnson music, David. I really enjoyed him at Laity Lodge. I think it would go perfect with the wonder theme :)

David Rupert said...

A reoccurring theme in Johnson's albums is Wonder.

Sandra Heska King said...

Ha! That's true. This time...

Sandra Heska King said...

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, Margaret. I've got a thing for wonder. :)

amyscanderson said...

It reminded me of Glacier National Park in Montana—we traveled there in August. Loved it! Your study looks great. Hoping to do it!

amyscanderson said...

oh me too, Laura! a wee bit better than the view of houses and roofs I do see.

dukeslee said...

I like what Margaret says here: "the wonder of God makes us want more of God..." I read three chapters of the book and am looking forward to reading the rest. Have a great Christmas, Laura. Hope your day is going well. I've been praying .... xo

MargaretFeinberg said...

It's so true-- when we get a taste of God, we can't help but want more and more! Happy New Year to you, Jennifer!

MargaretFeinberg said...

We all can use more wonder in our life-- praying God astounds you with wonder upon wonder.

MargaretFeinberg said...

Hope you get a chance to get your hands on a copy of Wonderstruck. Can't wait to hear what you think, Amy.