Thursday, September 13, 2012


Heavenly Gems for Earthly Jams
Reverends Faith and David McDonald

How do you define the help and love you receive from God? How do you define the work of a reverend and learn to ask for assistance when needed? How do you learn many lessons in life and embrace the love of God, understand his message and become a better person and lead a more productive life? As I read each of the amazing essays filled with honesty, humor, special messages and important insights for the reader, you take a seasonal journey through the many stories that authors Reverends Faith and David McDonald share in his thought-provoking book that will make you smile, think, and embrace God and his love for all of us. Heavenly Gems for Earthly Jams will take the reader on a journey through the many seasons we encounter and learn how to focus and deal with some of the most difficult spots we as humans get ourselves into, the ways we try to worm out of a mess and find joy within the pages of this book and much more. This is my review of Heavenly Gems for Earthly Jams by Reverends David and Faith McDonald.

The authors tell readers about Whole Heart Abundance Ministries( W.H.A.M.) and their work with them and receiving the word of God. In His Presence clarifies tit more and then Invisible Lines which will illuminate the reader’s understanding of social lines, learning lines, need lines, efficiency lines and much more. For further clarification you need to read the chapter. Next, “Three Stooges in Inner Space,” where the authors present a great dialogue among the Three Stooges: You have to love it. Imagine standing in a healing line and listen to these three discuss someone that came for help and needed to be healed. It’s hysterical yet sends a definite message: Point: If you ‘re not getting things done- who’s running things: GOD or the Three Stooges? You decide!
Winter has arrived and Christmas shopping is next on the author’s story list as they explain shopping for Christmas presents and your right to choose those you want to send gifts and those you should not. The explanations are simple, the thought expressed definitely correct as you should not buy presents because you have to or if you cannot afford them Don’t give gifts out of guilt or out of pride. Buy the person what they want or need and not want you think they want or need. The rest read page 69. Don’t make gift giving like Pulling Teeth! We more stories about W.H.A.M., Jack and the Beanstalk, Black Friday and “Are We Shopping for Gifts of Good Deals? “ the Perfect gift given is in perfect love is always the best deal.” My birthday video that my two nieces sent me for my birthday yesterday was more precious than anything anyone could have given me or bought. Read this story and understand the true meaning of the words giving and gift. They continue with stories about Santa, Blue Christmas, and include several original poems. “Are You A Smart Woman,” is great and I think after reading it you can figure out the answer for yourself. Moving ahead to Spring and the change of season with their favorite movie The Wizard of Oz, “Genie In a Bottle,” which brings back everyone’s memories about I Dream of Jeanie and when Major Nelson found the bottle and opened it. Allowing the genie to pop out and grant him whatever he wanted. But, God is not in a genie’s bottle and his job is not to grant you all of your wishes. But, he is walking on that beach line and he is carrying someone precious in his arms and that someone is YOU! I loved Ten Things God Wants You to Remember. This you have to read but I will whet your appetites and give you some hints as to why this short story is really special. “ I believe in you,” he says and “I will never fail you.” There is much more for you to learn and read.
Finally, Hot As Hell! Yes, you read it right! Dealing with daily stress, pressure and life can really heat things up for anyone at times. You need to deal with these three difficult factors of life and learn how to find you way. God: “What in the world are you doing to me?” One question we often ask or yell out loud or scream in the street or sticking your head out of the window and yelling these words. Find out the answer to dealing with life in general when you read this short story. I love Hope Happens When as the next essay I want to share with you in my review. Hope Happens when: I believe in promises again in God and humanity.” Hope happens when:  I quit allowing hopeless people to dictate my frame of mind.” Next, let’s listen in as Billy and God have a really interesting conversation

There are many times that we find ourselves in a serious quandary over how we should handle certain situations. So, why is it when asked if we need help we shy away or turn it down. Some feel uncomfortable to accept help while others refuse to admit even to themselves that they could use assistance. Do we feel inadequate? Are you offended when asked if you need help? Those that ask to help you should be trained and equipped to handle the situation that requires their assistance. Ministers are asked for help and gladly give it upon request. As Reverend Faith McDonald states, “ Ministers can only do that which we are equipped, allowed and empowered to do.” Believe it or not the requester can handle most requests for help if they take the time and put the effort into it. But, some prefer to flounder, wander and drift in many directions and before finding where they are really supposed to go. In the second story this message is explained, as many need to find direction, many must learn that if “God is moving you in a new direction, then GO! Remember it is God who created his own GPS to help guide us and get us on the right path. (God Positioning Saints.) But, what about if God decided to show up in Mayberry leading Barney, Goober, Ernest T and Otis into having what they might consider a philosophical discussion or the rest of us a comedy of words. Imagine if Otis saw God dressed in a cop’s uniform. Now, that might be what he thinks he saw but then who knows the reality that Otis sees. Ernest T things that this might be possible and Barney chimes in with his own thoughts as Goober feels that God would not wear a regular uniform but that of a state patrol officer. Well, after careful deliberation and discussion they come to their own conclusion. Just whom they think God is? Read it to learn the answer.

Betrayals come easy to some. There are those that endear themselves to you, ingratiate themselves into our lives and then take it all away for some reason that gives them pleasure. Read “Judas,” Kiss”, but make sure you go not get too close or allow that person to plant one on you. Judas: You know his final outcome don’t let it be yours!

“Stranger that Fiction takes two young boys on a journey they will never forge. Fearless is next when our author relates the true meaning of the word, the reasons she was named Faith and what fear does to a person and how she learnt to cast it off.

Each story, essay or teaching poses a questions we all face in our lives, teaches us a lesson or explains “our relationships or lack of,” with God. Failures come and successes too, but how you work through them, embrace the victories knowing God himself, gave these victories to you, is just part of what the authors want to impart to all readers. Each offering in each chapter is unique, presents a situation that the author’s have lived, a proverb explained or an encounter they’ve shared adding in a real life experience and a strong touch of humor and you have the Heavenly Gems for Earthy Jams filled with just the right recipe for a five star book of priceless gems to read when you need to understand life’s mishaps and how to deal with them and work them out with God’s help.

Finding a place in this world for yourself and not feeling isolated or alone is what some feel each and every day. Read, “Where’s My Space,” to understand how to deal with this and more.

The authors tell the reader about W.H.A.M and their work with them and receiving the word of God. In His Presence clarifies it more and then Invisible Lines takes the reader inside the world of what we need each day to survive: Need Lines, Social Lines, Efficiency Lines and even Initiation Lines. Next, imagine seeing the Three Stooges in a healing line trying to help those in need of help! Picture Moe, Curly and Larry trying to help someone that needs help! This is hysterical. But, there is a definite message: If you’re not getting things done: Who’s running things: God or the Three Stooges? Think about it before you answer!

The season of winter is next and Christmas shopping is on everyone’s mind including the authors. So, you want to give presents and you are not sure what to do. Never buy a present or give one out of pride or guilt. Never buy someone something that you want him or her to have or think they need. Buy presents for a person that they need or you know they might want. Don’t buy what you cannot afford and if you cannot afford to buy gifts then don’t. The nest story dealing with this same issue is: “ Are We Shopping for Gifts of Good Deals?” The perfect gift given in perfect love is always the best deal! The video my two nieces made for me yesterday for my birthday just priceless and the best gift I have ever received. The rest read it. Read Blue Christmas, the many different original poems the authors include, “Are You a Smart Woman?” which asks this question of not just woman but men too! The answer you can figure out for yourself after reading it.  Moving ahead to spring and the Wizard of Oz, “ Genie In A Bottle,” which reminds us and brings back memories of that beach where Major Nelson found Jeannie and all his wishes came true. God walked on that beach line too and he carried someone precious in his arms and that someone dear reader is YOU!

Finally, Ten Things God Wants You to Remember, which includes: I believe in you and I will never fail you. Hot as Hell tells how we need to deal with our daily stresses in life and when things get really tough. Ending with Hope is What Happens when: I quit allowing hopeless people to dictate my frame of mind. Or God is for me not against me. There is much more. What would this book be without a conversation between a young boy named Billy and God. Listen to the conversation and learn the most important lesson: Just open side the eyes of your faith and of your heart and you shall see me. GOD!

Finally: their websites, information about W.H.A.M. and final thoughts. Lessons that are invaluable that can be used in discussion groups, religious classes, character education and parents with children at home.


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