I hope that you had a love-filled Valentine’s Day! We usually keep our Valentine’s Day celebrations pretty low-key. They typically consist of Dove dark chocolates, a small gift for everyone, and a Lady in the Tramp inspired spaghetti dinner. (Simple traditions for the win!)
On the topic of love, I’m excited to share a great book with you that I just finished. And I’m giving away a copy, so be sure to enter at the end of the post.
Alongside: Loving Your Neighbor
The book is written by Sarah Beckman and is titled Alongside. This is a practical book (my favorite kind!), that encourages you on how to delicately, yet lovingly, help someone in their time of trial. I know from first hand experience that navigating the “how-to,” when it relates to helping someone, can be complicated and challenging.
I think we’ve all been in this position in some form or another. That time in which someone we care about is going through a trial. During this time, we often struggle with knowing how to help in the most effective, caring, and supportive way.
What I love about Sarah’s message is that she helps by not only providing numerous practical ideas (lists of “hands on” ways to serve and great resources), but she also addresses how to listen well, respect boundaries, and honor the level of relationship you have with the person.
A theme that really resonated with me, was this:
“It’s not about you! It’s about the person you are trying to help.” ~Sarah Beckman
So true! But don’t we often forget this important truth?!?
Kathi Lipp, Speaker and Author, had this to say about the book which I think sums up the book’s message perfectly.
“Alongside is designed with you in mind – the friend who wants to be there for their friend, but doesn’t always know the next best step. Have this book on hand for the next time someone you love is in the midst of crisis. You will go from feeling helpless to hopeful.”
Leave a comment below: share with me how someone has loved you well in your time of trial OR a time when you served/loved someone in their time of trial, and it was received well. Winner must be US resident and will be notified in one week via email.
Live well, love well!