Shine: How to Walk the Talk: Nancy Segovia
There are many lessons that we learn as we go through life. It all depends how we deal with them, which ones will help us grow as adults and how our decisions and these lessons impact our relationships with others. Shine is a unique book filled with many important lessons that author Nancy Segovia shares with readers. These are lessons that she learned in life as she struggled with many issues that impaled her judgment and hampered her spiritual growth as she looks inside her own personal mirror, reflects on many encounters and shares them with readers all in the hope of getting closer to God.
Wanting to understand God better, learning how to become closer to him, love and not disappoint him she begins her journey and shares it with everyone as she states he is her light. Let’s follow that light and travel the darkness, the dim, the brilliance and finally what leads us all to Shine. By comparing this spiritual light to the “natural process of photosynthesis, in which a buttercup absorbs sunlight to help it grow,” she explains that it does not know that is what it entails for it to flourish and grown and without that ability to absorb the light it will not live. She elaborates on this and explains that if the buttercup or we does not face the sun to receive the full impact of the light we will not gain its full benefits and taking it further we must also face the Son.
There are many important life lessons learned and shared that I will impart to readers. She speaks about studying the New Testament and how and why it is worth the effort. Most people love chocolate cake, new cars or computers and they love them because of their positive attributes and qualities. So, too you might say we can learn to love and cherish the same in God.
How many times have you heard kids say or even you say: You can’t make me or he can’t make me do it? The author shares that she learned that God, in his great “faithfulness,” allowed her to suffer the consequences when she was obstinate like Jonah and the whale. Relating the story to readers at the start of Chapter 2. She elaborates how our poor behaviors impact God and that he often weeps over his children like any loving parent when we follow the wrong path. There are many other lessons within this chapter that she shares and she includes one of her required readings for a class in Philosophy that helped her greatly: The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux. One statement within the text has greatly impacted her until this day: God doesn’t want our hard work- He wants our love and obedience. The main point that she states many times throughout this book is that she wants to show God how much she loves him and she must and should worship him for who He is. She gives more examples throughout this chapter and she elaborates on obedience and how her rebellious and stubborn streak often got and still gets in her way. In Chapter Three she explains an important lesson regarding imperfections namely ours. “God can use our imperfections to help others and ourselves in ways we can never imagine.” Think about this and read the rest of the chapter, which includes verses from the Bible and references to God. At the start of each chapter the author begins with a special Prayer, which sets the stage for what she is trying to teach and share with readers in that chapter.
Chapter three focuses on how the author or anyone can pray to love God without being selfish or seeming self centered. This is a very powerful chapter as it shows how the author dealt with a serious issue when she and her husband were both unemployed and hoped and prayed that they somehow something good would happen. What happens when you realize that your power might be turned off and not only will you be in the dark but you will be cold in the dead of winter? Find out the miracle that that happened and what aided her to realize that she was and still is finally ready, willing and able to “Walk the talk,” to let his Spirit, His light, shine through her.
Chapter five elaborates and explains Walk the Talk as stated in the title of this book and then Part Two begins with Walk A Mile in My Shoes, which focuses on lessons that everyone including young children and young adults can learn. Everyone makes mistakes and if we do not take ownership or own up to them and refuse to acknowledge them you become as she states:” an accomplice to guilt.” The chapter elaborates more on how this affects your relationship with others and the story of David and eating the showbread from the altar. How do we forgive someone? If you excuse the offense or wrongdoing then there is nothing to forgive and the forgiveness she states has no purpose. Bottom line: we must all try to understand the reasons and the actions behind someone’s guilt and then forgive the person. But, she continues with a valid and important point that we are responsible for our own actions. If you want your buttercup to “shine brightly in the Son,” you have nothing to worry about but if you chose anger, jealously, pride and greed or fear read on page 58 what will happen. Chapter 9 focuses on how people perceive us and how we are responsible for that perception. Chapter 10 once again includes information about the New Testament, the Bible and verses from Matthew. The main points discussed deal with compassion and how combined with understanding results in action of mercy-love in action.
What happens when friends need favors, deadlines are coming up for our next book and things start to overwhelm you? Deadlines have to be met and studying done and the world seems to be overcrowding you. The author relates what happens when things like this take over her life, when she did not take the time to stop and make others more important than the daily stuff and why she needed to take a few steps back and reflect. What about her children? What about her family? What about those who needed her? Page 86 explains what she learns and how she found a way to solve the problem. The final chapter titled the Bottom Line relates many verses from Matthew and how different teachings related to trying to teach her youngest daughter colors and why children are so special and how they have so many unique qualities. This is an important chapter for parents to learn many important things regarding dealing with their children, how what they explain to them must be according to the way children view the world and their parents and the rest like any mystery or good novel you need to learn for yourself. Take the journey with author Nancy Segovia making sure that you have enough light, water, faith, love and let her light shine through you and others. Like the buttercup that requires light: you are hers and maybe she is yours and let your buttercup shine in her Son.
A truly inspirational book with many important life lessons.
Fran Lewis: reviewer
Open your eyes wide and let the light SHINE!