Recommended Reading|Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller

Title: Lean On Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable, and Consistent Community

Author: Anne Marie Miller

About the Book: “Have you ever found yourself in what feels like your darkest hour desperately seeking a lifeline?

Life has a way of throwing unexpected obstacles in our path, tripping us up, and bringing us to our knees. When these crises hit, who do you call? Who do you lean on? Anne Marie Miller found herself in one of these valleys on the floor of a hotel bathroom while on a business trip. Months of stress accumulated and took its toll. In a moment of desperation, she picked up the phone and called a friend for guidance. That simple phone call was the first step in a transforming journey of evaluating what community truly meant and looked like in her life.

We live in a world and a generation where the word ‘community’ is often discussed. But how genuine and authentic are your relationships really? Anne Marie noticed an important tension all of us must recognize in order to have life-giving friendships: “We desperately want to belong yet at the same time, we yearn for independence.”

In Lean On Me, Anne Marie Miller takes us along as she sets out to dig below the superficial and explore what choices are necessary to find intentional, vulnerable, and consistent community. Jesus was passionate about truth-speaking relationships. And with Anne Marie’s narrative and practical insights interwoven together, you will feel more equipped in your quest for these types of relationships as you seek people to lean on and as you pour love into those around you.”

Phone Tree Review: I must confess that I sought this book out for many reasons. One reason that I wanted to read it was because I wanted to understand the concept of what having a healthy, spiritually enriching community of support and encouragement was all about. The second reason was  because I wanted to appreciate the lesson of finding an intentional, vulnerable, and consistent community. The third reason was because I wanted to see if it was possible, in this age of transparent secrecy and feigned openness, to really and truly have a trusting relationship with others in the faith community. Finally, I wanted to read this book because the title, quite simply, drew me in. I am glad that I decided to get this book.

Lean on Me by Anne Marie Miller was not a “pretty words” kind of book and yet it was a work of beauty. It was raw and honest. It was real and heartbreaking. It was a help and an encouragement.

Although many may say that they cannot relate to Miller’s experiences or stories, I genuinely believe that there is a message in this book for everyone. I believe that there are many rich lessons that can prove to be inspiring.

Rating: 5 Stars *****

Recommend: Yes

Status: Christian non-fiction, Non-fiction for women and men

Phone Tree Book Club Selection: Yes (This book will be featured as part of Table Talk Tuesdays. The discussion is set to begin on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. It will run until Tuesday, January 27, 2015.)

A complimentary copy of this title was provided by Thomas Nelson via the BOOKLOOK Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was not expected to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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