Synopses & Reviews
In the tradition of One Simple Act
and Gods Guest List
, perennial bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber reveals in inspiring, moving stories that the simplicity of one perfect word can become profound. When Debbie took the time to intentionally focus on a single word—such as prayer, trust
, or surrender
—for a whole year, this act changed not only herself, but those around her.
“The surprising thing is that when we decide to focus on one word for the year,” Debbie writes, “God takes part in the choosing. Thats why the word is perfect for us. We may not see it at the time, but as we look back we see that it all worked together—our word, our life, our journey.” For example, the year she chose the word balance, her career moved to a whole new level. The pressures on Debbie to speak, promote, and practically live on the road were overwhelming. It was her yearlong focus on that all-too-difficult word balance that helped her refine her schedule. As you read Debbies and others stories, you will be inspired to find your own word and will see how one perfect word can make all the difference.
One Word Can Make All the Difference
For almost twenty years Ive been meeting with a group of women entrepreneurs for breakfast once a week. Many years back, my breakfast club ladies and I decided to select a word to serve as a personal focus for the year. Over time the words Ive chosen have had a powerful impact on my life. In John 15:7 the Lord says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” That could be the story of my life. As Ive tried to remain in Him and tuck His words deep in my soul, Ive asked, Ive imagined, and Ive dreamed. I have to confess, Gods blessed me far beyond that for which I asked. Why should that be such a big surprise? That verse carries a promise. And God always keeps His promises.
When we choose one single word from His Word and spend a year with it, Ive found that the Lord takes us by the hand and walks us through the year, teaching us about that word, about ourselves, and even more, about God Himself.
—from One Perfect Word
"In this slim volume, part memoir and part inspirational tract, megaselling romance novelist Macomber (Cedar Cove series) explores her lifelong practice of choosing a single word each year to study, meditate on, and incorporate into daily religious practice. She gives examples of some of her past words, such as 'prayer,' 'desire,' 'hope,' and 'passion,' and illustrates through past journal entries and reflection how each year of her life has adhered to its designated word. This practice has clearly been integral to Macomber's spirituality, and some readers may be inspired to utilize this intriguing idea in their own lives. The book itself, however, fails to live up to the promise of the idea, constituting instead a rather bland pastiche of unremarkable journal entries and faith-promoting stories drawn from various other Christian works. Additionally, the inclusion of concrete suggestions for implementation only once every chapter is incongruous and serves to scatter the book's focus, especially since many of them feel more like advertisements or inducements to buy things than genuine advice. Agent: Wendy Lawton." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A master storyteller’s true stories show how focusing on a single word had lasting life-changing impact on her and those around her.
Award-winning, perennial bestselling novelist Debbie Macomber applies the best of her fiction writing skills to true stories that illustrate the profound impact focusing on a single word—such as balance, surrender, or believe—for a whole year can bring.
In One Perfect Word, Debbie encourages readers with stories of her changed life when she took the time to intentionally focus on a single word for a whole year. Debbie shows readers how choosing a word to focus—and act—on changed not only Debbie, but those around her. In the tradition of One Simple Act and God’s Guest List, Debbie tells inspiring stories of how living just one word can change someone’s world. In a world where too many meaningless words overwhelm us, the simplicity of one perfect word becomes profound. Words like “surrender,” “believe,” and “purpose” took on new meaning for Debbie when she tried to live them out.
Read how Debbie discovered that the word she chose often foreshadowed the crisis she would face in a particular year. For example, the year she chose the word “balance,” her career moved to a whole new level. The pressures on Debbie to be speaking, promoting, and practically living on the road were overwhelming. It was her yearlong focus on that all-too-difficult word balance, and a plea from a lonely granddaughter, that helped her refine her schedule. Readers will be encouraged to find their word for themselves, and see how one perfect word can make all the difference.
About the Author
Debbie Macomber, the author of Hannah's List, Summer on Blossom Street, Twenty Wishes and the Cedar Cove series, is one of today's leading voices in women's fiction. A regular on every major bestseller list with more than 140 million copies of her books in print, the award-winning author celebrated her third publishing "triple crown" in September 2009 when the latest in her Cedar Cove series, 92 Pacific Boulevard, scored #1 on the New York Times, USAToday and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. That same month Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook debuted on the New York Times list at #8, and her hometown of Port Orchard, Washington, on which her Cedar Cove series is based, welcomed readers from 42 states and seven foreign countries to the first-ever, five-day "Cedar Cove Days" festival. Debbie's popularity is worldwide with her books translated into twenty-three languages. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of eight grandchildren. They live in Washington State and winter in Florida.