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The Journey by Debbie Johnson - Book Tour + Giveaway



Join us for this tour from August 10 to August 28, 2020!



Book Details:

Book Title:  The Journey: A Traveling Companion Through the New Testament by Debbie Johnson

Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  293 pages

Genre:  Memoir, Religious, Inspirational

Publisher:  Convenant Books

Release date:   2019

Content Rating:  G. No obscenity, violence, sexual content


“With the New Testament in one hand and Debbie’s guidebook in the 
other, you will experience the Christian journey to be an exciting 
venture–though not one for the fainthearted.”                               


Dr. William W. Klein, Ph.D. Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary         







Book Description:
At a time of unprecedented crisis in our lives comes an
inspirational book, THE JOURNEY: A Traveling Companion Through the New
Testament by Debbie Johnson, who has spent decades as a mission worker,
and is the founder DenverWorks, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the
unemployed find work. Whether you are a Christian, religious, or
irreligious, Johnson’s contemporary interpretation of The New Testament
will inspire all who read her book.

Years ago, Debbie took a glorious six-week backpacking trip to Europe.
Now she takes readers on a metaphorical trek through the New Testament,
filling her backpack with a year’s worth of inspirational items. For
Debbie, her destination is love, plus the sense of “mission
accomplished” in her life’s work.

“Maybe this is a time for homebound people (all of us) to read through
the NT,” says Debbie who begins her journey as Christ began his, when he
met two sets of brothers and said, “Follow me” and eventually there
were 12 friends, the 12 apostles. Jesus was no longer by himself,” says
Johnson and got to experience the strength of friends. “My best friends
and I remind each other that we are never alone, even though some of us
live hundreds of miles apart.” Here are some of her many useful and
inspiring key insights:

  • Love of God versus Love of Money. In Matthew 6:19-34,
    she quotes Jesus: “you cannot serve both God and money.” Johnson 
    explains that Jesus did not say you can’t be materially wealthy, as some
    interpret that quote. He just said you can’t serve two masters, so you 
    have to choose which one wins your heart. Johnson explains further that 
    you should be responsible with money. “I never saw a passage that says, 
    “though shalt not make money,” “she says. “It’s all about what we love 
    the most.”
  • Neighborliness Matters. Romans 13:8-14 tells us that 
    how we treat our neighbors is essential to living fulfilling Christian 
    lives. Half of the Ten Commandments address being a good neighbor. No 
    killing, committing adultery, stealing, slandering, or coveting. We’re 
    to love our neighbors as ourselves, meaning we need to love ourselves 
    sufficiently enough to love them. If we can love our neighbors, even the
    unlovable ones, then we’ve fulfilled The Law as Christ commanded.
  • What to Wear Today. We’re to put on, says Debbie, a 
    heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We’re
    to bear with one another and forgive each other. We’re to put on love. 
    We’re to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
  • We Are People of the Day. We’re people of the day, so
    we need to act like it, even in this long in-between time. We’re to be 
    sober and faithful and loving and hopeful, encouraging one anther and 
    building each other up. We’re to appreciate our coworkers and leaders. 
    We’re to live in peace.
  • The Journey with Our Partners. “My best friends and I
    remind each other that we’re never alone, even though some of us live 
    hundreds of miles apart. And for all of us who believe God is real and 
    in a relationship with us, we’re never apart from him either. Our 
    beautiful challenge is to understand that fact more and more, 
    experiential. Life takes an enormous amount of personal strength. Jesus 
    spent a lot of time in conversation with God to gain strength. And if 
    Jesus needed that, how much more do we need it! But we can also draw 
    strength, counsel, wisdom, and emotional safety from each other.” 
    (Matthew 4)
  • Solid Foundations. Luke 5:12-6:49 is full of 
    rock-solid teaching about building life on a firm foundation. Building a
    rock-solid life isn’t about sharing his words and then going about our 
    business. It’s about acting on those words. Not intending to act on 
    them, but literally acting on them. The words are powerful and 
    life-altering, but not easy. Nobody ever said building a life on a solid
    foundation would be easy, just worth it.
  • The Gift. Romans 3:23-24 just might be the best gift 
    in the whole wide world, “for all have sinned and fall short of the 
    glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the 
    redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” In other words, we can lay our 
    burdens down—our guilt, regrets, little sins, big sins. The reason? The 
    gift. The gift of unmerited favor. Some people spend their whole lives 
    striving for approval trying to be good enough, when all along, God has 
    said all we have to do is have faith. All we have to do is ask God for 
    the gift.
  • Practical Matters (1 Corinthians 16). Christianity is
    hard. G.K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not been tried and found 
    wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” But we can do this.
    There is a way to follow Christ in good times and bad times, in 
    heavenly matters and practical matters.
In trying times such as these, Debbie Johnson’s THE JOURNEY will
brings readers daily inspiration and comfort for themselves and their
families.



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Guest Post
WORDS OF WISDOM FOR A HAPPY AND MEANINGFUL LIFE
By Debbie Johnson
I’m not a bouncy, jolly person. I wish I could wake up every morning with a stretch and a grin and a “watch out, world, I’m comin’ through!” attitude. The reality is that I sort of stumble to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee. And some days, I’m a little melancholy, because that’s my nature.

Aren’t you glad you’re reading this blog for my words of wisdom?

But like you, I’ve spent plenty of time on the hunt for that deeply fulfilled life. I’m aware enough to understand that happiness doesn’t hinge on riches or fame or other externals. One of my happiest friends works with the unemployed and doesn’t exactly roll in money herself. One of my most depressed friends is one of the wealthiest ladies in the country.

I know that happiness is more of an internal thing, but I’m also the firstborn in my family (pressure!) and a 3 on the Enneagram (performance!). I suffered from depression for a while in my twenties due to a medication I was taking, which was pure despair. How could I internally overcome all that junk in order to be happy?

The Big Kahuna of happiness research, University of Pennsylvania professor Martin Seligman, feels there are four types of happy lives. (His book on the topic is Authentic Happiness.)
There’s the Pleasant Life—a life that successfully pursues positive emotions about the past, present, and future.
The Good Life—a life that uses one’s signature strengths to obtain abundant gratification in the main realms of life.
The Meaningful Life—a life that uses one’s signature strengths and virtues in service of something larger than self.
The Full Life—all three of the above—trickiest to achieve, but worth it.


So here’s my journey…and I’m not even a Little Kahuna on the topic. I just know that over the years, I’ve discovered my own four things.

1)  Striving for perfection is not a fun way to live. 
2)  Surrendering to God has made all the difference for me. Being a Christian is about grace, not works. It’s the opposite of trying to be good enough.   
3)  Doing impactful work is a key to meaningful life. There are hundreds of ways to serve others, like making a career of it or sponsoring a child or caring for a neighbor.
4)  Finding wholeness within saves us from counting on others to fill us up. (See #2 above.)


So am I the happiest person on the planet? Probably not, but I’m happy. Best Christian? Certainly not, alas. Have I made the biggest impact on the world? No, but like the saying goes, 
“You might not be able to change the world, but you can change one person’s world.” And about that wholeness thing, ask God for it. It might take a lifetime, but the journey can be glorious.  






About the Author
Debbie Johnson is the author of two previous books, A Pocketful of Seeds and Lessons Learned from the Bottom of the Stairs: A Story of Faith and Resilience
with Randy Milliken. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist University
(BME, MME) and has done graduate work in social work at the University
of Denver. In 1995, she founded DenverWorks to equip the unemployed in
her community. She led the organization for ten years before engaging in
international ministry, first as the vice president of Programs at the
Dalit Freedom Network and then as executive director of India
Transformed. She grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. Today she and her
husband live on a farm in Colorado with two dogs and a bunch of
chickens.

Connect with the Author:  website  ~ twitter  ~ facebook instagram  ~


Tour Schedule:

Aug 10 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Aug 11 – Over Coffee Conversations – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 12 – My Journey Back – book review / giveaway

Aug 13 – Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight

Aug 14 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Aug 17 –Books for Books - book spotlight

Aug 18 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway

Aug 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Aug 20 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Aug 21 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Aug 24 –Confessions of the Perfect Mom – book review

Aug 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Aug 26 – The Epistles Of Mark Paul – book review / giveaway


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