Catching Contentment is more than just a book. It’s a treasure trove of nuggets of authentic life stories, wisdom and faith to which you will want to return again and again. It will speak differently to each reader, and to each reader in different seasons of their life. It speaks encouragement and hope and it challenges the reader to want to go deeper with their faith in God. In a world where constant striving for more and better is the norm, this book teaches about finding contentment in God in whatever situation we are placed. It is written in a very honest way out of Liz’s raw experience in bite-size chapters beginning with a poem and ending with a prayer and meditation.
‘In my starkest pain I held on to confidence in the Lord, and discovered that confidence to be a bedrock to contentment.’
Once in a while a book comes along that surpasses anything you have read in a very long time, this is one of those books! Liz Carter lives with a progressive lung condition that has deeply impacted her life. She is in constant physical pain and yet by deciding to explore where God is in her suffering she has managed to find Godly contentment within her earthly constraints. Liz draws on Paul’s letters in this vulnerable, honest book and teaches us how to find contentment in all circumstances. It is beautifully written, uplifting and packed full of profound wisdom and biblical truth. This is a soul stirring book and I guarantee it will leave you changed for the better.
This book isn't only compelling, inspiring, challenging, and deeply encouraging, it is truthful. When it comes to Christian books I often feel they lack the courage of being completely real, raw even. This book does that. It is a truly refreshing read, but also a life-changer when read with expectation that God will speak through its pages. This is one of those books that you have to keep yourself from reading too quickly as it's very well written and compelling. However, when I allowed myself to move through it slowly (sometimes re-reading parts), considering the questions at the end of each chapter while prayerfully entering into the scriptures the author opens up, God uses this book to draw you into contentment. I would recommend this to anyone. I've already bought another copy for someone else.
In Philippians 4:12 Paul wrote that he learnt the secret of being content in all situations. But can we? When swamped with heavy burdens, through suffering, bereavement, in a vicious cycle of despair, chronic illness? Well this author writes from experience through her progressive lung disease, she is very open on what she goes through and clearly from reading the book, she learnt to reach out to God through scripture to reach contentment as Paul did. Through this journey the author has turned this deep biblical understanding into this book that is easy to read, and clearly a God given gift that she has shared this talent to reach out to others so we can also find contentment our own difficult lifes. Each page is saturated in God's love that guides us to find peace far from that the world can do. At the end of each chapter is a reflection and prayer that I found very useful. Now I have read it all straight through (couldn't put the book down) I will go back and read again and again. I think this is the best Christian book I've read, I highly recommend this book, life changing!
It has become a cliché to call a book life changing but Catching Contentment truly deserves that description. Liz Carter writes with an infectious love of God and joy in His Word that inspires and challenges in equal measure. A key word throughout is 'contagious' with the challenge, will we allow God to make us contagious with passion, beauty, life, worship and indeed contentment in the midst of the reality of our pains and struggles? This book and teaching is utterly real because Liz has struggled since childhood with a chronic lung disease and is in constant pain, yet still knows how to delight in God and live at peace. In one very thought provoking chapter she teaches us how to genuinely 'lament' the things that are grievous in life and how important that lamenting is to bring us through to peace and trust. Liz's trust and delight in her God shine through every page and for me it has been instrumental in drawing me closer to God and birthing a passion to live in contagious contentment myself. I would say this is a 'MUST READ' and wholeheartedly recommend it with 5 stars..
I would thoroughly recommend this book. Liz explains that she has a progressive lung disease and as a result she spends a lot of time in pain and with infections. She uses this reality and the book of Philippians to offer an insightful and challenging exploration of what contentment is and how to find it in different areas of our lives. It is a must read if you are facing a difficult situation right now, even if you are not it will help prepare you for when you do!
Liz Carter has created a beautifully written, sensitive and accessible book that cannot fail to be uplifting and inspiring to anyone reading it! I chose to read it because the title ‘ Catching Contentment, how to be holy satisfied’ intrigued me and led me to want to know more. At my time of life I still, like many I guess, do not feel holy satisfied - the illusive feather of contentment is still floating just out of reach! I wanted to know how Liz had managed to find contentment.
One of the key strengths of this exciting study is how courageous Liz is to bare her vulnerability and suffering so that others can learn from what it has taught her. My copy has many highlighted paragraphs and quotes and notes in the margin, because it oozes with inspirational insights gleaned from reaching deep inside to catch a deeply rooted contentment that can only come from God.
I shall be delving back into this book over and over again as there is still so much for me to digest and learn from. I love the carefully selected quotes she uses from the bible to support each chapter and the beautifully crafted and thoughtful prayers she has created at each chapter’s end, but most of all, the questions she poses throughout for me to ponder on are making me rethink aspects of my life, my beliefs and my understanding of God.
This book tackles tough issues head on in a really encouraging and down to earth way. I was fed up of reading books that patronise or tell you that God is there and you just need to have faith. This book takes you on a great journey of faith without any pretenses or patronising.
Liz Carter comes from a place where her faith is real and has sustained her through some really tough times, and this comes through in this book. I found I was lovingly challenged to think through circumstances from different angles and came to a fuller more satisfactory conclusion of how much God is in control, of His great Love for all and for the way forward into difficulties in the future.