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‘Anything But Average’ a Great Read Influenced by Rural Culture

Young Adult Novel 'Anything But Average' by Laureen Muir Heggie. countrybestblog.com

Being as it’s summer, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying sitting in my backyard, bare feet up, and reading a great book as the cowkids play in the sprinkler.

‘Anything But Average’ is one of those great books.

It’s a young adult novel written by the very talented Laureen Muir Heggie. It’s high school in a small southern Alberta town with LDS (Mormon) culture. Ranching, rodeo, and football pride are sported heavily throughout. It is definitely a book that country rural folk can relate deeply with.

Truth be told, I’m not much of a fiction reader/lover unless it’s a children’s book. But. I know Laureen personally, so I knew her book was going to be a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and even finished it within a few days (so NOT like me)! I think because of the rural culture and lifestyle it portrays within it, it just didn’t feel all that fictional to me. It was a page-turner with plenty of dramatic spikes to grab your attention. I usually get sleepy while reading, but this one I actually found myself staying up late just to see what happens next!

In short, it’s one awesome book that I think you just may love too. It’s a must add to your reading list!

You can buy it on Amazon (affiliate) here:

Happy lazy days of summer y’all!

Signed,
The Cowgirl

Young Adult Novel 'Anything But Average' by Laureen Muir Heggie. countrybestblog.com

 

 

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God Didn’t Give You a Talent For You To Go and Bury It

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I’ve been thinking recently about Christ’s parable of the Talents found in the scriptures: St. Matthew 25:14-30

There’s also an excellent talk about it here: ¬†Parables of Jesus: The Parable of the Talents by Elder Ronald A. Rasband

In the parable, Christ teaches about a Lord of servants. He gave them all a set amount of talents (money). One got 5, another 2, and another 1 talent. He left for a period of time and came back to see what they had done with their talents he gave. The one that got 5 went out and attained 5 more. The one that got 2 went out and attained 2 more. And the one that got 1 went and burried it in the ground. The Lord was well please with the two and blessed them greatly with double the talents. However, he was very upset with the one who buried the talent given to him, took his away, and gave it to the one who had ten.

A further look at Doctine and Covenants Section 60: 2, 13¬†shows us that talent really means the english word ‘talent’ for our day. Our god-given gift(s) all his children were given to grow them and bless others with.

The scriptures warn us multiple times about fearing man more than God. And personally, I think talents are definitely one of those things we tend to fear man about more than we do God.

“But I don’t want others to see me as arrogant and prideful because I’m sharing my talents so publicly.”

“What if others don’t like it. What if they think I’m no good.”

“Who am I to be putting myself out there on stage. There’s so many others far greater at this than me.”

And round and round we scare ourselves, giving way to the absolute fear of rejection, insult, and mockery of other people. Fearing man instead of fearing God.

There’s a most awesome quote I love by Marrianne Williamson:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marrianne Williamson

It’s amazing isn’t it? Basically that quote sums up what this blog post is trying to convey.

God didn’t give us a talent to bury it. He gave it to us to flourish with it. To use it to benefit the lives of others. We tend to get it mixed up in thinking we’re being pridefully arrogant to jump out into the spotlight and show our talents, but actually keeping it hidden is the prideful thing. As if that talent is yours. Yours to keep to yourself, to do with it as you please. It takes humility to step out and shine it forth to others. To know that whatever happens, whatever others may think, this is a talent from your God and he expects you to serve him by serving others with it. One day, he will ask us what we did with his talent.

I believe that everyone on earth has at least one god-given talent. It may be pure and simple and bless those around you. It may be complex and have a reach of millions. Regardless, they are both a precious God-given gift of equal importance to grow and to bless others with.

I’ve always loved writing. Stories. Essays. Articles. Journaling. Poetry… A pen or a keyboard has always been my passion. But I burried it, having kept it to myself most all my life. And I can tell you now through sharing this talent, it brings me an immense amount of God-given peace.

So let your light shine! Because chances are, someone is need of exactly what you’ve been given.

Signed,
The Cowgirl

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