29 March 2011

More Than Rules


I have another package to share with you, but first things first...


Another Salad creation using Raincoast Canned Wild Salmon, 
Eden Black Beans, Avocado, Capers, Cucumber and Lettuce


And a simple Dressing made with Yogurt, Lemon Juice, 
Red Onion, Stevia and Cayenne Pepper + Black Pepper


Mixed and tossed together in a fun-shaped salad bowl


Whenever I eat a salad, I always have thoughts of "Oh, I should have
 added ___ or more ___ ... and wouldn't ___ be so yummy in this!"


Now that my belly is full, let's revisit that package I showed you in the beginning...


After my Glory to God... and Sweet Potatoes post, I received a beautiful email 
from Kristin @ Better Vita. Her Father, who has been an active ministry member 
for over 25 years, has written a few books on the topic of Religion vs. Relationship


More Than Rules, It's a Relationship by Robert C. Crosby, is an honest and 
straightforward conversation depicting the downfall of Religion, and the rules
& requirements that cause so many people to pull away from faith altogether 


This is a book I NEEDED to read, and everyone NEEDS to
 read themselves. If I could share with you 3 key points
 from this book you can take away with you, it would be:

1. Religious people are not "good" people, and God doesn't care whether you are "good"

2. God wants only for you to have a personal relationship
 with Jesus, one that you don't need to go to church to find

3. That relationship isn't about boasting, doing "good" things, repenting, praying, going 
to church etc. It is your own unique connection to God and his Son; The spirit you confide 
with in silence, that you turn to within to find meaning and connection in your life


You can visit the author's website here to learn 
more about his books and the amazing work he does! 


Thank you to Kristin and the entire Crosby family for sharing
 your truth, knowledge, faith and insight with myself and the world

23 comments:

damnthefreshman15 said... [reply]

That's a yummy-looking salad! It looks even sexier in the bowl!

The book looks interesting, most definitely. However, I think that beyond pure religion, a meaningful life does come down to actions. Whether they are sparked by religious devotion is moot. It's a reason I have a lot of respect for the Jewish faith--there's a huge emphasis on action and life on earth, which is why they don't have a particularly defined concept of "heaven." Just my thoughts though!

Lindsay and James Cotter said... [reply]

that sounds like a great book! I hope you get to tell us more when you read it. Thanks so much for sharing Kelsey!

Holly @ The Runny Egg said... [reply]

Sounds like an interesting book Kelsey -- I agree that your relationship with God is more important than going to church -- its taken me some time to figure that out to be honest!

Your salad looks delicious!

Rebecca said... [reply]

salads are definitely something that can be hit or miss with me. I need to make sure i have the right balance of flavor, consistency (need me some crunch) and density!

Tod said... [reply]

Nice, I like the books.
I agree with the 3 points you shared. I think the only reason people go to church or enrich in more community involvement within religion is because of the social aspect that all human being crave. We crave to be liked, belong, and express feeling to others to be accepted into a group that thinks the same and will support each other. It's a reason why Face book is so popular... the constant need to be accepted and loved by others.

The belief in God is good to have self confidence and a goal to strive for the better good, whether you take it as an introvert, or an extrovert that’s your choice. God is a way of positive thinking... it can help you a lot when you need to think positive for something small or large when in a desperate time or not.

Natalia - a side of simple said... [reply]

Your salad actually has me craving one now, something that does NOT ever happen. Honestly, I'll only ever crave chocolate (and then randomly brussel sprouts.) Yours looks delicious, though!

Also, thanks for your review of that book. It sounds interesting and I might see if it's in my local B&N to browse through a bit!

Lucie said... [reply]

Ah, your salad looks like something that might be served in a posh hotel - shame i cant jump through my screen (id steal it from you). Also, loving the nature of this book, its something id be interested in reading! x

Amanda said... [reply]

As an agnostic, I'm still always interested in hearing from another perspective, and this book sounds really good :-)
Aaaaand your salad looks epic - I just bought some salmon for a salad and think I've found my inspiration!

vegansunshine said... [reply]

The book looks really good. I would read it for sure because I really like the points that you brought to our attention.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Whitney

Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said... [reply]

Amen amen amen to the relationship thing! Too many people forget that is the most important thing. And I always do the same things with salads. Oh...this would be so good in there! I should have added ___.

Missy said... [reply]

Awesome book.
I always say that Christianity is a relationship not a religion but no matter what you call yourslef it is important to know that God does not need to be won over or impressed by following dogma.

livelaughloveandrun said... [reply]

Do you always make your own salad dressing?? That one looks great!!! You should start selling them!

Monique said... [reply]

YUM! That dressing sounds delicious and I love that salad bowl :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said... [reply]

Sounds like an interesting book. I have always believed that faith, over work is most important.

Jenny said... [reply]

What a delicious looking salad! That book looks really interesting btw :D

Kristin said... [reply]

Awesome post Kelsey! So glad you enjoyed the book. More will be on the way :) Hope you're doing great!

Tori said... [reply]

I've no business commenting right now, as I've got a research paper I need to be writing, but I had to say something because I really like the books message. So many people have misconceptions about Christians, it's hilarious and sad all at the same time. Being a Christian is not being a goody two shoes, or a big prude. It's all about having a real personal, and close relationship with God. And it has nothing to do with anyone else, or what anyone else thinks.

By the way if you haven't read The Purpose Driven Life yet, and you'd like to, I'd be happy to send you a copy when I'm done with mine, because I think you'd find it interesting.

Monet said... [reply]

Amen Kelsey! These are truths we need to hear. I'm so glad that this book touched your soul. I am going to need to check it out. My faith has been challenged over these past few weeks/months. And your salad looks delicious. I need to start buying more canned salmon. Thanks for sharing, my dear friend. It feels good to return to the blogs I love after such a hard and trying week. Your words and photographs bring a smile to my face.

Anonymous said... [reply]

God has nothing on this stuff:

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81401826/

Awesome vid btw and post is good

fashionfitnessfoodie said... [reply]

I think my mom would love this book :) I will have to pick her up one... Thanks for sharing!

We Are Not Martha said... [reply]

That salad looks amazing!! Super flavorful, healthy, and filling :)

Sues

Rach said... [reply]

That book sounds really good. And it makes some great points!

balancejoyanddelicias said... [reply]

I love this bowl of salad and the bowl!! So pretty!

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