40 Days with the Savior by Connie Sokol – Guest Post & Gift Card Giveaway

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Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a sought after national and local speaker. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters” blog. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, and Motherhood Matters as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

Three Behind-the-Scenes Facts About 40 Days with the Savior

1. It began with a Christmas book.

Wanting a more Christ-centered Christmas, I started posting a scripture and inspirational thought about a character trait of Jesus during December. I called it 24 Days with the Savior. Due to requests, I made it into an e-book and donated all proceeds to charity. Looking ahead to Easter, I wanted that same experience so I wrote 40 Days with the Savior, using the 40 days from His preparation in the wilderness for His ministry.

2. The posts can actually influence your life.

I can’t get over how many times what I’ve written or read from the book has changed my choices, even though I wrote them! One post shares about how Jesus held difficult conversations—He didn’t shy away from saying what needed to be said, but He did it lovingly. I had just had a difficult experience with some friends, a misunderstanding, and wasn’t sure how to exactly go about it. The post came to mind and I decided to follow my own advice that I had shared. It was to “behold” the person lovingly first, then have that conversation second. So I did that, and what an incredible experience. We each felt happier, more joyful and that familiar love return. Truly, it was a keeper moment for me and my friends.

3. I was able to complete the book despite many obstacles.

I wrote a good chunk of the posts in January. But during that month we had illness, my baby was waking up most of the night (which meant I was exhausted during the night and day), kids’ schedules were busier than usual, and I had two other books that unexpectedly needed added content and edits.  And yet, I was able to complete them. To me, it’s a small kind of miracle, because my golden typing time is during my baby’s naps, and as it wasn’t taking them, I wasn’t writing. But I truly felt helped in selecting, depicting, and writing about the Savior.

40 Days with the Savior 
by Connie E. Sokol

Do you desire a more Christ-centered Easter?
You’ll experience a more fulfilling Easter season with this collection of inspirational thoughts on trying to become more like the Savior. For forty days, enjoy a daily scripture and personal insight on a character trait of Jesus Christ. Learn more of who He was and what He taught.
As you read these daily devotionals, you’ll feel a joyful connection to the character of Jesus Christ, understand how much He is involved in your life, and discover how knowing Him better makes your life better, too.



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~Connie donates 100% of the profits from her books to charity~

Praise

“Connie Sokol, the queen of simple yet effective, has done it again. What a great resource for quick, daily things that we can do to draw closer to the Savior. This easily fits into our busy lives, reminding us of what matters most.”
~Peggy Urry, President-elect, American Night Writers Association

“I LOVED this book! Connie brings these scriptures home with real, everyday moments. I can savor these bite-size gems throughout my busy day with little ones. The teachings are powerful, and her added insights brought them home for me in a new way.”
~Amy Chandler, Founder My Story Matters

“Connie Sokol’s new book, “40 Days with the Savior”, is just the little push I needed to feel the Savior’s presence in my daily life. Using personal stories, scriptural accounts, and meaningful insights, she helps readers draws closer to Jesus Christ and become a more Christ-centered person. I loved her daily nuggets of wisdom, with titles like, “He Did the Right Thing” and “He Gently Corrects”, to prompt a change of behavior. My Easter will be more meaningful this year!”
~Jodi Marie Robinson, Author of “Women of Virtue” and “A Royal Guardian”

“Connie Sokol has thoughtfully shared fresh insights to well know scriptural phrases. The simple meditations in 40 Days with the Savior are enlightening and empowering. This is an easy way to draw closer to Jesus Christ throughout the Easter season and during the rest of the year. After reading this book I feel my burdens are lighter.”
~Margaret Turley, Author of Save the Child, Administrator Writers Unite to Fight Cancer

Excerpt

He is merciful

Luke 13:11

And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.



And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.



Some think of Deity as being unkind, emotionless, or even punishing. But when we read the scriptures, we find God and Jesus Christ to be loving, compassionate, and always merciful, giving us the most possible good in any situation. This poor crippled woman had lived in a physically deformed state for many years, unable to even lift herself to stand upright. And along comes the Savior, mercifully aware of her and able to heal the infirmity.



In our daily lives, we experience more peace and true happiness when we extend mercy, especially when we’re justified in not doing so.



Years ago I read about a woman, Victoria Ruvolo, whose life was changed forever by a senseless  act of violence. A teenager had thrown a twenty-pound frozen turkey from his speeding vehicle into the windshield of the car Victoria was driving. Afterward, she required six hours of surgery, the surgeons piecing her face together using metal plates. Victoria could have retaliated, or would have been justified in seeking the highest penalty. But this good woman insisted on offering the teenager a plea deal, sparing him a possible sentence of twenty-five years in prison. She changed this young man’s life forever with a careful, merciful choice.

In the courtroom, the young man made his way to Victoria and tearfully apologized. She stood, embraced the weeping boy, stroked his head, and said, “It’s okay. I just want you to make your life the best it can be.” (For the full account, see “Forgiveness Has Power to Change Future,” Deseret Morning News, Aug. 21, 2005, p. AA3.)



The next time justice is in our hands, hopefully we can gently and lovingly wield it, knowing we’ll be on the receiving end all too soon.

How can I be more merciful to someone today? 



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