January 4, 2009

See You In the Funny Papers by Pam Kumpe

Pam Kumpe is an inspirational newspaper columnist, host of the podcast "Daybreak Devotionals," and inspirational speaker. This book seems like a combination of all of those things to me. The book is full of funny short (2-3 pages) stories based on her life experiences and how she relates those back to God.
One for instance is about reading the Chronicles of Narnia and relating that back to how God sometimes uses the simple and weak to bring about great purposes. Another is about her experience throwing flaming batons at a high school camp and how she threw them too high (against her teacher's instructions) and lit the trees on fire. She relates this back to using our talents within the right means.

I chuckled a couple of times through this book but it was a little over the top for me. Yes, I'm a firm believer that all experiences point to God in some way or another but reading them over and over again became monotonous. I think this is a great book to use for things like a devotionals or talks in church but not for just everyday reading. I would recommend reading maybe a chapter a day rather than trying to read the book straight through like I did but overall it was a good reminder that we can find God in all things no matter how far-fetched they may be.

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