|About the Book|
In the hands of Chieko Okazaki an ordinary scrap of string evolves into a delightful cats cradle pattern. With equal expertise and enthusiasm she radiates her testimony of the brightness of hope that the gospel brings.A bumper sticker she quotesMoreIn the hands of Chieko Okazaki an ordinary scrap of string evolves into a delightful cats cradle pattern. With equal expertise and enthusiasm she radiates her testimony of the brightness of hope that the gospel brings.A bumper sticker she quotes could well be a summary of this collection of addresses. Hard-hat construction area: christian under construction. She adds: Were all Christians under construction, and thats an area where we need hard hats. Its . . . a little risky sometimes.Sister Okazaki shares her personal experiences reaching out to the reader with love, support and encouragement. Her often penetrating insights into the tests of mortal life ring with truth and sincerity. Just as with the pattern of the cats cradle, our lives connect and intersect. She describes those connections in both inspiring and practical terms over a broad spectrum of topics: partnership in marriage and in Church callings- love, the heart of the gospel- the process and the joy of service- replacing circles that exclude with circles that include- the changes life brings and the responses we choose- how to accept and handle our mistakes- bringing hope and growth out of the deserts of adversity- using the flowers of our loves for either joy or consolation, as needed- and much more. Pervading every address is Sister Okazakis sense of the reality of Jesus Christ and how we can make his cause- love- more deeply our own.