This Life We Share is a woman’s guide to living well—from the inner journey of dealing with anxiety and insecurity to the everyday moments of waiting and distraction to practical principles for parenting, grandparenting, and aging. Jesus once said of the woman who anointed his feet, “She did what she could” (Mark 14:8, NIV)—and that is the goal of this book: to provide insights and wisdom for walking through life with the confidence that you’re doing “what you can” to live well for God, love others, and take care of yourself.
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Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, [it] is as thoughtful and thought-provoking as it is inspired and inspiring. While especially recommended for personal, community and church library collections, it should be noted that “This Life We Share” is also readily available in a digital book format.
by Midwest Book Review
This Life We Share is a wonderfully comprehensive guide for those who want to live and love well with God, people, and the world. With wisdom born from a deep faith, a broad knowledge of Scripture, and a life well lived, Maggie serves the reader as a trusted life coach in these pages. Grab a few friends and journey together as you engage her words. You’ll be glad that you did.
by Scott Sauls, pastor and author
Maggie Rowe has written a masterpiece—her magnum opus—and will guide you through evaluating your inner journey with all its anxiety, insecurity, and pain. She’ll teach you how to live an intentional, purposeful life that’s filled with relationships that matter. The focus of this book isn’t becoming perfect—it’s being God-focused and infusing your life with transformational truth. The writing is exquisite, and each reflection will challenge you to live a life that matters. You can read this book on your own, but if you want to grow a deeper, spiritual relationship with a friend, ask her to join you on this journey.
by Carol Kent, speaker; author of He Holds My Hand
The beauty of a book written by a wise, older woman is that there is something for everyone—a lifetime of varied adventures and challenges which affirm the goodness of God. Every page of This Life We Share reminds me that life with God and others is indeed a treasure. Please savor Maggie Rowe’s words slowly, that the rich truth might sink deeply into your soul, offering strength for your own journey.
by Lucinda Secrest McDowell, speaker; author of Soul Strong and Life-Giving Choices
Maggie Rowe has never steered me wrong, and her insights and great humor as well as spiritual compass on true north has always informed all her advice. As it does this book. Take it from me—follow Maggie’s direction, as it is based on Christ’s. Read this book.
by Hugh Hewitt, author, journalist, syndicated Salem Radio Network host
The first time I met Maggie Rowe, I knew she was special. A woman of deep wisdom, unending kindness, seemingly effortless generosity, and a ten-mile-deep love for God and others. In this memoir of her spiritual journey, Maggie transforms her own life-lived-well into a map for the rest of us. Here are fifty-two devotional reflections filled with kindness, generosity, and the sort of wisdom that can transform you from your “everyday” self into the person you actually want to be. Buy this book, read it, and find in it some quiet space for your heart to soar.
by Sandra Richter, Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College; author of The Epic of Eden
Bravo to Maggie Wallem Rowe! Maggie is honest, vulnerable, and exhibiting of grace. She provides fifty-two reflections through which all the biggies shine—womanhood, motherhood, pastor’s-wife-hood, Scripture studenthood, and writer-/actress-hood. You will know Maggie. And that is a blessing because you may know yourself better.
by Dikkon Eberhart, PhD, author of The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever Told
As I traveled through the pages of this book, I was enchanted by Maggie’s vivid descriptions, her honest longings to do life better, and her genuine love for all who read her words. I soon realized that Maggie’s story is my story, and most likely your story. This Life We Share is filled with time-honored truths for all generations. We, the readers, are the benefactors as Maggie shares her life, connects us with biblical stories, and points us to the one who guides our every step. This is a book to read and reread, and most definitely to share with others.
by Cynthia Fantasia, DMin, speaker; author of In the Lingering Light
Maggie has spent decades following Jesus—as a pastor’s wife, coworker, mother, daughter, and friend. Now she puts pen to page to share the wisdom she’s learned along the way. Maggie has a gift for seeing the world and finding meaning in ordinary days, capturing it in delightful prose. She also has the gift of insight, the ability to harness her own self-awareness for the good of others. In this book, you’ll find more than good advice; I expect you’ll find a new friend.
by Carmen Joy Imes, associate professor of Old Testament at Prairie College; author of Bearing God's Name
In This Life We Share, Maggie Rowe has provided weary Christian women with rich, soul-nourishing words that sink down deep. Engaging with these brief but substantive reflections feels like going on a road trip with a best friend.
by Steve Wiens, author of Shining Like the Sun, Beginnings, and Whole
This Life We Share is an encouraging read about navigating life events in light of scriptural insight. As a cherished sister in Christ, Maggie takes the reader through her own circumstances, fusing her knowledge of God’s Word alongside essential wisdom, humor, and truth. Here, Maggie has created a work that is both challenging to the reader and reassuring—ever pointing toward Christ, who has gone before us.
by Rebecca van den Brink, pastor of ministries at North Sea Baptist Church
Only a sensitive observer could have written this book. I have enjoyed Maggie’s deep insights and ability to synthesize life’s challenges and joys for over thirty years. She is a student of people, Scripture, biography, herself, and those she loves, and an eager friend. In short, wherever she is, Maggie is allthere. It would be difficult to name a subject women might face that this book doesn’t describe and handle with vulnerability, honesty, humor, and understanding. I can imagine a small group of women bonding very easily as they glean more about life from Maggie’s wisdom and decades of experience. Hard questions? Bring them on!
by Gail MacDonald, wife, mom, grandmother, friend, author of High Call, High Privilege