Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Lit Tour: Waiting for God


Welcome to my blog's Sept. 15 stop on this book tour with Celebrate Lit!

We're promoting Xochitl Dixon's true story, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God's Plan and Pace.

Read on for my review of Dixon's book and remember to enter the fun giveaway contest at the end of this blog post!

God bless you, friends.


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About the Book (Official Book Blurb from Amazon.com):


Inhale God’s Word. Exhale in prayer. Rest in God’s love.

If your heart is weary and longing for answers—for healing, for provision, for miracles—Waiting for God renews your hope with strong biblical truth and encouraging Scripture-based prayer.

Conquer your fears and frustrations as you inhale God's Word, exhale in prayer, and rest in God's love. Live a life of deeper connection and immediate communion with God that can lead to contentment in His constant presence, no matter what your days hold or how long God’s deliberate delays may last.

Xochitl Dixon writes each chapter with heart-touching transparency and vulnerability, as she shares her own story as well as the stories of others who are trusting God through waiting seasons with no apparent end in sight. As a woman who lives with chronic pain, Xochitl understands constant struggle yet chooses to put God on the throne of her life.

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My Review of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God's Plan and Pace 

I enjoyed reading this nonfiction book by Xochitl Dixon, titled, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God's Plan and Pace.

The author (Dixon) truly does write to encourage her readers to, “Inhale God’s Word. Exhale in prayer. Rest in God’s love.”

Every page is filled with precious words of wisdom – most gleaned from Dixon’s real-life experiences, trials and tribulations – that encourage the weary heart and refresh the soul. The author is transparent in telling her story. She doesn’t hold anything back in hopes of reaching people who need to hear how she survived challenges with God’s help.

Dixon has experienced God’s healing, provision and miracles in her life. Her book, Waiting for God testifies to all of that and more.

She backs up her claims with Scripture. The Bible does say that God is our Healer, Provider, Miracle Worker and (Best) Friend. I found her story to be inspiring! I admire her strength and tenacity. I believe that readers will be blessed by seeing how God can transform the darkest nights into bright days (regarding the seasons of life and the challenges that we as humans on sin-ridden planet Earth face).

After reading this book, I feel encouraged to conquer my challenges as I, as the author would say, “inhale God's Word, exhale in prayer, and rest in God's love.”

This book challenges the reader to go deeper in their search for truth, God’s Truth. The pages in this book don’t just keep the reader engaged; the message on the pages also propels them into God’s Word (The Holy Bible)! Ultimately, this book is an altar call to people who want to grow closer to God and learn how to cling to Him when life throws us curveballs.

Learning to trust God is an essential survival skill in this life. Dixon’s testimony about trusting God as she waits on Him is so inspirational! Her life story is proof that God never leaves nor forsakes His children.

Ultimately, Dixon’s story reminds me of the song by SELAH “Through it All.” God is faithful and forever loving to His children. Get a glimpse of God’s love for you too when you read His daughter Xochitl Dixon’s story about how He brought her through tough times and proved His love for her (and you)!

Endnote: If you live with chronic pain or know someone who does, this book is one that will encourage your hurting heart and point you to the Balm of Gilead! Trusting God when life is hard is not easy but Dixon’s story proves that it can be done.

*I (Alexis A. Goring) received an ARC of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God's Plan and Pace from Celebrate Lit. My opinions in this honest review are my own.

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About the Author:
Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon has a heart for loving God and people. 

She’s passionate about intercessory prayer, nurturing spiritual growth, and the prayerful study and application of Scripture. 

Through her daily struggles with chronic pain, due to an upper back injury she endured in 1992, she writes with transparency, ministers to the hurting, and inspires hope through worshiping God in all circumstances.

She serves as a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org), a ministry devoted to making “the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.” 

Her devotional, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace (Discovery House Publishers) released on August 7, 2019. She is a contributing author for the upcoming Our Daily Bread devotionals: "What Really Matters" (August 7, 2019), "And He Walks with Me" (October 2, 2019), and "Moments of Peace for Moms" (October 2, 2019).

Her devotions have also been included in All God’s Creatures (Guideposts, 2019), God Hears Her (Discovery House, 2017), Our Help (Discovery House, 2017), and This Far by Faith: Legacies of the Black Church (Discovery House, 2017). Her nonfiction has been published in My Amazing Mom (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2018), Second-Chance Dogs (Revell, 2018), LIVE Magazine (2019), and Church Health Reader (2019).

She followed God from California to Wisconsin and is enjoying Midwest adventures with her best friend and husband of over 25 years, Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr. 

She loves their sons, A.J. and Xavier, spoils her service dog, Callie. Xochitl likes serving as a speaker, traveling, photography, reading, singing, sketching, studying Scripture, and nurturing authentic relationships.

Xochitl connects with readers and shares encouragement devotions, prayer, and Scripture-based memes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on her blog at www.xedixon.com

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A Message from Xochitl Dixon about her book Waiting for God:

“Never pray for patience.”

My friend’s warning pricked at the back of my mind. Without realizing it, I began lacing my prayers with fear, doubt, and caution. I couldn’t risk being thrust into situations that would force me to develop patience, so I did everything in my power to avoid asking the Lord to help me be patient.

But even when I didn’t ask Him to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in me, I always seemed to end up in circumstances that stretched my faith as much as my patience.

When my agent challenged me to write the book I had to write, I pitched Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace.

I thought I’d be sharing tips about how to persevere through trials and endure suffering with grace. But after I signed the contract and received a deadline for my manuscript, my husband received an unexpected job offer.

We followed the Lord from California to Wisconsin.

Writing became a challenge as I suffered a setback in my healing journey. I endured high levels of pain and fatigue. My husband and I struggled with frustration as we adjusted to life in the Midwest during one of the coldest winters in history.

And God changed my perspective on waiting for Him, which has nothing to do with patience.

I’ll be sharing my answers to the end-of-chapter questions on my blog (www.xedixon.com). I’m excited to invite you to join the adventure.

I look forward to growing with you as we wait for God, inhaling His Word, exhaling in prayer, and resting in His love as we trust daily in His plan and pace.

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Blog Stops

April Hayman, Author, September 3
Genesis 5020, September 4
A Diva’s Heart, September 4
AndreaChristenson, September 6
Kelly Harrel, September 7
Mary Hake, September 7
Just the Write Escape, September 10
Texas Book-aholic, September 12
A Reader’s Brain, September 13
janicesbookreviews, September 13
Inklings and notions, September 14
Cultivating Us, September 15
God is Love, September 15
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Giveaway Contest Details:


To celebrate her tour, Xochitl is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Waiting for God, and a copy of God Hears Her
(Our Daily Bread 365-Day Devotional)!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

Click the link below to enter:

8 comments:

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    1. It is SUCH a good book, Rita! :) Are you going to read it?

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  2. God used your review of Waiting for God to encourage my heart, Alexis. My desire is to share God's truth and love to the ends of the earth! I thanked the Lord Almighty when I read the following statements in your review:

    Waiting for God "challenges the reader to go deeper in their search for truth, God’s Truth. The pages in this book don’t just keep the reader engaged; the message on the pages also propels them into God’s Word (The Holy Bible)! Ultimately, this book is an altar call to people who want to grow closer to god and learn how to cling to Him when life throws us curveballs."

    Hallelujah! Thank You, Jesus!

    And thank you, Alexis. I appreciate your help spreading the word about Waiting for God so we can keep spreading God's Word. I'm thankful for your partnership in sharing the Gospel of Christ and am excited to see what He has in store for us as we continue seeking Him, serving Him, and surrendering to Him each day. I love you and am thanking God for you, Sister. I'm looking forward to growing with you as we grow closer to God!

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    1. Aww. I love you too, my sister-in-Christ! :) So happy that God used the words He inspired me with in reviewing your book, to encourage you today! God bless you, your family and your words for Him! :)

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  3. This book sounds like an amazing read.

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  4. This sounds good! All of us have some sort of needs, whether they are physical or mental.

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  5. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

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