What is the Take a Moment Book Series?
The Take a Moment book series are short, inspirational books that are meant to provoke thought and reflection, and draw the mind and heart to ponder God in the ordinary, everyday lives that we lead. Simple, but substantial, short but to be savored, easy-to-read, but challenging how we view the dichotomy between the secular and the sacred, this series of books will, hopefully, lead towards elevating daily living to a higher pitch of existence. That in all things, in all circumstances, in all places, we may perceive the beauty, the goodness, and the providence of God.
Take A Moment
Finding God In Our Daily Lives
Available for delivery starting August 22
God is everywhere and in everything… so begins this little book of essays and meditations on everyday life. Simple yet full of wisdom, easy-to-read yet inspiring, it encourages readers to find the beauty in the simple things, the joy in difficulties, and the sacred in what is considered the “secular” realm. It gives a glimpse of eternity in the everyday. It covers a broad range of meditations on the COVID-19 pandemic, popular movies and TV shows, songs, sports, relationships, and even sufferings. Whether you are only a beginner in the spiritual journey or already a proficient, the lessons contained in this book will surely resonate with your own search for perfect truth, perfect beauty, and perfect love. In short-your search for God.
What people are saying about Finding God in Our Daily Lives
(or tired of reading negative news and just want to fill your mind and heart with positive stuff....) This book is for you- "TAKE A MOMENT. Finding God in Our Daily Lives" -- simple, easy to read and Inspiring I highly recommend ...and I pray it will help you as well
Available for delivery starting August 22
Faith In The Workplace: Take A Moment Book Series
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” -(Colossians 3:23)
Are you happy with your work? Do you wake-up every morning with joy or with dread? Do you feel energized or drained? Consider this, we will spend about 40 years (or more) of our lives working. About 60% to 70% of our non-sleeping time is spent in the workplace. If going to work is something you dread or something that you do simply to put food on the table then the quality of your life is bound to suffer. If you live only for the weekends and holidays, then what becomes of the rest of your days?
Work is something that God gave us to do from the beginning. When we do authentic work of any kind, we are participating in God’s ongoing creation and providence. Through work we awaken to our full potential, intellectually, emotionally and physically. However, work is often relegated to the purely secular realm. What’s more it is seen as drudgery or even a punishment for sin. It is in the workplace where our faith is also most often put to the test.
If we viewed our work through the filter of our faith, it would be infused with new meaning and purpose. We would be happier in our jobs, where we spend the majority of our waking hours. We would become more effective because happy workers tend to produce better output. We would also become an instrument of transformation and grace in our own little spheres of influence. The workplace is fertile ground to do God’s work. Whatever we do, wherever we are, in whatever circumstance, God calls us to be faithful. The workplace is certainly no exception.
Advance reviews for Faith in the Workplace
Biking Uphill – June 24, 2020
When I used to bike competitively, my coach would spend many hours with me training for the hills. His philosophy was that the hilly part of the course is where you can make great strides. This is when everyone slows down, lose steam, or momentum. For one who is accustomed to hills or one who trains for hills, this is the time to leapfrog and overtake many of your competitors. While everyone slows down, you accelerate. Through hours of hills training, you develop the muscles to navigate the hills to your advantage. As it is in sports, so it is in our spiritual life. What we often see as misfortune, difficulties, and problems are usually great opportunities to make great strides in our spirituality. It is when we go through the most trying times that we grow. It is through temptations that virtue comes out. It is the rough patches in our lives that polish us. It is our failures that prepare us for success.
I read somewhere that you can advance further in grace in one hour of affliction than in years of consolation. And I found this to be true. In the spiritual life, the equivalent of hills are the crosses that we bear. Do we trudge slowly along with our crosses? Do we sit and refuse to carry our crosses? Or do we simply lay down and “die.” We should carry our crosses not only with resignation, but with love as Jesus did. It is only in learning to carry our crosses well that we become more similar to Jesus. And if we share in his cross, we will share in his glory. The Bible is very clear that suffering precedes glory. The saints understood this. Here are just some athletic analogies in the bible and advancement in the spiritual life: to see more…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frances Yu is a speaker, writer, teacher, marketing and management consultant based in the Philippines. With about 30 years experience in retail and marketing, Frances has played a vital role in organizations that pioneered new formats and business concepts, including building a start-up company into a multi-billion peso enterprise, turning around a distressed company, and helping a family owned business integrate into a multinational company, among others.
Beyond professional mentorship, Frances also likes to help others in developing their spirituality in the workplace and in their personal lives, believing that when one works with love and excellence, with integrity and right motives, one is able to have courage to take on big challenges, persevere in difficulties and have productive relationships with others. She is an active member of the St. James Renewal Movement, a Catholic Charismatic Community based in Manila, where she is the head of the Teaching Ministry.
Driven by excellence and continuous self-improvement, this summa cum laude graduate from Forham University in New York, also loves sports, having participated in Ironman competitions and advanced martial arts such as karate, kickboxing, and knife fighting. She also plays tennis, runs, bikes, and hikes. She is a song lyricist and co-author of the book, The Mansmith Mentors’ List: The 8 P’s of Marketing by the Mansmith Industry Experts. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver.