Review of the Essence of Humility

About the Book

The Essence of Humility cover by Lynn Watson. Buy on Amazon here.

The Essence of Humility cover by Lynn Watson. Buy on Amazon here.

Title: The Essence of Humility

Author: Lynn U. Watson

Genre: Devotional

Release date: January, 2019

We live in a culture overwhelmed with disrespect, egos, entitlement, rudeness, and offense — lives focused on self, rather than God or others.

The Bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13. Every descriptive word included in the list whispers humility.

Patience — humility Kindness — humility

Not rude — humility Not arrogant — humility

Rejoices in truth — humility No envious or boastful — humility

Not irritable — humility Keeps no record of wrong — humility

Jesus entered our world and walked among us. He placed no importance on rank or position. Jesus life reflected love because it reflected humility, and He invites us to live and love like Him.

Journey with our hostess, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends at The Coffee Cottage. They lead us on a journey to meet real life people — our contemporaries and those on the pages of God’s word, who encountered the same real life challenges you and I face each day. Learn the blessings of a life lived like Jesus lived —- with love and humility.

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Lynn Watson’s recipe for Lemon Chamomile Shortbread Cookies.

Lynn Watson’s recipe for Lemon Chamomile Shortbread Cookies.

P.S. from Lila: I tried this recipe, and it was very good! My cookies were a little dry and could have used a little more lemon zest (having never used it, I didn’t know how much to put in, so next time I’ll grate the peel off of the entire lemon instead of just a quarter). But they were perfect with some hot tea!

About the Author

Lynn Watson, author.

Lynn Watson, author.

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Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage, was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.

Guest post from Lynn

My first lesson in humility for Volume 3 of Cinnamah-Brosia’s Inspirational Collection came from an assumption. Right. Those are never a grand idea.

When God spoke to me about writing this book, he clearly gave me the subject: Love. I immediately headed to 1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter of the Bible. Of course the book’s title would be The Essence of Love. The end material of The Essence of Joy announced the new “Love” title coming in 2018.

And God laughed. I read 1 Corinthians 13 over and over again. It whispered “humility” over and over again. I called my dear friend – the one I consult with on every one of these books – and said, “You know what? Listen to this. Love is patient – humility. Love is kind – humility. Love is not arrogant – humility. You get the idea. Every single line of this beautiful passage comes down to the barest bones: humility.”

We both laughed a little, too. And we thanked God He clarified His instructions.

To live and love like Jesus requires us to humbly trust God and to humbly serve others.

In Philippians 2, the Apostle Paul presents a lengthy discourse on the humility of Christ. It begins like this:

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal. Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

~Philippians 2:1-4 (HCSB)

The title morphed to The Essence of Humility. I placed the focus on common everyday botanicals and plants – those familiar to us today – for this third volume in the collection. The fun came as I dug the plants from Scripture. I pray you enjoy the connections as much as I did uncovering them and connecting them to Jesus’ life, and to a whole list of characters who lived on the pages of the Bible, along with our contemporaries here in the 21st century.

Thank you for choosing The Essence of Humility. So very many titles out there shout to be read. I am humbled for you to spend time with me here. I have prayed for every one of you.

Copyright 2018, Lynn U. Watson

The Essence of Humility by Lynn Watson from  CelebrateLit  tours.

The Essence of Humility by Lynn Watson from CelebrateLit tours.

The Essence of Humility Giveaway: book, necklace, linen spray, chamomile tea, tea towel, & foot scrub. Enter the Giveaway  here .

The Essence of Humility Giveaway: book, necklace, linen spray, chamomile tea, tea towel, & foot scrub. Enter the Giveaway here.

To celebrate her tour, Lynn is giving away a grand prize of a wire basket that includes a hand-stamped “Gratitude, Kindness, Humility, Love” spoon necklace, Hillhouse Naturals fresh Linen hand lotion, locally hand-crafted Lavender-Eucalyptus body and foot scrub, embroidered “Love One Another” hand towel (nice ‘n soft), cozy Chamomile herbal tea, and a paperback copy of The Essence of Humility!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. 

Lila’s Opinion:

I rarely remark on a cover in a review. However, this one was so unusual that I felt I had to comment. The cover, while artistic, didn't really capture my attention. It wasn't until I read the description that I decided to give it a chance. But this time, the cover does a good job of showing the uniqueness of the book. The book is neither strictly fiction nor strictly nonfiction, just as the cover is neither a photograph nor a fantastical cartoon.

This review is going to be hard, because it's hard to describe this unique work of art. I guess it's creative nonfiction. Each chapter has four or five sections, only one of which is fiction. The others are a nonfiction Bible study combining facts about the essential oils/plants with the truths they symbolize, a Bible story including a mention of the plant, scientific and trivia facts about the essential oils, and sometimes a recipe.

However, there were two major problems. First, the back cover didn't really set expectations well at all. From the description on the back cover, I expected it to be a discussion about 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter (which is what I based my “Love is” series on), so I was excited! And it also mentions Jesus' life as the ultimate model of love and humility, but it wasn't really a part of the book at all. It was all about other people in the Bible.

The part with the “interview” of Rahab was neat, but there wasn't much about Jesus, except for the last chapter, though that was good. I really liked bringing in John 15, which is a special passage to me.

The second major problem was that it lacked cohesiveness. The voice changed several times (even mentioning Lynn the author as a “character” and then switching from first to third person), it was not well-edited, and there were some sections that didn't seem to flow or feel relevant. Also, the few fictional characters weren't very memorable. The author tried to introduce them by the prologue material (Cinnamah-Brosia's Profile & List of Friends), but the rest of the book felt like every mention of a character was merely a nod to a previous book in the series (this one is apparently book 3), which I hadn't read. There wasn't much new material in the fictional sections that didn't refer to previous material.

It's definitely not a book that makes much sense to read from start to finish for any length of time. One chapter at a time is all I would recommend, and then mostly as a devotional for those who are into holistic health or sell essential oils.

It would also be for those who like to read something different, off the beaten path of strict genre, which I admit is not me.

(I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)