Mary Jane Miller is many things. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee University, a drama teacher, an artist, a Bible teacher and former missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission), a beekeeper, a gifted speaker and my friend!
Whenever I read a book with the thought to then write a book review I go into it with no pre-conceived ideas except to write my experience to the best of my ability. From my earlier reviews, you may remember that I have a personality flaw that causes me to read the ending before I read the beginning. With M.J.’s book, I tried hard to control the urge to flip to the back and read the wrap-up. I am so glad I did! When I arrived at Chapter 30 “Bee Yourself”, MJ’s analogies and encouraging words and Scripture were truly the perfect ending! Life Lessons From The Hive arrives just in time for the gift-giving season! But honestly, anytime is a good time to buy this book and share with those you love.
Now … back to the beginning. My copy of Life Lessons From The Hive arrived just before I was flying to NYC for the weekend. My intention was to buzz right through the book on the outbound flight. I began reading and was quickly amazed at how one-moment M.J. is explaining a detail about a honey bee and the next sentence she has expertly paralleled the life of a honey bee with spiritual lessons useful to you and me!
M.J. has the heart of a missionary, the flair of a drama teacher and a sweet humor that makes for an entertaining book filled with easy-to-understand life lessons. I laughed right out loud as I read at the antics of the bees and the encouragement she gives to humans!
If you are a Bible teacher – this book is for you. M.J. fills it with analogies you can use when teaching Bible lessons to young and old alike. I found myself highlighting, making notes, and finally just marking all the places I want to return to and re-read. Every chapter is specific to an activity in the life of a honey bee and the life of a Christ-follower. M.J. wonderfully weaves together the lessons she has learned from her thousands of bees and generously shares with the rest of us.
Life Lessons From The Hive it is an easy read, affordable, entertaining and packed with encouraging lessons everyone needs! Speaking of affordable, I just saw on Amazon where they have dropped the price for Christmas gifting. You can read a sample by clicking the link below or go directly to Amazon to buy the book!
I loved learning about honey bees but I especially liked learning how these smallest of God’s creation have such life lessons for me! Thank you M.J. for sharing what God has shown you through the life of a honey bee. I can’t wait for your next book! What is it about?