Still, I Will Praise by Renee Bondi (review and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  October 21, 2012 — 19 Comments

UPDATE: Winner of the giveaway if Falen! Congrats, Falen! Please email me with your mailing address.

“I now have a deep understanding about praising our Lord. Ironically, I didn’t learn it from standing high on a mountaintop but from sitting in my wheelchair in the valley.” ~Renee Bondi~

One night in 1988, Renee Bondi drifted off to sleep, a newly-engaged high school music director, and woke hours later in excruciating pain on her bedroom floor. Of that day she writes:

“In the hospital, the doctors gave my family and me the devastating diagnosis. I had broken my neck between the fourth and fifth vertebrae and was paralyzed from the upper chest down. I was quadriplegic and would spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair.

To this day we don’t have a good grasp on what happened that night. I don’t have any history of sleepwalking or any kind of disease that would cause a seizure. The only thing we can think of is that I had a dream, possibly where I was diving into a pool, but I don’t remember any such dream. I’m looking forward to getting an answer when I get to heaven!”

But Renee’s book isn’t about regrets or might-have-beens. It’s a combination of contemporary and biblical true-life stories that will inspire you to praise God in all circumstances, including . . .

  • Times of Frustration
  • Times of Unanswered Prayer
  • When You Need a Second Chance
  • Times of Waiting
  • When Things Go from Bad to Worse
  • Times of Loneliness
  • Times of Great Loss
  • When You Are Afraid
  • When Things Look Hopeless
  • And from the Mountaintop

In every chapter, Renee emphasizes how worship brings us into God’s presence and into alignment with His throne.

She says, “Being Christian for many years now, I’ve become a bit more keen on recognizing the Lord’s presence in my life. The way it’s come about is from one thing—worshiping Him. In other words, we are more likely to the King high and exalted and to be reminded of His faithfulness when we sit at His feet.”

When we sit at the King’s feet, we are creating what I like to call habits of faith. When we are diligent about going to God and praising Him when life is relatively calm, then we will continue to do so when the sea of life gets stormy. As Oswald Chambers pointed out, ‘When a crisis arises, we immediately reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to place our trust in Him, the crisis will reveal that we can go to the point of breaking, yet without breaking our confidence in Him.’ And that confidence is what gives us peace amidst the storm.”

Are you ready to read more of Renee’s teaching? You can grab a copy of Still, I Will Praise at this link.

GIVEAWAY: Thanks to Renee and CLC Publications, I have a copy of Still, I Will Praise to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing. (USA only) I’ll let the contest run until Saturday, October 27th. Feel free to complete any of the bonus entries.

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About the author: Renée Bondi is a popular speaker and recording artist who has shared the stage with Sandi Patty, Larry King and Point of Grace. She has been featured in magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman and Woman’s World and on various radio and television shows, including “The 700 Club,” “Hour of Power,” and TBN.

Renée has released six inspirational CDs and is the president of Capo Recording and the founder of Bondi Ministries. Among her many awards and honors is Woman of the Year from the California State Senate and recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community from the U.S. House of Representatives.

She lives with her husband and son in Southern California. You can connect with Renee at her website reneebondi.com here.

This week I’m linking with Thursday Favorite Things, Leaving a Legacy, Hearts 4 Home, Your Thriving Family, and Faith-filled Friday.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

19 responses to Still, I Will Praise by Renee Bondi (review and giveaway)

  1. I would love to win! Thank you for the chance

  2. I would love to win this book! Thanks! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

  3. I have to agree with Renee. The valley is where you see the Lord and grow closer to Him. How selfish would we be if we only praised Him on the mountaintops? I’m sure her faith is beyond phenomenal and an inspiration to many. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of her book.

    You know I get your newsletter & connect on FB 🙂

  4. oh thanks for the chance to win

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  6. I would love to read this book.

  7. I would love to win a copy of this book. I always enjoy reading inspirational true stories.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a very inspirational story.

  9. I would love to win a copy of her book. I heard her speak and sing at California Women’s Retreat a couple years ago, she was amazing and inspiring.

  10. We have Rene’s biography in the church library. Thanks for entering me in the contest.

  11. I would love to win this book. It sounds like just what I need. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    I am old email subscriber and follower
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  12. I can tell this is another great book review. I love your reviews. I will look forward to being part of the giveaway.
    Blessings!

  13. I would love to win this book!

  14. would love to read this inspirational novel by renee….SHE is my inspiration 🙂

    i’m a follower & subscriber, too

  15. This sounds like an inspiring book, something I could definitely use in my life at the moment. You did an outstanding job with the post and I am already a follower. I am also headed to the author’s site to read more about her.

    Visiting via Katherine’s Hop today. I have a load of book giveaways on my blog – listed in the right hand side bar. I look forward to your visit. Donna

  16. Visiting from Legacy Leaver Thursday!

    This book sounds incredible!

  17. Thanks for linking up at WholeHearted Home this week. I appreciated reading what you shared about this book. I have been slowly learning how to praise God more when things don’t go too well. Through the valleys that are inevitable in life it is important to give a sacrifice of praise. The topic and heartfelt message of this book really interests me so that I wouldn’t mind winning this giveaway. I don’t bother with giveaways too much. I really don’t have the time or interest but this one got me 🙂

  18. Book sounds wonderful. I have a heart for flipping perspective toward God regardless of circumstance, struggle, trial, or hardship. He is greater.
    New follower via Facebook & Twitter. 🙂

  19. pamela villemaire November 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    hello renee
    I saw you for the first time tonite on the hour of power. i turned it on after it had already started but you sang the song praise you in this storm. did you write that? I love that song and it has ministered to me many times during lifes storms.I wasnt familiar with your story so I googled your name and looked up your story. wow. You are amazing and beautiful, daughter of the most high God with a destiny that you are walking in. I realize I am two weeks late in requesting a free copy of your nesw book but I just have to try so if theres any way and it is still open, i would love a copy. God bless you for sharing and being a light and encouragement. Pamela 🙂

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