First-Line Friday: Lean Hard on Jesus

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Happy Friday, friends!

What a delight and surprise it was to me to find this beautiful gem of a book in our church library recently! Though my family has benefited so strongly from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers’ sermons (more info on his ministry, Love Worth Finding, HERE), I never knew that his wife Joyce wrote. I gave this one to my mom to read first, and she flew through it, highly recommending it afterward.

The Book:

Lean Hard on Jesus: God’s Great Goodness in Your Darkest Night by Joyce Rogers

(One of the) First Lines (and a little more!):

You may be wondering a bit about the title of this book. You may be asking, When do we lean hard on Jesus?
In times of trouble, like when a spouse or child is gravely ill? Certainly then.
In times of national tragedy, like September 11? Yes, then we lean hard on Him.
In times of personal grief or pain? Most definitely we lean hard on Jesus then. Really hard.
But that is only part of the answer. For when we catch a glimpse of who we are in light of who He is, when we see rightly our utter dependence and need for Him, we will naturally lean hard on Jesus – in times when we see things working together for good and times when we don’t see anything but the darkest night.


I’m greatly looking forward to reading this one!
Now it’s your turn, friends ~ What are you reading this week, and what’s the first line?
Grace and peace in Jesus Christ,
Alicia Ruggieri
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  1. Perrianne Askew November 17, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

    Louis drew his hand back from his mama’s cheek. Twilight Christmas by Normandie Fischer

  2. Susan Dyer November 17, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    Happy Friday!

    Today, my first line Friday is from Christmas at Grey Goose Lodge by Phyllis Clark Nichols…..

    When Maude opened the door to the Christmas closet in early December that year, she had no reason to think there would only be nine more Christmases celebrated at Grey Sage.

  3. Nicole November 17, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    I will definitely check this out!

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris on my blog for FLF, so here I will post from the book I am currently reading, A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal. Currently, I am on chapter 9, so I’ll post the first line from that:

    “Fumbling with a keychain that grew lighter every day, I closed my apartment door for the very last time on the day before our Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. A cold, ordinary Thursday to everyone else — extraordinary to me.”

  4. Becky Smith November 17, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

    Happy Friday! Sounds really good! A favorite song says I will trust in, rely upon, and cling to Jesus. My first line (a little longer) is from Anne Greene’s Avoiding the Mistletoe:

    Olivia Rose Baker glanced up from the headlines in the Massachusetts Matrimonial Gazette. With an explosive smack, she slapped the newspaper on the top of the breakfast table. “No! I refuse.”

  5. Phyllis - Among the Reads November 17, 2017 @ 10:33 pm

    We can certainly never lean on Jesus too much.

    This week I did an author interview with Joyce DiPastana, Medieval fiction writer. The first line from her short story The Girl by the River:

    Robert almost tripped over the scythe.

  6. Suzie November 18, 2017 @ 12:25 am

    I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but this looks like one I’d like to!

    I’m getting in the Christmas Spirit with my FLF blog post, but here are the first lines from the book I’m currently reading:

    “Being a teacher was turning out to be a little like having the flu. Simon O’Keefe. Her heart broke for him at the same time her stomach twisted with dread for herself.” From The Calico and Cowboy Romance Collection by Mary Connealy.

  7. Beth Erin November 18, 2017 @ 12:27 am

    This looks like an encouraging read! Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray is featured on my blog today with a giveaway but I’m currently reading The Vexing by Tamara Leigh. Here’s the first line:
    Normandy, France
    Early December 1161
    Women were more trouble than they were worth. Or so Sir Durand Marshal told himself each time one dragged him into a mess like this one promised to do.

  8. Ellie November 18, 2017 @ 3:10 am

    I’m sharing the first line from The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips on my blog today, but I’ll share the first line from the book I’m currently reading here. “If you’re willing to admit it, you probably know me as Raine de Bourgh.” The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner.

  9. Heather November 18, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    I completely agree…I did a study of his years ago, and it was so good! Happy Saturday and Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Trisha Robertson November 20, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful book to read along with personal devotions! Thank you for sharing this book.

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