“ ‘If your life is in Park, Neutral or Reverse, give it to Jesus and He will put it in Drive,’ writes Renee Smith in The Shining Diamond, a collection of random poems, vignettes, collected quotations, and brief stories. Smith believes that by sharing events of her own life with readers, by way of sporadic writing genres, she will provide hope for depressed people and direction for lost souls in finding a life in Christ. Well, it's a cute idea, but the finished product is a hodge-podge of unrelated topics, gimmicky typeface fonts, untitled chapter sections, and rather rudimentary quasi-rhymed poetry. This is bland pabulum theology.
“Smith's title is drawn from a belief she espouses which professes that everyone is a potential ‘shining diamond,’ but to reveal the sheen one must discover a purpose for his or her life. This begins with establishing a relationship with God; and, to that end, Smith provides Bible verses and inspirational quotes at the bottom of many of the pages featuring her poems. Smith's heart is in the right place, but as a poet she is not Lucy Shaw, much less Emily Dickinson. Reading her book a bit at a time might provide the same sort of short amusement that reading a greeting card would offer, but it is not the sort of thing one would want to read cover to cover in one sitting.” -- Cyndi Lee, Christian Book Previews.com
I am pleased this book is placed in your hands and you have orchestrated and selected this time to read it. I pray as you read, you are inspired and see the true meaning of how “YOU” are a Shining Diamond in your own life. As I pondered writing this style of book, I thought of many events which happened to me and wanted to share them through quotes, small stories and poetry. This book is not intended to impress you with enormous and gigantic words. It’s simply day-to-day topics which can be applied and/or released throughout your life. Some issues may never be a part of you; they may perhaps impact someone you are affiliated with, and therefore you can share a word of encouragement with/or to them. I put all of my feelings into this book, expecting you to realize your ultimate purpose in life and the ingrained gifts bestowed upon each of you. Some of the things I wrote were difficult, yet they all possessed an optimistic outlook on my profession today. Don’t allow anything to deter your dreams and desires. Spend some quality time with yourself and GOD and get to know who you really are and what your experiences can do for someone else. Be a beacon of light to the world and let your light shine before men so they can see your good works and glorify The Father, who’s in heaven. So sit back, relax, and enjoy moments of personal discovery and use the note section to aid you. Regardless of the topic you can still reflect on why you are truly a “Shining Diamond.”