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This is one of those books that has a very profound and simple message. It takes familiar religious principles and packages them in a way that helped me think about them in a new light. You can easily read the entire book in one sitting, but it is one that you can and should review to let the concepts sink in. 

There are five main concepts that are mentioned in the book, each of which is explained a bit more through quotes, scriptures, and stories. One of my favorites what the analogy used with "Tilt Your Soul". My father was a pilot and so airplane analogies go a long way with me. The point is, when you send air quickly over an airplane wing, the direction the aircraft goes depends very much on the way the wing is tilted. If it is tilted up, lift is generated and the craft goes airborne. If it is tilted down, the plane will never leave the ground. It makes the point that beginning the day by looking up through prayer and a positive outlook will help you gain the right trajectory for the day. 

This would be a good one to read and then share with a loved one. 

Here's a little more information about the book itself: 

Maybe today the sun came up just like it always does, and you rolled out of bed just like you always do, and you knew it was going to be one of those days. But maybe today could be different. What does your soul need? What do you long for? This path that you are on, where is it taking you? How do you fill your unscheduled moments? Is your heart content? Perhaps you feel as if you are missing something. If you want life to satisfy your soul, you have to start living the soul-satisfying life.

Maybe Today describes five holy patterns that, when lived daily, will lead to the soul-satisfying life. 

* Tilt Your Soul 
* Let Down Your Bucket 
* Tune Your Heart 
* Take Off Your Shoes 
* Be All In

EMILY BELLE FREEMAN is a coach's wife, a mother to four children and a few others who have found refuge in her home, author of several bestselling books, and sought-after inspirational speaker. Her days are spent watching over teenagers, her flock of pampered chickens, and a rabbit that she adores. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. For a few minutes every day Emily forgets about the laundry, leaves the dishes in the sink, and writes. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good: www.

DAVID BUTLER is by day a high school religious educator sharing his love for the scriptures and his belief that there is a power for good innate in every human soul. By night he is a fort builder, waffle maker, sports coach, and storyteller for his five favorite little people, also known as his children. Somewhere in between he is a motivational speaker and writer. Some of his musings and challenges can be found on the blog He and his wife, Jenny, live with their family amid the snowcapped peaks of the Mountain West, but they often dream of a beach house on a sunny shore somewhere.

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