What people are saying:
“Studying The Coram Deo Secret with a small group was the
best Bible Study I’ve ever done.”
*study guide included in the back of the book
"All my Christian life I've struggled believing how God the Father could really love and accept me with all my faults and failures. But every time I read a parable from Parenting ComParables as part of my daily devotional, my fears are replaced with this truth: He is my Father and
I am His child. It changes my entire day."
“I find the right word at the right time no matter what page I flip to in The Coram Deo Secret It’s as if it has a Proverbs 25:11 anointing: ‘A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.’”
“Marisa is 100% transparent
about inevitable true life struggles and insecurities.
Somehow that makes me feel like every time I read
The Coram Deo Secret that I can do it—I can live Coram Deo--
I can live before His face no matter how imperfect I am.
No matter if I’m praying or working or cooking.”
“I was at the end of my rope with Christian ‘religion.’
I remember as I stepped foot into that class I thought,
I will give this one more chance and them I’m done.
As Marisa opened her mouth and began to talk about Jesus, and
as I opened those pages in The Coram Deo Secret, it was if
my eyes were opened to see that Jesus is alive!
He is with us and in us! He wants to do the same things through us that He did 2000 years ago: heal, deliver, and set free.
There was something electric and fresh in her words and on those pages.
It transformed me and my whole concept of Christianity.
I finally got it: God is not looking for detached religious people who work hard—He is looking for passionate people who seek His face hard!
I don’t know what I would have done without The Coram Deo Secret.”
"Parenting ComParables is a good book to give to anyone--
believer or unbeliever--who is interested in simple God-realities."
“The Coram Deo Secret is for Christians who want to know and experience the Lord, but also insist on a text rich with Scriptural and historical truths.”
"Marisa's writings resonate with the truth of experience, as well as with Scriptural truth, humor, and a light touch.
She has a great writing "voice" in that
readers easily find themselves connecting with her.
It is no surprise she is also a successful public speaker."
"I don't know what I like best about Parenting ComParables --
Marisa's inspirational insight or Woody's dry humor.
Just when I get all spiritual by reading one of Marisa's parables,
I can't help but sneak over a few pages to read one of Woody's stories.
His stories make me laugh so hard that I've been known to
keep my husband awake... Isn't that the way life is?
Just when we think we have it all together,
along comes that curve ball that keeps us from taking it all so seriously."
"Marisa is profound like C.S. Lewis,
but down-to-earth and attainable like my next door neighbor.
She's not bossy, preachy, or condemning, but writes with gentle authority and deep insight, with lots of true-to-life examples.
The Coram Deo Secret is perfect for people like me
who know they want more, but don't have a plan or large chunks of time.
It's one of those books that keeps me coming back for more;
I don't think I will ever quit craving it as one of favorite devotional books. Every time I read it, whether it's for 30 seconds or 30 minutes,
I come away with truths that are somehow deep yet simple to do, and
fresh but agelessly wise."