Thursday, December 22, 2016

She Reads Truth


In a lot of ways, I think it's a lot harder to review books that I really like. How do I communicate how really good, really excellent and really life-changing this book is? I have read a lot of books this year, and this is one of the best. I wasn't planning on connecting with this book. I like the She Reads Truth ministry and I figured this might be a nice read. I guess I expected some sad stories and then the glorious tale of how they launched their business? I dunno, it just didn't fit my preconceived notion.

She Reads Truth, by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams, shares their life stories and what they mean in light of God's big picture. Even though my life was vastly different that either of theirs, I felt such a kinship with them. I really related to parts of their stories in ways I wasn't expecting. I won't go into detail, but to suffice to say, there was lots of underlining and praying and little bit of crying (which is rare for me).

This book is a powerful reminder of where truth is found. There is truth that is unchanging and unshakable. A large portion of this book looks at truth, and the truer truthOur truth is what is going on in our lives and our world. The truer truth is all of that in light of God's promises, plan and nature.

The world feels like a really scary place sometimes. I find myself so frustrated as I research any issue because there is conflicting and contradictory information at every turn. What is true? Can we even know? I read this book during the election season and it did my heart good. When all the information out there was spinning a story one way and then another, I was fed up. This book encourages you to zoom out from from the up close, detailed view of our present and look through the lens of God's Word.

This book has stuck with me. I actually read it months ago and I still frequently find myself thinking about it. I have pulled it off the shelf over and over to re-read bits. Both of the authors have such a beautiful, humble, real voice in this book. This is not the story of how they had hard lives and then learned lots lessons and became super holy. This is a book about what God can do and is doing, and the power and truth of His Word!

"Truth stands and it will stand, period.
God's promises are permanent when the world's promises pass away.
God's covenant is permanent when our good intentions pass away.
God's love is permanent when our good behavior passes away.
God's mercy is permanent when our bodies pass away.
God's hope is permanent when our plans are passing away.
God's sovereignty is permanent when our power is passing away.  
The gospel is permanent when our belief is passing away.
The permanent is there for you....
You cannot change the truth. You cannot earn it or lose it or escape it. 
But you can hold on to it, knowing that it holds you." 
(She Reads Truth p.172)

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from B&H Publishing.

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