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The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives

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How differently would we live if we believed that every dimension of our lives from the happy to the tragic to the mundane were part of a beautiful and purposeful design in which no thread were wrongly woven? That s what best-selling author and internationally-known apologist, Ravi Zacharias, explores in The Grand Weaver. As Christians, we believe that great events such as ...more
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Published July 10th 2010 by Zondervan (first published July 1st 2007)
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Pete Foley
Another excellent book by Dr. Zacharias. His understanding of Scripture is so strong that it compels me to study the Bible even more diligently. The book provides great personal stories, as well as a secure grounding in Scripture to illustrate his main point that God works all circumstances - our strengths, our shortcomings, our circumstances (etc.) - to achieve his ultimate purpose for our lives. Seemingly disconnected events, tragic circumstances, supposed "coincidences", are all seen through ...more
Valerie
This book may help you understand more of how events caused by or allowed by God shape his story in you. It discusses issues like the Will, our Destiny, our Wordhip, our Calling, our Spirituality, our DNA, and our Disappointments in such a way that with some time to think, we can begin to see how all the twists and turns of our life come together in such a way to (ultimately) demonstrate God;s glory to all we encounter
Laura
I have listened to Ravi and even heard him speak at the Ligonier National Conference 2 years ago. He is a great speaker, has wonderful illustrations, and talks to practical topics. [return][return]The Grand Weaver is the first book I ve read by Zacharias. He does a good job with this book in illustrating various areas of our life that God designed and uses to weave our lives. [return][return]In the chapter on our DNA he discusses how we should accept and celebrate our personality, that this begi ...more
John
This was another audiobook loaned to me by my friend Jack. I was listening to it while doing other things, so I didn't give it the hearing it deserves. But it gives me an excuse and a motivation to read it sometime in the future. On the other hand, listening it allowed me to enjoy Ravi Zacharias' unique speaking voice and style, which I've always enjoyed. A point that struck me on first "hearing" of this book -- and perhaps this seems obvious -- was Zacharias saying you need to establish what th ...more
Jim Ainsworth
This is my first read of Zacharias and I found his writing style pleasing and open. The book addresses the question of whether the threads of our lives are accidentally tangled or intentionally arranged. I am not sure if he completely answered that question, but he certainly offers valuable insight.

I have written many times (as have others) that life is lived forward, but understood backward. In a section called Hindsight, the author offers excellent insight. “God reinforces his call as we respo
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Donald Scott
I appreciate Ravi's thoughtfulness and the precision of his exposition. He presents a solid case supported by scripture for what it means to live as a full spectrum Christian. There is warp and woof to all of human existence. While the non-believer may be excused for thinking the pattern of life is simply chance or self determination, those who follow Christ must recognize and embrace our Creator's and Redeemer's absolute mastery and control over each and every element of His design in our lives ...more
Susie
I'm reminded of the fact that God is too kind to waste a hurt in our lives. Everything whether it happens because of discipline or Satan's attacks will be used by God to weave the tapestry of our lives. Ravi did a great job discussing the aspects of our lives (DNA, disappointments, calling, morality, spirituality, will, worship, and destiny)and how God is interested in each part. I've read other reviews that didn't like the flow of this book, but I found it made sense.
Liz Murphy
I keep a framed note from my oldest child in which she shares with me a list of things she loves about me. The note closes with: "Even though you are so weird with your beautiful things. But I still love you." I try to drive home to them that we are surrounded by beautiful things and, in the spirit of remaining grateful, we should notice them. We gravitate towards ordinary things that are often overlooked, but if you take a moment, you can see their beauty. The girls hoot, "Remember when you sai ...more
Kristine
I found myself wondering all through the reading of this book if the author was ever going to get to the main point. There were a couple interesting stories that stood out, but I really didn't remember anything the author was trying to say about God as being the "Grand Weaver".
Maria Connor
There are a few good "nuggets" in here, but not really my style of reading. He is a good storyteller, but it takes a long time to find the take-aways.
Keith Brooks
Excellent book , especially when viewed from the perspective of vocation . I think this is better than Os Guiness' The Call. Ravi is at his finest here .
Asif
God is the Grand Weaver who is weaving the threads of our lives into a beautiful tapestry even though we may not understand His choice of thread at the moment.
John
I enjoy all of Ravi Zacharias' books, and this is no exception. He covers God's grand plan, and our part in it. As always, it's well written and challenging.
Glen
Zacherias brings his usually clarity and eloquence to the topic of living as a called follower of Christ in the ebb and flow of life. The style of this book lends itself to inspired thinking. There are ample anecdotes that exemplify what the writer is attempting to argue, yet there is a clear attachment to Scripture on each of the key themes of the book.

At the center of this work is the belief that biblical living is the supreme anecdote to our modern lifestyle that is void of overarching purpos
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Lila Spengler
I had just previously read Zacharias' autobiography, Walking from East to West, with great joy and, admittedly, tears of appreciation for the evidence of God's work in this humble man. So, wanting to preserve that first experience of Zacharias, the author, I cautiously, yet with great anticipation, cracked open this book.

Although of a slightly different bent and with a little different flavor, this book also took my breath away at times with its depth of insight into life. It was quite deep to
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Paul J.
“Are our lives just random and meaningless strands of thread, or could they possibly be precise designs woven with remarkable care, thought, and intent?”

So begins the dust-jacket blurb on “The Grand Weaver”, and this book does a very good job digging into that question…a question that I’ve asked many times, as I’m sure most people have. I enjoy listening to Zacharias on the radio, but this is the first book of his that I’ve read. He’s a great storyteller, and in each chapter I found myself capti
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How differently would we live if we believed that every dimension of our lives—from the happy to the tragic to the mundane—were part of a beautiful and purposeful design in which no thread were wrongly woven? That's what best-selling author and internationally-known apologist, Ravi Zacharias, explores in The Grand Weaver.

As Christians, we believe that great events such as a death or a birth are guided by the hand of God. Yet we drift into feeling that our daily lives are the product of our own e
...more
Tim Sheppard
I enjoy reading about all of Ravi's experiences and he brings out the differences between worldviews so clearly. I thought the book wimped out a bit in the end, but the middle parts were worth it. Especially his discussion of morality and how Jesus is central.

He has a chapter on spirituality and talks about the failings of legalism, traditionalism, and superstition. He has some awesome stories to go along with these and then says this, too after referencing Matt. 12 - In effect, Jesus said that
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Devonne West
This was a wonderful book! Throughout the entire book, Ravi takes the time to show how each act, each disappointment, and even our very being matters to God. Every step of our life - through the good AND yes, even the bad - God is creating a "tapestry" with our life. Although, we may not understand the why's, it will all become clear when we look back on our life.
Patricia Stuart
This is a very encouraging book. It's also challenging. It makes you think and look within your own heart.

I enjoy the depth that this book has to offer. It is clear and straight to the point.

The author is thorough and precise as he addresses the subject matter of God and His inner workings in ones life.

This is a good book to read!
David Aaron Bouton
Great for my heart, great for my mind

enjoyed this book a good deal. This book had me reflecting on my own experience with God and how he has shaped me as well as inspiring me to look more intently for the threads he is weaving in my life now.
A.C. Bauch
One thing I always appreciate about Ravi's books is that they're accessible. He discusses complex, difficult topics in deceptively simply ways. And this book was no exception. Even though I encountered some of the ideas presented in this book in others of Ravi's, some time has passed since I've read any of his works. Therefore, I found this book a great refresher of familiar ideas and an introduction to some new ideas. I also appreciate the way that Ravi's books are often challenging, for Christ ...more
Ron
How differently we would live if we believed that every event of our lives - from the happy to the tragic to the mundane - was part of a meticulous and purposeful design in which all the elements interetwined with breathtaking precision.Yet we can easily drift into feeling that our daily lives are not sovereignly directed, but are simply the product of our own efforts. This book brims with stories that show us otherwise. It all matters and is part of God's design, our DNA, disappointments, calli ...more
Jasmin
Like many of the other reviewers, I found that it wasn't cohesive and did not flow very well. There were some great points and very applicable to life. 4 stars for me
Melissa Land
I enjoyed this book. I finished it feeling excited over the threads that the Lord is putting together in my own life to make a masterpiece.
Diana Barrick
Very good book in understanding the purpose that God has for our lives. Loved his description of worship. Gave me a lot to think about.
mirela Darau
helped me realize again we're not just forgotten creatures with random destiny and that everything counts: our specific genetic buil-up, our way of living, our abilities, our will, even our disappointments. we're work in progress, and i almost forgot that, so i read these kind of books to freshen my mind:)

one weak point: it's a bit simplistic... reading too much tires in the sense of boredom of language and way of reasoning, but this may also be a fault of the translation - i have it in romanian
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Rachael
A pleasurable read, with persuasive and lovely illustrations!
Shawna Arthurs
A little more academic/theological than I was anticipating, but really solid, perspective-shaping teaching.
Kelly Ward
A beautiful look at God's overriding sovereignty!!
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For over thirty-five years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. He is listed as a distinguished lecturer with the Staley Foundation and has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most ...more
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“God the Grand Weaver seeks those with tender hearts so that he can put his imprint on them. Your hurts and your disappointments are part of that design, to shape your heart and the way you feel about reality. The hurts you live through will always shape you. There is no other way.” 9 likes
“how much more grand is the work of our Heavenly Father as he pulls together all the varied strands of life to reveal his grand design?” 6 likes
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