This is the first book I personally have ever read concerning the topic of nonresistance, although coming from a family with some Mennonite background...moreThis is the first book I personally have ever read concerning the topic of nonresistance, although coming from a family with some Mennonite background and history, I was already acquainted with and agreed with the general idea behind the belief.
I found this book to be an intriguing and eye opening account of one couple's journey from the military to the full realization of the meaning behind Jesus's words "love your enemies". The author asked questions, wondering how the church and the state became intricately involved together to create the "Just War" theory, and continues examining the church/state role in shaping how the world viewed war and violence throughout history. He also gives many inspiring examples of saints who exemplified the essence of nonresistance. They held fast to their conviction and belief, and that dictated their actions and testimony. As Dean Taylor shares, "It seemed that this doctrine of peace and nonresistance flowed naturally from their general understanding of the faith" (pg. 62).
The most looming issue that I take away from reading this book is the question of whether or not my life shows forth what I claim I believe. I may say that I believe in nonresistance, but do my daily actions confirm that my allegiance lies with the Heavenly Kingdom rather than an earthly one? As has been heard before, if I were to be tried as a Christian would I be found guilty? These are questions that are encouraging me to examine my life in the light of the Word.(less)
While I enjoyed this book, it was by no means a great work of literature in plot or style. Waiting For Her Isaac is a simple book, with a simple story...moreWhile I enjoyed this book, it was by no means a great work of literature in plot or style. Waiting For Her Isaac is a simple book, with a simple story that tells of a young girl's path from her childish life to a life filled with the Holy Spirit, as well as the story of her courtship.
While the main character, Beth, is often tempted with un-Christian responses or attitudes, she almost always recognized it and gives the "correct" response. Part of me doesn't have a problem with this, as it provides a exemplary "companion" for the reader to be encouraged onto righteousness from. On the other hand, I feel the book would have had more depth and those triumphs would have been more meaningful had we seen a bit more of Beth's actual struggles, and even failures.
It does seem to be the kind of book that would only be read by those who already are familiar with and probably embrace the ideas of courtship, homeschooling, mission work, and family discipleship.
On the whole, Waiting for Her Isaac is a quick little read that is innocent, sweet, uplifting, and encouraging.(less)
While I love the TV series, and actually did enjoy this book, I would probably not recommend it to friends because of a certain chapter that gave WAY...moreWhile I love the TV series, and actually did enjoy this book, I would probably not recommend it to friends because of a certain chapter that gave WAY to much description. No matter how true the event is, there are some mental pictures I just do not need!
That being said, there were many fascinating stories. One of my favorites was the second to last story about the woman who had a very premature baby, and the struggles they faced before, during, and after delivery. Fans of the TV series...it was so much more amazing and miraculous in the book! I did find that the book gives a fascinating look at life in London during the 50's, and the changes that took place during that time to alter the dynamics of a community.
If you do decide to read this book (and I recommend reading it, NOT listening to it), please be extremely cautious going into it.(less)