I waffled between giving this four or five stars, since it probably could have been developed a little more in certain areas. However, the concise lenI waffled between giving this four or five stars, since it probably could have been developed a little more in certain areas. However, the concise length is also a plus in some ways.
This book addresses the faith of five different individuals and certain aspects of their faith: Adam & Eve's childlike faith, the Shunnamite woman's submissive faith, the Canaanite woman's mature faith, and Caleb's persevering faith. Each chapter has shorter sections, often with a modern-day example or two. I liked how clear things were, and how insightful and convicting. In the Adam and Eve section there is something I question, but could very well be true--I just wonder at his dogmatism.
"Believe [the Lord]! Believe that He will take all those impossibilities that are breaking over the gunwales of your life and bring them to a melodious whimper at your feet. They may alarm you, but they will not drown you. He will take care of you. Believe that!"
"Through afflictions God teaches us, says Thomas Watson, to treat the world like a loose tooth in our mouth, which, being easily twitched away, does not much bother us. Christ ripens us for glory by weaning us from this world."
"We forget that there are more than three hundred biblical imperatives commanding us to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Unbelief is dreadfully contagious; it persuades people that the giants of Anak are larger than the promises of God; it eats away at the vitals of faith; it stunts spiritual growth. Every time you do not believe in the presence of God, your spiritual growth is bruised. But true faith turns giants into dwarves and shows God to be as big as He really is."...more
A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people.A lovely book with much encouragement for witnessing, using time in prayer and wisdom, and God's love and grace being shown through blundering people. Even though I wouldn't quite go so far as the ten Boom family in how the women taught, I was still blessed by this book and the stories told.
A couple quotes:
"Children need the wisdom of their elders; the aging need the encouragement of a child's exuberance."
"How grateful I am to have lived in my Father's house! Yes, Lord, I thank You for this family. I looked at my friends, gathered for an afternoon tea and memories, and thanked the Lord for the family of believers all over this globe. How the love of God stretched in and out of the watchmaker's shop to all parts of the world--to mansions in California and hospitals in Kenya, from queens to prison guards."...more
This is a fun children's story, almost mad-cap, with mishaps and people talking at the same time--but also realistic in that way. With animals galoreThis is a fun children's story, almost mad-cap, with mishaps and people talking at the same time--but also realistic in that way. With animals galore and interesting people and events, I think most children would enjoy this book, if not adults like me. :) Mostly the children were well-behaved or had good intentions even with all their secrets and schemes. A missing violin, snake, and mink on the loose are a few of the fun adventures you'll encounter....more
This is a story first and foremost about keeping up appearances, trying to be good or look good to the church and others. I struggle with this, so th This is a story first and foremost about keeping up appearances, trying to be good or look good to the church and others. I struggle with this, so the story hits close to home. Motives are key, and this book goes into that. The mystery starts slowly, and grows in intensity and interest, leading this way and that. It is not that action-packed, as are some mysteries, but there is a depth of writing skill, smells and pictures coming alive, moods that you feel along with the characters. Though I somewhat disagree with the book's message that rules are bad, I do agree there should be much grace and care with people, and the how and why of things. We cannot earn salvation, for sure, as the author subtly points out. She seems to go beyond it a bit and say Christians shouldn't concern themselves about much of anything, such as what music to listen to, etc., so I had mixed feelings about that. Overall a pretty good read with more meat than some novels I've read....more