Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: October 02, 2018
Number of Pages: 224
Dimensions: 8.50 × 5.50 (inches)
Christians love to talk about how God is in control, but that’s harder to grasp when things aren’t going like you thought they would, when your life looks quite different than you imagined.
For centuries, God’s people have been building altars to Him—to remind themselves and the people around them of His work. His goodness. His kindness. Stacks of stones. Altars. Temples. Cathedrals. Why? Because they believed God and wanted to remember Him.
In the back of my mind, God reminds me that He is the same trustworthy God—the One who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story—of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. God is who He says He is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who He is, we will not. We will remember God.
I'm not much of a reader, but was encouraged to pick this book up after hearing the good folks on the RELEVANT podcast mention it, and it seemed applicable to my present situation. I found it very easy to read and follow along, as Annie has a very story-like way of weaving her thoughts and insight into a concentric idea. The punch line of the book doesn't' really come together until the very last chapter, as Annie was going through a journey herself, so there's a point where you wonder when the profound was going to come into play, but it's a pleasing read nonetheless. Personally, I don't even think she realized how profound her end conclusion was until after the book went to print. I won't spoil it for you, because if you are going through a season where it feels like God is NOT very kind to you, you should take the whole journey of this book. Then re-read the last chapter and the Epilogue, because for me it really needed to sink in. To quote the author in one of her recent podcasts recorded a few months following this book's release: "God will often take you where you don't want to go to teach you things that you didn't know you needed to learn, to reveal who you never thought He was."