Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Review: It May Help You Find Your Fill

      I recently received a complimentary copy of A Sudden Glory: God's Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for a review. Everyone is born with a longing for more, a hole to fill. Author Sharon Jaynes refers to that void as a "glory ache." It is our innate desire for God that sends us on a quest to fill that hole. Until we understand the "glory ache" we will continue to fill it with worldly pursuits.
     The book's premise is based upon Acts 17:28, "For in him we live and move and have our being." Jaynes guides the reader to find that holy union with God. She shows you how to live and move and have our being with God. It is an every day awareness of His presence that will help us live in the Kingdom. A Sudden Glory invites you to see God's glory in the little moments, as well as the bigger ones, the happy ones and the most difficult. When the sunset speaks to your heart that is the Spirit seeking union with you. When your loved one passes He will show you His love in the thick of the pain, if you are willing to see. God is always seeking us out as a lover courts his beloved. It is when a woman realizes that she is beautiful in His sight and sought after, she will realize she is a part of the greatest love story of all.
     I was mesmerized by the author's eloquent dance with her pen. The words glide seamlessly from one page to the next. Jaynes uses a rather ornate vocabulary to paint a vivid portrait of God's love. Her joy of writing comes to life for the reader. Every chapter flows together connecting the various parts to make a cohesive whole.
      When I began reading I had planned on seeing a one-two-three, do-this-and-find-God approach. Instead, the book is more of a guide to activate a new way of thinking rather than a manual. Some may be disappointed that A Sudden Glory does not tell you what to do. However, as I read through it I found my thinking more upon the Lord. I was more aware of His presence and enticements to draw me near. His glory truly abounds every day
     A Sudden Glory exceeded my expectations. Although I do hold low expectations, particularly with an author I am unfamiliar with, as to not be disappointed. My bar could have been raised and the book still would have surpassed those standards. In the back there is a nice study that goes chapter by correlating chapter. It would be a wonderful gift for the struggling believer or a great addition to center your attention upon our Greatest Love. This book will woo you with beautiful writing as God woos you with his glorious, infinite love.


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