Two weeks ago, as part of the Booklook Blogger program, I requested Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs.
Yesterday, I opened the box and discovered Wounded by Anne Graham Lotz.
A mix-up? Is there really any such thing?
So I will be reviewing this book instead.
I love Anne's Just Give Me Jesus! She writes with grace and power, speaking about a genuine Savior who lives, loves, and acts on behalf of His people.
She writes with tenderness, and she acknowledges both frailty and sin... the pain of being human and therefore breakable and fallen.
She digs deep into the riches of God's word, and in this book she adds quotes from The Valley of Vision, which is a collection of prayers.
I like the way she weaves her stories, and other people's stories, into her books. She writes out of our common "real life" experiences, and she's always really telling a God-story, because that's the only place God ever shows up: Reality.
Yep. The only place you will ever feel the love of God is in your mess, not your perfection, because you'll never be perfect.
And He is good with that.
But this book has a specific purpose: to minister to those who have been shattered, betrayed, and cut down by fellow Christians.
Whether you were physically, emotionally, spiritually, emotionally, or psychologically trampled upon, Christians can really hurt you.
And because the abuse comes from one who claims to serve the King of grace, peace, and self-giving, it makes the wounds bleed harder and run deeper. Men and woman mistrust the faith everyday based on the acts of Christians.
Wounded may help shed some of God's light, love and life on the broken-hearted. Anne chose the story of Hagar, a woman used and disadvantaged if there ever was one. She walks us beside Hagar, showing us how Abraham wounded his wife and his servant/mistress, and both his sons, and then talking about recovery and reconciliation.
The best part of this book? The continual reminder that God will not lose us. Doesn't plan to leave us. Won't stop loving us. Will always care for us.
Never forgets his Child. And He promised not to forsake us or leave us as orphans.
Thank you Booklook for my review copy of Wounded. I'll be looking for Anne's The Magnificent Obsession next.