God is Able by Priscilla Shirer
B&H Books (October 1, 2013) 157 pages
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
With this book, Shirer takes Ephesians 3:20-21, and breaks it up into somewhat of a Bible study. She includes lots of personal stories within those lessons.
I have mixed feelings about this book. For the most part, I didn't overly connect with it. For weeks now, we've been battling sickness in our home, especially the last two weeks. Between the vomiting, day and night, extra laundry, fevers, sleep deprivation at a whole new level, and my own case of bronchitis on top, I'm worn out. While there are much more serious issues happening out there, the days were/are getting harder and harder to survive through it all. I picked up this book to encourage me. God IS able to pull me through these dark days. To say I didn't overly connect with the book, though, may be more my own fault.
It never overly grabbed my attention or blew me away while reading. At some point through the book, I realized that it reads like an audio lesson(with lots of sentence fragments, and periods after words). I also realized that I could *possibly* really like this book as an audio!
Also, the author and I *don't* share the same theology, just so you know. I know that more from reading at her website than the book, though. Through the first 3/4ths of the book or so, I didn't overly connect with her. She seems more of a "new age"(for lack of better wording) Christian, and I'm an old fashioned, conservative kind of Christian. For example, social media in the midst of a worship service and The Message version of the Bible both make me do some serious cringing. ;) (Let me assure you right now that there is plenty in my life that could make you cringe, too. I don't say all that judgmentally! It will help you understand and know if this is a book you'd benefit from, though.)
All of that said, I did benefit from reading this book. It was by no means a waste of time! I smiled at many of the stories, and with the last part of the book, I connected more. The author has 3 little boys, and I do, too. I couldn't help but connect with those stories. There's one particular section where she talks about God helping her find things that she's lost that really won me over. *I* could have wrote that part!!
"But God knows this trait of mine and is patiently working on it in me. In the meanwhile, He understands who I am-and where I an in life-and so this has become one of the special ways I receive His love for me, enough that it has almost become a standing joke between us. My keys. My phone charger. Important papers. He finds them for me."
This whole part just makes me smile that I've found someone else out there that does the same thing. I lose things ALL the time. I will look and look and look for that lost item, only to realize that I haven't asked for God's help yet. I'll pray for him to help me, and "There it is!" I'm learning to pray about it sooner, rather than later!
The author does a wonderful job of making sure the reader understands that God is there for us through *everything*, no matter how big or small. It's nice to be reminded of that!
Overall, this is a quick, light read! It has some wonderful reminders for all of us. I think some of you will really connect with the book. Actually, a great deal of people DO connect with Priscilla, so I encourage you to give this book a try despite the fact that I didn't completely connect with it! She does have a fun personality that shines through the pages!
*A huge "Thank You" to Caylen at Icon Media Group and B&H Publishing for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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