Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Book Review: Colliding with Destiny
By Sarah Jakes
Bethany House, 2014
English, 220 pgs
From the Back of the Book:
Find a fuller, richer life by letting God direct your destiny.
The story of Ruth is a journey of transformation. By allowing God to transform her circumstances, Ruth went from a widow who would be excluded from society to a wife with a secure and protected future, a future that ultimately paved the way for the birth of King David! Her story is full of collision--loss, heartache, poverty, even shame--but she never let her past define her. Instead, the most painful time of her life became her most pivotal, propelling her to a destiny she never imagined.
Perhaps you have a past you're struggling to overcome. If disappointments, whether a result of your own choices or the actions of others, have kept you from being your true self, this book is for you. Follow Ruth's life and discover the hope available to each of us. Your yesterday does not have to dictate your tomorrow.
Despite your past pain, you, too, can find redemption and restoration.
This is a very easy to read, daily devotion style, book. There are 30 fairly short chapters which lend themselves to a month of daily study. Each chapter ends with a journal style lesson from the author, questions for reflection and a prayer.
The book is about overcoming your past and the hurts in it. There is a lot of painful biography to read as well as topical application toward life. I found that the biographical material was a bit redundant at time, as if the author was still dealing with moving past her hurts. Completely understandable...not judging at all. It made the progression of the study from hurt to hope more real and allows the reader to better relate to the author.
The writing is not challenging to read at all. By that I mean that it's easy to understand and clearly expresses the point without overwhelming the reader with concepts that are too cerebral.
I received a copy of the book from Bethany House for the purpose of a review on this blog and a commercial bookseller site. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.