Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold by Sharon Jaynes



Review: Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold
Sharon Jaynes
Baker Books
2016

A new author to me, but she has several other books which means I’ve been hanging around in another place.  I’ve got to say that I’m so pleased to have made her acquaintance now, though.  I mean, like I even went and found her blog and everything.  It’s a nice one if you’re interested.  But what about her latest book?
Take Hold of the Faith You Long for by Sharon Jaynes 
It grabbed me from the start.  She has hit right where I have lived too long and too frequently.  I suspect I’m not along either and that in itself is a help.  She uses fresh illustrations and examples in her narratives while she gently encourages the reader to let go, move forward, and live bold.  That sequence forms the basis for her encouragement and earned her another star from my point of view.  While she does use some personal stories, this is not a book on how she survived to write about it now book.  Hooray!!  There’s plenty of those out there already.  Instead we get a fresh look at Moses and his letting go, moving forward, and living boldly.  Many of us know his story, but the author interweaves it into her text in such a way that it is fresh.  Other Biblical characters make cameo appearances, too.  She works with them in the same way with applications that are more than cardboard fixes.  The final chapter has a header within it, Don’t Stop Too Soon (204).  Probably one of the most important lines in this book.  When you get to it you’ll see why. 

There is a study guide available at the end of the book, which has a few more lines at its finish that you will not want to miss. That last little treat starts on page 235 and is a great way to finish off this book.

I do recommend this book to you.  I found her encouragement Biblically solid and applied well. 

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a review.



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