My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I got the book from Booksneeze in ebook format. Here goes the review:
Things I Like about the book:
- I like that the author seems to be a book lover herself. The book is peppered with stories, insights and excerpts from other books she’s read.
- I like the fact that she has pointed out numerous situations that a lot of people, Christian or not, are able to empathize i.e. questions about children suffering, tough times that happen in a Christian’s life, especially the ones that seem to come one after another.
- I like the fact that she gave another adjective to God’s love, instead of the cliche word people used to refer to it – “unconditional”. She referred to it as fierce. She wrote: God’s love for us is not merely “unconditional”, but wild, windy, even howling. It demands everything. It stops at nothing. In a word, it is fierce.”
What I did not like:
- I know I mentioned that there are a lot of excerpts from other books, stories here and there, but towards the end I feel that there’s just too much that it is rather easy to sometimes go back to the author’s main point for that chapter.
- The long chapters, make it hard for me to break down my reading time. I sometimes feel that there’s just too much thoughts or points squeezed into one chapter.
- I started to lose it when she made reference to a catholic icon, not because I am guilty of the same bigotry some hard core catholic casts on Christians, but because I start to see the said icon as a fraud. Having found out her depression (yes, I know we all go through that sometimes, even people from the old testament like David) that went on for a long time, based on her penned thoughts. Yes I know that makes her human as well, to be going through the same feelings we all do at times in our walk with God, but somehow it doesn’t seem right for me. Pardon me for my inability to capture my thoughts in words, but there’s just something there that I could not put my finger on.
Other than that, I think the book is okay.