What a ride that was.
We had 756 requests for complimentary books – including both domestic and international folks. And we’re working hard to be able to meet them all thanks to the remarkable generosity of the (in)courage community, Zondervan and DaySpring. Books were donated left, right, and center.
And boy are we ever glad – because you are gonna want to get your hands and heart on this as soon as possible.
I’ve read it. And it was a lot like reading a love story between God and Ann.
It is a love letter between Jesus and a woman he has been wooing for a lifetime. And when we read it we realize her story is ours and the love language one we can also learn. Because what woman isn’t desperate to be loved, to be cherished, to be showered with gifts? But where to find them under loads of laundry, a sink full of dirty dishes again, a mortgage, and the carpet stains that never quite seem to come out. Not to mention that divorce, the child abandoned or the dark nights that never seem to end.
Where is the romance in that?
But with each chapter Ann shows how the Spirit whispers, “Behold.” How He cups the moon in His palms and offers it as a love gift to us. The moon, a soap bubble suspended in the kitchen sink, Parmesan cheese in a pool of sunlight, and corn stalks bending and bowing low. All whisper, “behold, you are loved.”
And as we learn the lisping words of His rich language of love we are drawn into the deep heart of God and readied to begin the hard conversations of loss, that are no less about love.
With each chapter, each poignant, painful glimpse into her story, Ann teaches us the literal lesson that there is no fear in love. Where there is gratitude there is no room for resentment. Where there is praise there is no room for remonstration. This is the story of a passionate love affair with a God that is not a distant lover. This is Mere Christianity from a woman’s perspective.
This book is the love song you will want to listen to on repeat until you know the words by heart.
If you haven’t bought it yet, what are you waiting for? Because we can hardly wait to begin reading it with you!
So come back Sunday, meet Ann, as we share our first video blog about this book!Leave a Comment