5 Stars Out Of 5
A Gift from God!
January 6, 2012
I just finished reading Eddie Broussard's book Beauty in the Desert: Discover Deeper Intimacy with God Through the Model of the Tabernacle. Has this book ever encouraged my heart!
I've been going through a difficult season and it was so affirming to not only hear the author openly share about his seasons in the desert but I was amazed at how he gave words to what I've been experiencing! I literally had to stop reading after the second chapter to worship God, thanking Him for leading me to this treasure which was exactly what I needed to hear!
I'm one of those people who write tons of notes in books while digesting them. And as I flip back through my well marked copy there is one word that occurs more than any other - and that is the word "hope." This book filled me with hope as it helped me better understand God's purposes for this season and affirmed that it is just a season, preparing me for what the Lord has next. When you're going through such a difficult time, what a huge difference hope can make!
And what the author shares about the tabernacle as a model for growing closer to God is really helping me make the most of this time. As a visual learner using the model of the tabernacle has really enhanced my times with the Lord. I'm still in the "desert" but instead of just trying to survive, I'm learning how to grow closer to God through it.
There are basically four parts to the book. First, the author describes desert times and God's purposes for them, then he walks you through the tabernacle describing how each component can help us draw nearer to God, the next part explores six paths to maturity, depth and satisfaction in our relationship with God with the very last chapter examining the intersection between worship and mission - how I hope he goes on to write another book that expands even more on this final chapter!
This book really is well written, thought provoking and when applied life-changing! A real gift to the Body from the Lord. I highly recommend it!