Embraced by the Father: Finding Grace in the Names of God
Susanne Scheppmann had a difficult upbringing. The daughter of an alcoholic father and a schizophrenic mother who passed away when Susanne was just fourteen years old, she believed that God did not see her or care about her. When her father remarried a Christian woman, she helped Susanne find Jesus. Embraced by the Father is an accounting of Susannes dance with God as she explores the names of God that helped her find peace and healing. She takes us on that journey to help us find the same peace and healing that she found.I was quickly drawn into this book when Susanne started talking about feeling like a wallflower. I can definitely relate to that feeling, especially while I was growing up. She no longer felt like a wallflower once she began her dance with God and let Him lead her. I loved the theme of dancing that she used in this book and I loved the personal almost memoir feel that this book has. Making this book even more personal, she has included in each chapter questions and pages for journaling, prayer, and reflection. Susanne really digs into Gods Word and illustrates the names of God and all the different ways God sees us, loves us and wants to heal us. Embraced by the Father is a very tender, personal book. Although Susanne discusses some difficult situations from her past, this book does not feel heavy. At the same time it is not fluff. She writes in a practical way that all women will appreciate as we begin our dance with God.
May 24, 2010
Are you a faithful fan of Dancing with the Stars? Yes? Keep reading. Not so much? Keep reading. Are you curious about what Hagar, Sarah, Esther, Elisha, Gideon, and others have in common with the waltz, the fox trot, and the jitterbug?Embraced by the Father, Susanne Scheppmanns latest Bible study, uses a background of dance themes to teach us that God wants (us) to dance through life in His everlasting arms.Susanne weaves the stories (some deeply moving, some incredibly hilarious) of her own life of wanting to be embraced by the father with the stories of Bible characters finding Gods grace in the names of God.Embraced can be appreciated in several layers. You can read the stories of Susannes life as a young girl growing up in a seemingly impossible family situation before being rescued and redeemed by an almighty, loving heavenly father. Or, you can study the stories of Bible characters in their journeys with the same gracious father. Or, you can read Embraced to learn the Hebrew names for God and the relevance of those names for us today. Read Embraced by the Father and learn to stand on Jesus' feet and let him dance you through his kingdom.
April 11, 2010
What girl doesnt want to be hugged by the perfect, loving father? And as we know our Heavenly Father more, we understand further his grand holiness--his mindboggling perfection. In Embraced by the Father, Susanne Scheppmann shows us just how to know him better, to know his name and all it means. Understanding these truths can change a life and lead to a miraculous grace-filled dance--one that lasts forever. SO the kind of book that gets another, 'nuther, 'nuther read!
March 4, 2010