This book shows a new spin on looking at the lives of some of the characters in the Bible, God and God's own creation. You will find a new faith through clear lens.
Some how the characters and God in this beautiful book Nichole wrote is drawing back curtains and revealing the hidden mysteries that constitute their stories and God's plan. So she now shows us another side to their stories, another side to think on and question and see what they were all about in new kind of light.
As the curtains open the unique mystery held within each character is revealed to us that could not be seen other wise.
When you start your new journey through this book go with new lens in your eyes, open your mind and your heart set to travel these pages with Nichole. You will never look at your Bible, God or the characters in the Bible the same way, without asking yourself questions with an open and new heart and mind.
For example: Adam and Eve don't look like they maybe as bad as all that or that we can blame what we do on Adam and Eve. See why. As you read the humble, humorous and truthful way that Nichole's words float across the pages you'll see it differently . She'll shed a new light on God and the people that stood out in the Bible good and bad.
I want to thank Nichole for listing to write this book, it is beautiful and it would be a great book for everyone to read. I loved it. I recommend this book highly. I'll read it again while waiting on getting another book to review.
I received this book free from First Look Blog for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else's.
Thank-you for a wonderful book.
ISBN: 978-1-61795-374-3 I always put the ISBN so it is easier for anyone to go to the store and find the book
Love Story... The Hand that Holds Us From the Garden to the Gate ~
Isn't that a beautiful way of looking at the narrative of Scripture, the history of humanity, and our own period in time- we're in between the Garden and the Gate?
Nichole Nordeman would probably shy away from being called "profound," so I'll phrase it this way- this is a book of honest seeking.
It's a book of stories. Some of them are about recognizing God's gentle hand, some about reaching out and touching His strong and saving hand, some about waiting in the night for His hand to spill down the dawn.
Come to think of it, those are the stories we live and tell over and over, aren't they? That's why the Bible is still relevant- because Adam and Eve and Ruth and Naomi and Mary and the Thief all have stories that have to do with yours and mine.
And the things Nichole comes up with... like she talks about Esther, and then muses on how we're sometimes afraid of beauty, of being taken in by it, to the point that we shun it and think godliness means life lived in grays and browns. And Esther knocks that idea out because she won the heart of the King with her absurd loveliness.
Talking about Paul, and how he'd probably be easier to understand if we could chat face to face, and then pondering on how we want so bad to be "sold out" Christians that we will "sell out" when we're with a more outspoken Christian crowd. She talks about laughing at the political jokes and affirming stances that we aren't convicted about, hoping to keep from seeming lukewarm.
And her honesty! She admits that she tries to avoid the Book of Job! (So do I.)
I've never listened to any of The Story soundtrack, so my first exposure was through reading the lyrics to Nichole's songs in this book.
Some of them have already been added to my poetry scrap-book.
"This is how Love wins, every single time,
Climbing high upon a tree where someone else
This is how Love heals the deepest part of you,
Letting Himself bleed into the middle of your wounds."