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An Understanding Of Each Season For Our Lives
November 22, 2012
Richard Blackaby in his new book, "The Seasons of God" published by Multnomah Books shows us How the Shifting Patterns of Your Life Reveal His Purposes for You.
From the Back cover: What season of life are you in?
Each of us goes through periods of life that have a certain characterâ€”a few months or a few years, good times or difficult circumstances, times of brilliant joy or periods of dark clouds. Often we say, "It's just the season of life I'm in."
But did you know that just as God has purposes for the seasons of nature, he also uses seasons in your life to grow you, work with you, and talk to you?
Richard Blackaby explains in The Seasons of God how understanding the principles of the seasons can offer us hope, direction, insight, and intimacy with God himself. It's a thoughtful exploration of God's patterns at work in our livesâ€”how His will is being carried out in the best way_at the best time.
Your plans, your relationships, your career, your ministryâ€”all have their unique God-intended moment. God's Word expresses it this way: "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."
So what's your season of life? And what is God telling you through the season you're in?
The Bible tells us, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under Heaven." Every year we go through four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Each season brings its own weather and conditions. We expect them and know there is a time limit for each season, though for some, like Winter, we wish it might end quicker. Well God has the exact same seasons for us. And each of our seasons has a time limit that is known only to God and some of them we wish might end sooner. Pastor Blackaby gives us an understanding of the seasons of God. In Three parts: Embracing The Pattern, Embracing Each Season and Thriving In All Our Seasons he shows us what we need to understand so we might grow in each of the seasons. For some of us this book will be a revelation. For some of us it will be a refresher. Whatever the category we fall in "The Seasons of God" is a must. I recommend reading this book and giving it as a gift to friends and family.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The Seasons of God by Richard Blackaby is a book that examines the seasons of life, and how what we observe and experience in nature applies to our lives as well. The book covers each season, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter founded on Biblical principles and fleshed out with many life experiences drawn from both the Bible and the author. The book is divided in three sections - Embracing the Pattern, Embracing the Seasons, and Thriving in All Our Seasons. This book, as in Richard's other books, is very well done and will challenge its reader (as it did me) no matter their age. While some of the word usage will require a dictionary, Richard's writing style flows with well throughout ideas, and is presented in such a way that you will not want to put the book down.
On a personal note - this book has made an extreme impact on my life. The timing of reading this book is nothing other than a divine appointment with God and the author. As I concluded each chapter I was prompted to reflect and respond. As a result I have a clearer picture of what season I'm currently in, and will respond by thriving in each and every season and moment of my life.
This book was an advance uncorrected copy and was received for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Right before I had my first baby, my mom gave me some simple and profound advice, "Remember, this is a season." She's repeated that to me on several occasions since then and they are probably the wisest words any person has ever said to me.
So, sleepless nights with a newborn . . . a season. Teething, potty training, sickness . . . just seasons. Feeling like I didn't have as much time for Bible study and quiet times . . . still a season.
By that she meant that it would come and go. No season of our lives is forever. God gives us hope for a future and one day we'll look back in memory at the seasons we felt would never end. As Richard Blackaby says, "Newness is God's specialty, a trademark of the abundant gifts He gives us-and as we traverse the unique succession of seasons He's designed for us, we'll find our way marked by fresh adventures, surprising encounters, and unprecedented fulfillment."
Blackaby walks through all four seasons and how they impact our identity, our relationships, our roles and our faith. There's a lot of wisdom here, guiding those who really are trapped in one season and refusing to ever leave, as well as reminding those trying to rush through all four seasons in an afternoon to slow down and enjoy the journey.
For driven folks prioritizing accomplishment over people, there's the reminder that the season of success will end and you'll be left with relationships that you never invested in. Blackaby also reminds parents to change how we relate to our kids through each season of their lives, so that our relationship can mature.
Overall, I enjoyed Blackaby's style as a family storyteller who relates experiences to spiritual principles. His reminder to keep a seasonal perspective in life was thought-provoking. This may not be a "catchy" read that sweeps the Christian market, but nevertheless there is wisdom here for anyone at any stage of life (or in any season). It takes time and thoughtfulness to read, consider and apply what Blackaby is sharing. There are also Reflect and Respond questions at the end of each chapter to guide group discussion or individual thought.
My only quibble is that perhaps he indulged in description of the seasons a little too often. There were times I actually thought, "Wait, I already read this" and then flipped through the book only to realize I had just read something very similar a few chapters before. It's an author's indulgence, perhaps, to want to keep in descriptive passages, but once would be enough to wax poetic in this book. Then move on to the analysis of what those seasons look like in life.
Even so, any one could benefit and learn from the reminder that God works with us in a seasonal way, bringing us into newness, asking us to cultivate and work, blessing us with a harvest, and then having us say goodbye and move on, ultimately to something new again.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."