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The Bible says that God makes all things beautiful in their time, but when we look around today we see a broken and marred world. Our reality is so often the "not beautiful" that it's hard to trust that God can make our mess into something good. So how do we live with hope for a future redemption of all things?
In Searching for Spring, Christine Hoover takes readers on a treasure hunt for beauty in both familiar and unexpected places. Framed by the changing seasons, this journey will heighten readers' senses and awaken their affections for the creator of it all. For all who are in the midst of suffering, who find their faith withering, who are questioning whether God is at work--or even present--as they wait for something in their lives to become beautiful, this book will be a welcome reminder that God never stops his redemptive work and that there is a time for everything under heaven.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Kendra3 Stars Out Of 5Searching for SpringApril 16, 2018KendraQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Using the four seasons and Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 as a loose outline, Christine Hoover helps us see, as the book subtitle says, "How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time." The majority of the book focuses on the "winter" season of loneliness, suffering, hardship and sacrifice. Over and over, Hoover encourages us to look for beauty and redemption in the midst of our "winter", to trust God with the "inconsolable things" that can never be fixed this side of heaven, and to learn obedience while we wait for "all things new."
"Are you consistently seeking space for silence and stillness before God? Are you finding consolation in the Word and courage to wait for the future King's return?...When we go to the Well of Life rather than swimming in a stagnant pool of excessive busyness or consistent distraction, he seeps truth into our waiting hearts that makes us thankful and filled with joy. Where there is joy, there is a song on our lips, a word of encouragement to share, a prayer of deep trust. (179)" I identify with the tendency to be busy and distracted to avoid thinking, silence, and feeding on the Word, and with the resulting joylessness, so this quote was a challenge to me.
While there were sections here and there that caught my attention, I have to be honest and say that overall, I had a hard time getting into this book. I'm not sure why; it has such glowing reviews... Maybe I'll pick it up again sometime and see if I connect better.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
Rebekah Hargraves5 Stars Out Of 5This book is a must-read!April 16, 2018Rebekah HargravesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so incredibly grateful for Christine Hoovers new book, Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time. This is the deeply theological and yet wholly relatable and easy-to-read book we have been needing in the church in our day surrounding the topic of suffering.
Christine dives into the hard topic of suffering by offering a breakdown of Ecclesiates 3:1-8, showing us that there truly is a time and purpose for everything. A time for war and a time for peace, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to weep and a time to laugh, and so on. As she does so, she beautifully captures the part our sufferings have to play in the grand scheme of things, teaching us that no misery, no heartache, no trial is ever wasted or without purpose. Our God always brings good out of them and always allows those experiences into our lives for our ultimate good. Hes a good and kind Father Who knows what is best even when what is best is hard.
In the midst of so much talk of the dark times of life, Christine is, amazingly, also able to write to us in such a way as to inspire us to search out the good, the wonder, the beauty in our here-and-now everyday lives. She reminds us that beauty and goodness are here somewhere because God is here. There is always beauty to be found if we will look for it, and even more beauty will come as a result of the seemingly less-than-beautiful seasons of our lives.
If you are going through a hard season in your life right now, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book! The same goes for if you are just now coming out of a dark season and wondering why God allowed you to go through it, or if perhaps life has been easy for you so far but you expect there to be hardship in the future. Basically, every single Christian would benefit greatly from reading Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time by Christine Hoover.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5a personal journey to find God's beauty and grace in everyday happeningsApril 14, 2018Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Searching For Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful In Time by Christine Hoover is not a book for self-improvement, and it contains no discussion question or suggested activities for personal reflection. What it is, however, has the potential to touch you on a deeper level than the simple cover dares to suggest.
Searching For Spring is full of little snippets of Christine's personal journey to finding God's beauty in life's everyday happenings. From the beauty of watching the wildlife in her own backyard to discovering the hidden depths of God's beauty in witnessing close friends struggle with adulterous behaviors, Christine invites us to join her and see God's glories through the lens of her personal experiences. With plenty of Biblical excerpts and references, this book still manages to read with the simplistic casual tone of sitting down with a beloved friend for a chat over a cup of Joe or your favorite flavor of tea.
Whether you're familiar with Christine's other books or this is the first book of hers that has made its way into your paws, her candid voice and friendly demeanor are sure to find their way into your heart. Searching For Spring is one I'd suggest for any women who desire to feel closer to finding the answers to God's plans and motives within their own experiences - especially if you could use a friend to help you along the way. This book is good for new Christians just starting their walk with God, seasoned believers who seek a refresher on God's beauty and grace, and all those in between. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Read!April 4, 2018muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thoroughly enjoyed "Searching for Spring" by Christine Hoover. I love how creative Christine is and how she shows us how beauty is all around us. So many times, especially when we are going through hard times, we focus on the negative and the "ugliness" of life. Christine shows us how God is always with us and even in the hard times of life, beauty can come out of it. I've seen in my own life where some of the most beautiful moments came out of the hardest and toughest things I've ever dealt with.
One of my favorite quotes in this book is "Beauty is not immediate. It often unveils itself slowly, through much waiting, much seeking, and sometimes much heartache." (p. 21) I have experienced this, but I needed some reminding.
I definitely recommend this book to every woman out there. We women have so much to do and get so busy with life that we tend to ignore the beauty out there. This book is a great reminder not to do that!
I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
AmyL4 Stars Out Of 5Searching For SpringMarch 16, 2018AmyLQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Searching For Spring is a play on the four seasons and how we can experience life in seasons. It's a reminder that there must always be an end to the trouble-less, "mountaintop" moments in life. And that there will always be a death, a renewing and a new growing season. Based on the book of Ecclesiastes, Hoover shares some personal experiences with walking through these seasons and what God has taught her about each one.
As I was recently listening to Hoover's new podcast, By Faith, she explained that she approachedSearching For Spring more poetically than her other books. I definitely found this to be true. Typically, I'm not a fan of flowery, or poetic writing. I get lost in what the true meaning of the book is. However, I found myself being challenged by much of the writing in this book.
I connected so much with what Hoover wrote about in the first half of the book. The idea of summer and the beauty that it brings to life challenged the way that I use the word beautiful. It was a reminder that life may be hard, but it is the hard parts of life that show us the beauty. I also really appreciated the first chapter on winter. My own experiences with winter seasons were echoed on the pages ofSearching For Spring.
As I mentioned before, I tend to struggle with more flowery writing. Though I was challenged in the reading ofSearching for Spring, I also struggled to connect with about half of the book. When I could connect with the story, I understood the point Hoover was making, but often, it lost some poignancybecause of the length of time it took to tell the story.
Searching for Spring is an excellent reminder that God does make all things beautiful in His time. That he has not given up on us or walked away from us. He is always moving in and through the seasons that we encounter in life.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.