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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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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.
KaitlynW5 Stars Out Of 5Theology in a practical and artful wayMarch 13, 2018KaitlynWQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved everything about this book! Christine has done a fantastic job of artfully weaving practical theology into every season of life - primarily winter. My soul has found so much joy through reading this during the actual season of winter - and through a degree of spiritual winter as well. Chrisitine understands and communicates so clearly and creatively that beauty is more beautiful contrasted with un-beautiful things and God's beauty and goodness can be found in the midst of suffering. "God is all-good, all-knowing and all-powerful all together, all the time. Try to imagine any other combination. All-good without being all-knowing, all-knowing without being all-powerful, and all-powerful without being all-good." We can have this hope that He has our good and His glory in mind (Rom. 8:28) and even through suffering we have this hope: God will make all this beautiful in time (Ecc. 3:11). "God uses suffering to produce in us a saving and enduring faith - which is his will for us in the present" (Rom. 5:3-5). I highly recommend the book to all people - whether you are going through a difficult season, or not, this book will give you awe in the beauty of God all around us.
Joanna E.5 Stars Out Of 5God doesn't waste our pain, but transforms it for His gloryMarch 11, 2018Joanna E.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The book Searching for Spring by Christine Hoover explores God's character, detailing how He brought her through rough times until spring. This helped my journey because last year I had to surrender all my dreams to God. Christine encouraged me by explaining that when we obey, "all of our unseen self-deaths were seen all along and will be rewarded by God Himself." This concept was reassuring because although obedience is costly, God will bring beauty from the ashes. She stretched my understanding of God to see Him as a Creator who writes poems, composes songs, and authors stories with the broken things of our lives and transforms them into works of art that bring Him honor.
Each section of the book was entitled with a season, which led to some confusion when I realized my favorite chapter on fall colors was in the winter portion. I discovered later the sections were added after the book was written, which cleared up my questions. Focus on the chapter titles to know what content to expect, and you will be fine.
I recommend this book to people going through difficult circumstances who need a reminder that God is in control despite what they see and will carry them through to glory.
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
renee5 Stars Out Of 5amazing!March 10, 2018reneeQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0beautiful book and so filled with hope! definitely a must read!
kadams5 Stars Out Of 5This book will leave you full of hope.March 8, 2018kadamsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Spring is Coming" by Steven Curtis Chapman played softly through the house either the night of or day after I finished the final chapter of Searching for Spring, solidifying the message of this book, reminding me of God's promise. The "inconsolable things" frequently brought up in this book had occurred amidst the days I found myself immersed in this book. Christine Hoover quotes author Zack Eswine's definition of "inconsolable things" as, "...the sins and miseries that will not be eradicated until heaven comes home, the things that only Jesus, and no one of us, can overcome. We cannot expect to change what Jesus left unfixed for the moment (p. 54)."
Hoover immediately following writes, "This presence of inconsolable things reminds us that healing is not the same as heaven (p. 55)." For me this book is representative of an initial time of loss and grief over an unborn child that I hoped to meet toward the coming fall, but alas, while it was still winter those dreams and hopes fell through.
I found it interesting that as I joined other eager readers who were part of this book's launch team that they all identified with the message of this book. They identified because regardless of the differing events in their lives each one had experienced something inconsolable. These inconsolable things remind us that there is something, some One greater. Hoover points out that we sometimes need this balance to find and appreciate the beauty that God has hidden all around us. "[B]eauty is not immediate. It often unveils itself slowly, through much waiting, much seeking, and sometimes much heartache (p. 21)."
Hoover uses the seasons of nature paired with Ecclesiastes 3 to beautifully sculpt an image of a God we can relate to and a Promise we can fully believe in. She beautifully paints image after image that all readers can rejoice in. By the end of the book, she will have you searching for the beauty all around you. She will have you searching for Spring, the forever beauty.
(A special thank you to BakerBooks for providing be with a free copy and all the pre-release goodies of Searching for Spring.)