"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

-C.S. Lewis

What we read has such an impact on us, and I am always on the lookout for something that will inspire me to be a better person. Here is a sampling of books that have been in the teetering stack sitting on top of what is rumored to be my bedside table.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Conversation with God for Women, by Marcia Ford

            Essentially, this book is presented in a FAQ-style format. It poses questions that many Christians have about their faith and what God expects from us. It answers these questions in the first person, as though God, Christ, or other people in the Bible were answering these questions directly.  Corresponding Bible verses are footnoted and included verbatim in a separate section at the back of the book.
            At first, I was taken aback by the boldness of a book that would speak for God.  However, most of the assertions made in the book are supported by appropriate Scripture. There are a few cases, particularly with other Biblical people such as Mary the mother of Christ, where I think that much inference has been made into personality.  However, these instances don't detract from the larger message of the book. 
            I feel that the theology of the book is spot-on.  There were portions that could have used more links to Scripture, but the message of the book seems well grounded.
            The book seems to have been organized to read from cover to cover, but I think that most readers would appreciate jumping around and reading the questions that pertain to their own lives.
            I highly recommend this book for any Christian who has questions about the faith, and for non-Christians who also seek to understand the religion better.  It would be an excellent addition to a church library.

A Conversation with God for Women
Marcia Ford
Thomas Nelson

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