Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Didn't Sign Up For This

In this book, writer Aaron Sharp focuses on 1 Kings 19 and Elijah specifically. Why? Elijah probably felt like he didn't sign up for what he was going through, and sometimes we feel like we didn't sign up for what we are going through either. Aaron Sharp unpacks 1 Kings 19 to show the detours Elijah went through in his life and how God was working, even if Elijah didn't see or know that truth. We need to be reminded too that detours aren't always easy, but God is working beyond our capacity to see or comprehend.
In this book, Aaron Sharp shares what he has learned in the sometimes painful detours he has lived through in his life. The wisdom he gained and the struggles he went through are suggestive of what some of us have gone through also.
There are other Biblical people whose experiences Aaron Sharp briefly shares with the reader, and then he helps the reader to seeGod's hand in his/her life. This book helps to give comfort; we aren't alone in what we suffer.
We often get frustrated about our expectations because they revolve around us while God is focused on his purposes. When we are thinking of just our future or our family's future we are thinking of ourselves and not of people we don't know, this gives me the impression that we need to try to take time each day to focus on the needs of others while not neglecting our families, or ourselves. Also, everyone will experience times of sadness, doubt, fear, and depression and it's unspiritual to hide these emotions
This book seems like it would benefit people who want to understand better why they are going through the detours of life and need encouragement and Biblical reasons while they are going through them. People who read this book will be given a deeper understanding that there will be times that God stays silent, times when he decides to intervene, and times when he decides to speak.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I viewed this e-book (galley) free from the publisher through Netgalley.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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