Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want

30956072 Still Waiting: Hope for When God Doesn't Give You What You Want by Ann Swindell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a review copy from Tyndale in exchange for my honest unbiased review.

What if God wants you to wait?
Most of us don’t willingly choose to wait. We pick the shortest lines at the grocery store and avoid construction routes whenever possible. These are relatively short holdups, but they point to the deeper truth of what we try to evade on the larger scale of our lives: the anguish and heartache we experience during extended times of waiting when something we have hoped for gets delayed. Because waiting is painful and hard, too often we try to rush through it, seeking to jump ahead to the hoped-for resolution, opportunity, or healing. It’s easy to overlook that waiting is an inevitable part of our walk with God.






A beautiful and powerful story of the power of grace and faith told in a parallel between past and present. Ann both shared her story, and brought to life the story of the Bleeding Woman in this touching story about waiting, and hoping for things unseen! Such a relevant message, and one that' timeless. From the beginning humans have been waiting for God to bring forth things promised long ago. From love, to family, to healing, to guidance, God's timing is often not ours. We must learn to accept that He knows us best and knows what is best for us, and His timing is always perfect. So we wait on Him, in faith and with hope, for the desired of our hearts.

While my struggles are different than those Ann outlines in this story, many of the emotions are universal. Waiting it hard. It makes us uncomfortable, and then we start to doubt, question, and worry. Waiting feels like suffering, and often we suffer without knowing when, or if it will ever end, at least on this side of heaven. But God knows that if we turn out burdens and cares to Him, we will grow and blossom while we wait. Lessons often take time, and patience and waiting go hand in hand. Neither are pleasant at the time, but looking back, that's often the part of our lives where we see the most growth. Ann shows this wonderfully in her book, and even in writing this, she proves that the waiting has strengthened her, by letting God use her, He gave her the courage to share her story, and help others by sharing her struggles.


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