If there is one thing that I know about myself, it is that I’m a black and white, number-crunching kind of girl. I prefer instructional non-fiction to flowery poetry and I'm not really artsy or creative. That’s why I like Sharon Jaynes and her new book so much—it is a black and white, concrete map with clear directions to a person who is looking for a way to connect with God.
In a world of tedious religious texts, competing messages from worldly figures, and long to-do lists, this book was really a breath of fresh air for me, a busy mom of two who wants to become closer to God, but doesn’t have any idea on how to do that…and has no time to sort through all the noise to find out on my own.
The book begins with the description of what Jaynes called the “Glory Ache,” that desire that many of us have to feel close to God in our everyday lives, not just at church on Sundays or at a weekend retreat. She believes that we mainly try to ease that ache by taking on more activities or performing works, such as attending Bible studies, volunteering at soup kitchens and the like, thinking that if we can only DO something, we will feel closer to God. These actions, however, never truly fulfill that ache, because as Jaynes reminds us, it is not our works that will bring us a relationship with God.
Each chapter teaches the reader what actually does work in building that important relationship with our Creator. Ideas such as: ■being still and unhurried in our daily lives so that we may hear what God is trying to tell us ■rethinking those mundane, but necessary tasks such as laundry, as ways to serve others to the glory of God, and not just another entry in our to-do lists ■having a conversation with God when we pray…not just talking to Him, but listening as well ■trusting God through the difficult times in life, and ■many more.
This book is proof that Sharon Jaynes really understands how women think and feel about their relationship with God, and in it, she has given us the perfect manual for a successful start to building one.
Click here to read the first chapter of this book and see for yourself how great it is!
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.