The Grand Scheme: Understanding God’s Plan for Your Life is a cheerful and enthusiastic Christian non-fiction book. Author Tega Folivi sets out a simple list of ways to identify how God is working in your life, and urges people to embrace a confident, powerful connection with God by looking beyond confusing situations towards His ultimate plan. The book has 10 chapters that outline God’s characteristics as a master guide for people’s lives and each chapter gives strategies for channeling this divine plan into their daily practice. There is also a short set of prophetic affirmations for the reader to use at the end.
This book is a ray of sunshine! The Grand Scheme: Understanding God’s Plan for Your Life delivers plain-speak about getting in touch with God—how, why, and what to expect—and is very clear about the humility and clear communication practices that are necessary. Tega Folivi upholds God’s work in her own life and encourages others to believe in His purpose for them as well. Her absolute commitment propels the book forward in a very strong way. God’s presence in her and of the type of person she defines as a “God-lover” is described beautifully. One highlight for me also was the variety of Scriptures quoted from many different translations and I liked how sensible a lot of the topics were—a loving spirit towards others, real immersion in God’s Word, and acceptance that tough or surprising situations might actually be His design. I highly recommend some of the common sense the author puts forward.
Believing: Reflections of Faith by Michael Misiak is a detailed, but easy to read devotional book written for both Christians and skeptics. The author shares his personal journey as a Christian and invites non-believers to consider divergent thinking and open their minds to new ideas instead of what they already think about religion. After exploring the validity of the Bible and near-death experiences and laying the groundwork to reader to consider the reality of God, the rest of the book examines daily life as a Christian, including the timelessness of Christ in the face of thousands of years of fads and being a light in the world even when you are faulty.
Believing: Reflections of Faith is a great book to connect with in a personal way. Michael Misiak writes like a friend giving wisdom from his own experiences so you can sort out what you might be struggling with. His gift for really clever imagery that hits the spot and creates a genuine moment shines brightly throughout the narrative. I especially liked the use of wordplay and scientific analogies to create the unexpected and make you think—as in comparing the three-person God to the awesome power of the sun, lens to view the sun, and solar radiation. Other moments of reflection were very funny and deeply real, like the inventive story of what your point of view might be if you were in heaven about to be born on Earth. An earnest and authentic book that never overstates itself or loses its grip on the subject matter, Believing: Reflections of Faith is a great option for someone looking to better their understanding of why people believe in God or to renew their own faith if they are a Christian.
Come What May, He’s Always God by Gladys Goldsby Ford is a set of 40 short devotional sermons that offer an abundance of wisdom to be read during personal Bible study. It’s loaded with scriptures and knowledgeable explanations of word meanings in the original Greek and Hebrew of the Bible and packs a lot of content for such a short book. For a seasoned devotional reader who wants something really substantial, each chapter is brief, but has great depth. Analytical studies of Bible sections such as the 40-year punishment of the children of Israel and the personal growth development of the Apostle Peter are balanced by humorous one-liners, catchy snippets or phrases that are easy to carry in the memory, and anecdotes of faulty, ridiculous, wise, admirable, or eccentric real people to serve as examples of what to do—and sometimes, what not to do!
Come What May, He’s Always God is half a serious devotional package and half an entertaining and witty ride into the Christian life. The abundance of verses quoted or referenced makes it really meaty, a Sunday morning sermon made private so the reader can learn at their own pace and absorb the nuggets of wisdom. Personal time with God is constantly stressed—waiting for Him, abiding in Him, being patient as He works in others, being careful of the words you say, and making sure your interpretations of life are rooted in Him and not in your own wishes or in fear of other people—and Gladys Goldsby Ford’s book is a great resource to add to that devotional time that is so important to the Christian walk. Along with real-life church anecdotes, a gritty set of medical details on the Crucifixion, and some inspiring testimonies, this little gem also offers some great insight into little-discussed Biblical characters such as Thomas. The dangers of unbelief and hard-heartedness and the trouble you cause to yourself and others if you defy God is the great takeaway I got from this book and made it a worthy read I’d recommend.
This is the companion for Sarah Scheele's newsletter blog. In it I share reviews for books I'd recommend/are similar to my own.