Thursday, February 7, 2019

"The Louder Song"

Book Description from the publisher:

Lament helps us hear God’s louder song.

When you’re in the midst of suffering, you want answers for the unanswerable, resolutions to the unresolvable. You want to tie up pain in a pretty little package and hide it under the bed, taking it out only when you feel strong enough to face it. But grief won’t be contained. Grief disobeys. Grief explodes. In one breath, you may be able to say that God’s got this and all will be well. In the next, you might descend into fatalism. No pretending. Here, you are raw before God, an open wound.

There is a pathway through this suffering. It’s not easy, but God will use it to lead you toward healing. This path is called lament. Lament leads us between the Already and the Not Yet. Lament minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope. Lament anticipates new creation but also acknowledges the painful reality of now. Lament recognizes the existence of evil and suffering—without any sugarcoating—while simultaneously declaring that suffering will not have the final say.

In the midst of your darkest times, you will discover that lament leads you back to a place of hope—not because lamenting does anything magical, but because God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of renewal and restoration.

My Review:
"The Louder Song" is such an inspiring read!  Seriously, this is a must-read or at least a must-have for everyone, as at some point in your life you will have a time that feels like there is no hope and you are questioning why you are having to deal with what is going on.  This book will help you to rely on God and remember that He is in control and He will help you to get past the suffering.  Aubrey shares her own story as well as others whom she knows and also stories from the Bible that all revolve around each of their laments.  We all have plans for how life is going to go, but we all know that life does not always follow that plan, there are twists and turns and those changes, those hard times are when the struggle happens and that is when we need to lament.  I loved how Aubrey presented this and working through the examples to really illustrate this concept.  This book is eye-opening, inspiring and one that I will refer to often when I need the reminder and encouragement. 

*Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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