In her debut collection of essays, Gulliver offers guidance for overcoming life’s challenges through embracing faith in the Holy Spirit.
This volume compiles 29 of the author’s blog posts, with each chapter focused on a specific subject and how it relates to the virtues of patience, love, forgiveness, self-control, and, especially, trusting absolutely in the will of God. It also encourages other recognizably evangelical concepts, such as baptism and tithing, and strongly stresses Bible study. The topics range from the personal (mental and physical illness, overcoming depression, and conquering addictions) and interpersonal (bullying, peer pressure, marriage, and divorce) to the inspirational, spiritual, and ethereal (the pursuit of wisdom, achieving goals, and strengthening devotion to Jesus Christ). The entries cite Scripture in a consistent, confident, and sermonlike fashion, repeatedly employing the familiar salutation of “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” and ending with the passionate phrase, “In Jesus Name Amen!” The book also presents Satan as a force that preys on self-doubt and must be overcome through self-control and faith. Although the book regularly stresses that its points are the author’s opinions, it seems incongruent with its authoritarian tone, which casts Gulliver in the role of an inspirational adviser. Readers may also find some of the collection’s views to be controversial, such as its theories on addiction and mental illness that suggest that changes in these areas come principally from devotion to God. The chapters are cluttered with run-on sentences, confused tenses, erratic capitalization, and missing punctuation; they also employ quotation marks in an inconsistent, confusing manner. If not for the repetition of the aforementioned virtues, the book’s message would likely be lost in its muddled composition.
Inspirational lessons hidden in a repetitive, difficult read.