A short and intensely autobiographical debut guide combines inspirational talks and a faith memoir.
George Gilmour and Becky Gilmour weight their concise account of their faith journey with ample stories from their own lives, starting with the sudden death of their little daughter, Stephanie, in an accident. That tragedy prompted painful days and, eventually, a hard-won kind of acceptance: “We are protected and shielded from the effects of the storm, just not from all of it. The rain falls on the good and the bad, and the drought comes to the righteous and unrighteous.” The authors’ narrative alternates in just this way between personal accounts and broader spiritual teaching moments; they'll tell a tale about their daily lives and then shift to traditional inspirational passages. “We must stop focusing on and rehearsing our problems,” they write. “Instead, we must focus on the promises of God, and on pursuing our dreams and keeping a positive attitude.” As a couple, they have many times put their whole trust in God’s plan for their lives, as when they decided to pack up their belongings and move from Southern California to Austin, Texas, or in how they respond to health and financial setbacks. They finish each of their book’s brief chapters with a “Think About It” section of useful discussion questions designed to bring readers into the process of examining their own faith and the way it’s been tested or confirmed by the events of their lives. The highlight of the guide is the clean, bright optimism of the authors, who regularly remind their Christian readers about the all-embracing nature of their religion. “Whatever you are going through, you may be assured that God is there, and He has not forsaken you,” they write. “God is both God of the mountains and God of the valleys. He is God when the bank account is full and God when it is empty. He is God when we are healthy, and He is God when we are ill.” It’s a lucid and heartfelt message that their Christian readers should appreciate.
A highly personal and ultimately uplifting faith manual.