AS THE FOG LIFTS by Mary  Rinehart

AS THE FOG LIFTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A collection of 365 personal Christian meditations from debut author Rinehart.

Rinehart explains that she has developed a daily routine of drinking coffee, reading devotional books, and writing down her thoughts on what she has read. These thoughts tended to turn into Facebook posts, which she collected for this book. The author explains that all of God’s love is “meant to go through us and on to others as we share what we’ve found.” And so she shares her thoughts on the importance of maintaining a personal relationship with God and acting as an ambassador for Christ, even during one’s daily routines. The author is a gardener and a grandmother, and her passages reflect on tending everything from her garden to children. In all matters, she says, “We have to trust and run to God.” Not all of the mediations are positive, cloudless fare. Rinehart expresses her distaste for political correctness and the ways in which “Satan is turning our government and judges against Christians.” The guide’s Facebook-post origins are evident; i.e., the opinions expressed seem lightly considered. Is it true that the government is turning “against Christians,” or was this perhaps a hasty response to some news item of the day? Opinions about same-sex marriage are more reactionary than thoughtful. For example, the author contends that God allows “poverty and even famine” because there are laws within the U.S. that allow same-sex marriage. The work as a whole is clearly true to the author, and the daily meditations move quickly. Each selection is rarely more than a few paragraphs long, and whatever the reader’s opinion on one, there is soon another, with the majority expressing concepts like the importance of studying Scripture and the reassuring acceptance of God’s love.

Proclaims the author’s heartfelt views on God while also espousing intolerance.

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-973614-60-9
Page count: 382pp
Publisher: Westbow Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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