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A personal work that details what one woman has learned from her belief in Christianity.

Jones begins her examination of her faith by recalling a memory of a large rock on her parents’ land. There, she first felt close to her childhood idea of Jesus and realized what his love meant for her life. She addresses general questions that readers may also have about Christianity, such as, “But doesn’t [God] have an entire universe to care for? There are more than seven billion people in the world today. How does He have the time for each of us?” Remembering the special place of her childhood, she constructs a metaphor to address such concerns: “[I]n my innocent, childlike faith, [the rock] was a place I could go to feel God’s presence….God is still ready to meet with me whenever I reach out to Him. I no longer need my big rock.” Each chapter follows this pattern, introducing a doubt or concern and then presenting Jones’ reasoning with personal examples that support her spiritual beliefs. From her feeling that a lost pocketbook was a direct message from God about tithing, to her husband’s decision to attend seminary, the author reviews many moments from her history as a Christian for the benefit of those struggling to better understand their own faith. She writes with clarity, plainly and directly addressing both her own questions and those that might plague others. She also carefully controls her tone so as to never come across as judgmental; she maintains the voice of a warm, knowledgeable, and inviting guide without ever coming across as presumptuous or overbearing. However, readers looking for highly precise treatments of specific religious concerns may find that her book has a frustrating lack of organization. Jones structures her work around broad notions, such as “protection” or “empowerment,” which makes some chapters feel like collections of vaguely associated anecdotes, Bible verses, and generalizations. Nevertheless, this remains an approachable, insightful book about the big questions facing modern Christians.

A casual discussion of a lifelong journey of faith that many readers will find relatable and enlightening.

Pub Date: May 13th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1449794811
Page count: 122pp
Publisher: Westbow Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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