Monday, April 21, 2014

Lost and Found

This book was given me by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reading and writing a review about it.

Lost and Found by Sarah Jakes

This book is the story of Sarah Jakes daughter of Bishop T. D Jakes.  She got in with the wrong group, had her first baby at 14 and then wound up marrying a man she was determined to love and also sure that he would give up his womanizing ways and be devoted to her even though he had showed no signs of faithfulness.  She is 25 years old at the time of the writing--divorced with 2 children and she tells the story of her journey.

I don't normally quote from books in my reviews, but for this book, I just want to pick out some of the quotes that stuck with me when I was reading the book.  I don't really like when they put quotes in bigger letters on the same page that it is written on because I feel like I am reading stuff twice, but it is nice for later on.

"Time, like life, isn't about how much we have; it's about what we do with it."
"How do we show the world the power of God's love when we, as Christians, fail so often to show love to one another?"
"If we discuss only our victories and not our struggles, we allow others to believe that you can win a war without engaging in battle."
"Perhaps our biggest issue is not that we can't see ourselves; it's that we can't accept that even when we're broken, His love for us has not been distorted."
"So often we look for Him to calm the storms of our lives.  But there are times when the storm can't go away because we need the rain."
"Could it be that our sin is not in being ruined, but in not letting Him find the glory in our pieces?"

These were a few of the quotes I really liked.  I didn't necessarily agree with everything she said in her book. I don't believe in eternal security.  As I was reading the book, I wanted to say, "Really, you couldn't grasp what was going on?  What were you thinking to marry Robert knowing he hadn't been faithful to you up to that point?"  I also recognize that when you are in the heat of the moment you don't have the benefit of perspective, either.

I would recommend this book--it was an interesting read and it was a beautiful story of God being able to take what was broken and use it for good.  My hope would be that people who read this book would be able to learn from Sarah's mistakes and avoid going down the same path she went down.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite: So often we look for Him to calm the storms of our lives. But there are times when the storm can't go away because we need the rain.


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