Sunday, April 2, 2023

Safe All Along by Katie Davis Majors Book Review

About the Book:

As a missionary, wife, and mom of fifteen, Katie Davis Majors knows how hard it can be to receive God’s peace instead of giving in to fear and worry. Family emergencies, unexpected life-shifting events, and the busy rhythms of family life have at times left her reeling. 

In Safe All Along, Katie offers reflections and stories from around the world and from her own kitchen table about her personal journey toward living from a place of surrendered trust. Every chapter leads us deep into Scripture as we learn what it looks like to break free from anxiety and take hold of peace.

Rich in biblical explorations of lament and praise, forgiveness and hope, service and surrender, Safe All Along asks, What practical choices can we make to experience the peace Jesus promised amid disappointment and uncertainty? How can we live with joy and confidence even when we’re pulled into the rapids of life?

Our God has promised us a peace that transcends all understanding. And we can accept His promise, trusting that in Him we a safe all along.

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My Review:

Majors writes, “I want to live in the peace that is dependent not on my circumstances but on the unchanging character of my God.” (194/3375) She shares the lessons she has learned, especially when uncertainty of a world wide pandemic, illness, a family crisis and a move back to the U.S. caused her to be struck with anxiety.

It can happen even when we have been faithful, she writes. She shares helpful insights from the Bible and her own experiences. She reminds us how the enemy tempts us to think God is withholding something good. She shares her struggle with wanting to be in control. She reminds us God is intentional in not letting us see the entire plan.

Majors says she is still learning. She is seeing a counselor and takes anti-depressants. That, combined with intentional habits, it is helping her live in the peace Jesus offers. She gives practical suggestions like spending time in God's Word, reminding ourselves of God's faithfulness in the past, and more. Sidebars add questions for reflection or discussion.

This is a good book containing an honest look at the struggle to live in God's peace and good suggestions on learning to do so.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Katie Davis Majors is the bestselling author of Kisses from Katie and Daring to Hope. She is the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that desires to empower people in Uganda through authentic relationships, education, community strengthening, vocational training, and spiritual discipleship. 

Now living in Tennessee with her husband, Benji, and parenting their large crew together, Katie spends her average day folding laundry in her living room with little ones underfoot, chopping pounds of carrots for soup for her hungry crew, and whispering prayers to Jesus, who is still her very best friend. Photo © Julie Ranee.

Multnomah, 272 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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