Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pressing Into Thin Places by Margaret Wills

We all have difficulties in our spiritual lives, the fears, disappointments, and trials. Wills encourages our hearts and minds toward God by pointing to the wisdom, hope, and faithfulness of the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. (xvii)
Every once and a while God helps our faith by lifting the veil. “He lets us experience the 'thin place.'” (7) These are the places where the veil that separates heaven and earth is nearly transparent. We experience a deep sense of God's presence. We feel the divine breaking into our world. Through her stories and poems, Wills shares some of her “thin places.”
In 1 Sam. 30:6 David “strengthened himself in the Lord.” Wills suggests we can do the same, “ going into His presence and letting Him guide our thinking.” (32) We can meditate on Scripture as David did. “David poured out his heart to God in worship, meditation, and prayer.” (33) It was a choice he made despite his feelings.
Wills speaks of her own hard times and that the resulting forced dependence upon God is a good thing. (41) We pray, “deliver me” prayers. What we really want is a guarantee of the future. Sometimes we get to the “whether or not” prayers – faith.
Wills knows we'd all like an easy life. “We don't want to need to trust God.” (130) But, “It is when we choose to depend on Him for our demands of everyday life that we experience His faithfulness.” (129-130)
Wills book is a good encouragement for difficult times. Those hurting will find hope in its pages.

A writer and a poet, Dr. Wills is dedicated to the ministry of encouragement andhelping people experience hope, wisdom, and faith in their spiritual journey. She has written for a number of publications including The Journal of the Fort Smith Historical Society. She previously served on the board of the Arkansas Community Foundation. Dr. Wills makes her home in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

I received a copy of this book from The B&B Media Group on behalf of the publisher for the purpose of this review.

A portion of the the sales of Pressing into Thin Places will go to the John Brown University Center for Relationship Enrichment.

Brown Christian Press – April 2011, ISBN 978-1-934812-99-0/208 pages

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