Eller was hungry for a deeper faith. She was hungry for a relationship with God that would change how she viewed the world. She was hungry for a presence of God that would show up in every aspect of her life.
She shares her adventure using the examples of the disciples. From Simon we learn what it means to respond to the call to follow, and to obey the command to fish one more time. He'd been at it all night with no success but obeyed the command to go to deeper waters. There are good lessons from each of the disciples as they followed Jesus out of their comfort zones. She even includes Judas Iscariot, from whom we learn intentional gratitude.
Eller reminds us there is no blueprint for the journey as we venture into deep water. She helps us understand what we may have to leave behind. She gives encouragement for when we hear the call of God and it doesn't turn out the way we thought – for months or even years. She assures us God's strength will reveal itself in our weaknesses.
Eller shares stories from her own life and the lives of others. She includes insights she has gleaned from other authors. She has provided thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter, as well as a prayer, Scripture, and prompts for living out discipleship. This book would be a good one for a small group study among trusted friends or for individual use.
Eller suggests we are the “thirteenth disciple.” She encourages us to obey the command to follow. “We get to participate in miracles and answered prayers.” If you desire to go deeper, this book will encourage you on your journey.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Suzanne Eller is an ECPA bestselling author and popular blogger. She writes and speaks for Proverbs 31 Ministries. She and her husband live in Arkansas. You can find out more at www.tsuzanneeller.com.
Bethany House Publishers, 224 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.