This is a good book for young women who think they are too busy with family or career to maintain a faithful discipline of engaging the Word, prayer, and worship. Now is the time to establish a commitment to daily spiritual disciplines. Now is the time to realize God fulfills our deepest desires. Now is when it is important to develop the strength required for troubled times.
Spiritual growth doesn't happen by accident. Marshall suggests we need to create a long term plan. Daily perseverance is required to build habits that will serve us the rest of our lives. Even carving out small amounts of time for Bible reading and prayer will result in benefit. Even if we fail for a time, start again. Determine that today will be better than yesterday. Remember that our spiritual life is an example to others, such as our children.
Marshall provides practical ideas for remaining faithful in busy or troubled times. She has good teaching on being faithful while waiting, having doubts, feeling spiritually dry, having sinned, and suffering, being open and accepting support from others. She also reminds us of the ultimate fruit of a life of everyday faithfulness.
I highly recommend this book. It is good encouragement for young women to commit to a life of everyday faithfulness. It is also a good reminder that it is never too late, regardless of age, to benefit from a committed and continued spiritual devotion to the things of God.
Food for thought: “We settle for far less when we hang our contentment on anything other than God.” (Loc 684/1699)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Glenna Marshall (BA, Union University) is a pastor's wife and mother of two energetic sons. She is the author of The Promise of His Presence and writes regularly at GlennaMarshall.com on biblical literacy, suffering, and the faithfulness of God. She is a member of Grace Bible Fellowship in Sikeston, Missouri.
Crossway, 176 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.)