Part memoir and part biblical wisdom, She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That’s Passing Away is a powerful commentary on change, loss, and learning to depend on God. And oh man, y’all, this book hit me right in the feels. It’s touching and powerful and occasionally funny (there’s a great line in there about God waiting for his creations to figure out how to make sushi).
SRT provided gentle answers to a question I’ve been wrestling with lately: How do I reconcile loving my life in this world when Christians are called to not be of the world?
It’s not a question the book addresses head-on, but it’s critical in my current stage of life.
Because I do love it. I love my family, I love my job, I love my friends, I love snuggling with my pups, I love writing, I love sitting outside in the sunshine with a glass of Topo Chico. Heaven sounds nice and all, but I’m not quite ready to give it all up. Does that make me a bad Christian?
No, Amanda and Raechel write. It just means we need to put the things we enjoy — things God intended for us to enjoy — in a greater perspective.
Contentment is having hope that is not dependent on our circumstances. It’s living with everything we ever wanted or none of the things we really needed, and being joyful either way because we are dwelling on the good things that has already done. I was learning, maybe for the first time or maybe all over again, that God was good because of who He was, not because of what He could do for me…
Contentment was going to be a lifelong exercise in fixing my gaze on the Lord both in plenty and in want.
I have plenty right now. I know, unfortunately, that in the future I’ll be in a stage of wanting. But the message this book shares is applicable to both: The things in this life that we love are anything but permanent, but that’s OK, because their value doesn’t come from their permanency. Their value comes from their creation by God and their role in our lives as his plan unfolds. It’s a subtle but important shift in perspective. And it’s one I think we could all benefit from.
My rating? A solid four stars out of five.
P.S. I received a copy of this book through a giveaway by Lifeway and Eric Geiger, who blogs about ministry and leadership. Check him out!