Lenten Book Review {with a link-up}

Better late than never, right?

Our Lenten reading for the Stella Maris Book Club was a “choose your own adventure” type of deal.  We each pulled a spiritual book off the shelf and (did our best to) read it during Lent.  Rather than have a Facebook discussion like we usually do (love them!), we’re just all sharing a little bit about what we read.  This isn’t limited to our book club, though.  If you read a book and would like to tell us about it, feel free to jump into the comments section or write your own blog post and link it up at the bottom.

Into Your Hands, Father: Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us

by Wilfrid Stinissen

This little book packs a big punch.  It’s barely 100 pages long, but every single page contains something insightful.  It’s separated into 3 parts: Accepting God’s Will, Obeying God’s Will, and Being God’s Instrument.  I’ve got to admit that I only skimmed the last section because the first 2 sections have been quite useful for me so far, and I think it’s going to take me quite a while to get to the third “level” of obedience.

Theoretically, I am aware that I should accept, obey, and seek God’s will.  Practically, it’s much more difficult to put into action.  I found this little book helpful, mostly by keeping the idea of acceptance and obedience at the forefront of my mind.  I imagine this book will hang out on the nightstand for quite some time.  It’s not really a read-to-get-through-it type of book, but rather a reference book that will provide lots of inspiration and guidance.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the book:

“Many turn to God only when they must make an important or definitive choice in life.  They approach God as a computer, so to speak, who gives answers to questions.  “We cannot put our lives into God’s hands,” writes Martin Lönnebo, “demanding that his will be done in just one choice.  That is wrong.  Often we do not get a clear answer when we ask God questions in prayer.  We can stand there just as perplexed after prayer as before.  The secret of evangelical freedom from care is not that we surrender our life to God only at certain times.  The secret is rather that we never leave God!  Let your whole life rest in his powerful yet tender hand.”

Did you read anything spiritual this Lent?  Want to share?  Join us in the comment section or link your blog post up below.



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  1. Thanks for hosting; and sounds like a book I should definitely check out.
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  2. Thanks for hosting Micaela! I’ll def be back tomorrow to check out everyone else’s links!

    Sounds like a great title!

    I didn’t want to take up too many spots in the linky but I’ve two other posts around spiritual/Lenten books:

    1. Faith and Chocolate: Goodies to fill those Easter Baskets…. books and Easter candy (but mainly books!)

    2. Redeemed by Grace: a wonderful story about transformation about a woman’s change of heart~~~ reminiscent of Abby Johnson leaving PP:

    Thanks! Happy Holy Week!!