Friday, March 14, 2014

Book review 50 Days of Hope

50 Days of Hope by Lynn Eib; 237 pages

A small, soft-covered green diary-like volume, this book offers daily words of hope for wisdom and strength a full 50 days!
   Although the words contained would brighten any reader's life, it is specifically designed to meet the needs of cancer ''victims''.
I must admit, by God's grace, I have not had the shadow of cancer over myself or my immediate family but, as I'm sure is the case with most people, I know several dear friends who have had cancer. I found it difficult reading this book, since I'd rather ignore the world of cancer altogether. But in conclusion, I'm glad I did read helps me better understand the struggle going on mentally with cancer patients.

Good quotes from the book:
''....The eagle doesn't escape the storm but uses it to lift himself higher. He rises on the winds that bring the storm. God has allowed a storm of cancer in your life, and He will give you His strength to rise above it until He ultimately calms it.'' (pg. 55)

''Waiting goes against our very nature but draws us closer to the Lord better than just about anything else.'' (pg. 61)

''Waiting reminds us we aren't God, that's an invaluable lesson...every time we get impatient, annoyed, frustrated with waiting, we demonstrate our desire to be in charge. When we wait for others, it puts us at their mercy. They are controlling our schedule, our pace of life, and our agenda. Things are out of our hands....most of us don't want to be at the mercy of someone or something else. But the Bible says we are at God's mercy for every breath we take. 
''In Him we live and move and exist'' (Acts 17:28)'' (pg. 61)

In pages 45-46 I don't quite agree with the statements that ''life is not fair, but God is''....
I explain: It's very simple: as sinners, we deserve all the pain of this world, even as Christians, because we live in a sin-cursed world! And suffering in this world should only make us long for the perfection of heaven! As for fairness...''what's not fair'' is that we all don't have cancer!
It's not fair that God should give you the grace to live in His beautiful world....and to Christians: it is not fair that He should grant you the gift of salvation!
I hope you understand me....we are such sinful creatures. All we deserve is hell. But showed AMAZING grace by saving many, and giving them the promise of a glorious eternity with Him! As for the others, God really does show a lot of common grace towards them by allowing them to live here for a season, enjoying the blessings around.
Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

I received this book to review through the Tyndale blog reviewers program. I was encouraged to state my honest opinion.