I picked up Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts last week at Word bookstore because the title caught my attention. I’ve only read the first two chapters so far (I only read when I’m in the bus thesedays!) and it has greatly encouraged me. The book is written by Jerry Bridges, who’s apparently quite well-known in The Navigators‘ circle. I didn’t realise that the book was printed by Navpress. Two of my sisters joined The Navigators in their uni years, and they still keep in touch with other members as well.
One thing that I really appreciate and value from the book is that the focus of the book is on God, and not on us. I have learned this in the nine months of extreme emotional rollercoaster that I can feel sorry and miserable for what it’s worth but it won’t help anything. I like this quote from the book, “The sovereignty of God is often questioned because man does not understand what God is doing. Because He does not act as we think He should, we conclude He cannot act as we think He should.” The book doesn’t mollycoddle the readers with sweetly sympathetic words, but actually provides good biblical knowledge even when it’s not what we want to hear. Maybe some of you are facing a much bigger challenge than what I have at the moment and need some encouragement, come along on the journey and read this book with me.
Talking about books, there are heaps of half-read and to-be-read books sitting on the shelves in my living room and in my study. In the age of short attention span and instant gratification, reading has become an art in itself. To sit quietly for hours and to engross oneself in the literary content seems like an exception nowadays because we prefer to sit or lie down on the couch and watch TV instead! 🙂 I hope I can finish reading this book and tackle some others that I purchased in the past.
On the rebranding front, the newlook jBløg will be launched sometime next week! Watch this space!