True North: Choosing God in the Frustrations of Life was one of those books that I loved as soon as I started reading it. It's all about looking up (north) to God in all things. It's a positive, upbeat take on life, but it's not one of those cheesy self-help books.
The book opens with an aptly titled chapter: Life Is Difficult. That title is followed by scripture: "In this world you will have trouble." John 16:33 NIV. What that said to me was that life is hard, but that's exactly what the Bible said would happen, so we know God is there.
The book goes on to illustrate the many ways that we humans are tempted to solve our problems in the flesh, when we really should be turning to God. Are we "grumbling and grasping", or have we reached a place of "grace and gratitude"? The authors share personal experiences, leaving the reader to feel that we are on this journey together- we're not being "preached at" by someone who is a better Christian than we are.
Authors Gary and Lisa Heim are a husband-wife ministry team. Their book spoke to me, and so I looked for the Heims online. I was pleased to find their website, True North Ministries. Their site offers a summary of the book, and also a free study guide to use while reading True North... . I found myself wishing that I could attend one of their 525 retreats.
This is a book that I would freely recommend to anyone who could use a little reminder of where we, as Christians, can turn when facing life's problems.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.
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