Book Reviews

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Finding God in the Dark

Sifting the Soul

Disappointment can bring about feelings of doubt.  Doubt that the Good Lord, who made us, gave us life, knew us before we were even born, and will love us for eternity does not take care of our needs.  In the Book Finding God in the Dark, by Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin, they share some of  their  experiences; feelings of abandonment, anger, grief, and hopelessness in God.  Its not just a book about despair, its the realisation, God loves us so much, he will sift us,  to bring us closer to him.  We may not always understand at the moments during lifes trials the whys,  but later we may be grateful for those difficult  moments.
   Ted,  Kluck, has written for ESPN, Sports Spectum, and Christianity Today.  Awarded  book of the year for Christianity of Today.  He is a husband and father of two adopted boys and has been in a Christian band.  This author conveys emotion well through his writings. I was in literal  tears at one point, when he described the heart ache of loosing his father and the adoption of the sister to one of his sons. He, according to this book, has gained much but also lost a lot in his life.  Sharing his retrospect on the grace God has granted  him during not just the good but also the bad areas in his life.  Mr Kluck finds that to truly find the heart of God, we need to give up idols, some that are even hidden to us.  Being sifted of his sins during the good, brought about his great relationship with the Lord.
   I found this book at times to be heart breaking and inspirational.  I also found it to be difficult to read at times, being two different writers, therefore two different forms of writing.  I loved the way he did not sugar coat his feelings of anger, sadness, and utter loss.  This book did well in relating the relationships of our idols versus the  true relationship we gain with God, when we put them out of our lives.  This is the second book I have read by this writer, and look forward to future writings in the future.   I would like to thank netgalley, the authors Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin, and also the publisher Baker Publishing Group,  for allowing me to read and review this book.  All of the opinions in this review, are  mine and have not been influenced by any other source. 

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