Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

At this time of year we celebrate mothers. In reality, the job of "mom" can sometimes feel insignificant and unappreciated. Just think back to the first time you walked into your parent's house with your newborn baby. All of a sudden, you were just mom to the life of the party instead of BEING the life of the party. As a mom, I often wonder if the job I'm doing raising my boys really matters. Even though I try to be the best I can be, I sometimes still reach evening and feel like a failure. Without God's grace in my life, I think I could often be completely overwhelmed by this monstrous task. And, from talking to my best friends, I don't think I'm the only mom that feels that way.
This summary from the publisher of Beth Moore's trade book, "A Heart Like his: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David." caught my attention.

We all go through times when we feel insignificant or times when we feel certain that we have experienced a degree of failure from which there is no return. This is not a reality we experience alone, but is one that a man after God’s heart experienced as well.

In “A Heart Like His,” Beth Moore looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. The book is an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served.

Bringing lessons from David’s life to bear on your own, this picture of a man who loved and followed God will help you to serve with a heart focused on Him no matter the circumstance.

David's story resonated with me and I was super excited to have the opportunity to review the book. I've done several of Beth Moore's studies in a woman's Bible study group that I attend. This book isn't a workbook like most I've read. It is a trade book that is broken into 9 sections. Each section opens with a Psalm and focuses on one part of David's life. I love how this book takes sections of the Bible that are out of order chronologically and puts them into context. It makes the Psalms make a lot more sense to me.
This book has been an encouragement to me even thought I haven't finished the entire book I began working dilligently to finish the entire book so I could write a thorough review. Then, I got a little selfish. I was LOVING the book and I wanted to slow down and soak in as much as I could. I will say that the sections I have studied have been mostly typical to Beth Moore's style. While she gives deep biblical lessons, they are also practical and often entertaining. I also noticed that she doesn't say "girlfriend" as much in this book. (If you've ever watched a Beth Moore video you know what I'm talking about. Her style has grown on me as a "northern girl". So much, in fact, that sometimes I feel like throwing the word "sweet thing" into my conversations. And I've done so many of her studies now, I sort of feel like her girlfriend anyway.) I think the more straightforward style of writing in this book would make it appeal more to men than other of her studies. 
But as I said before, we're celebrating moms this month so maybe you should just stick with giving this book to a mom or picking up a copy for yourself. I know you will be encouraged and challenged to raise your kids with a heart like his.  A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David is availabe today!

Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was provided.

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