For the purposes of transparency, the author is a friend of my wife and I was provided this book for free for review purposes.
The world is a stressful place, and it is easy to become consumed with worry, anxiety and fear. Doing so is very unhealthy, but thankfully also unnecessary. This book provides an effective antidote to the constant barrage of messages to be terrified and discouraged by what is going on in the world and what is just around the corner, by focusing on the unchanging rock on which our faith is built.
Nathan doesn’t do this with artful prose, ground-breaking insights or powerful rhetoric, but with simple reminders of biblical truths in a way that is accessible to new believers. For those of us who have been around the theological block a few times, you’ll most likely have heard these things before, but these basic principles that lead to a healthier mindset can be drowned out by the hectic pace of life, so reminding yourself of them can do no harm.
A bitter, last goodbye became the dawn of a new age When the Lord of Life burst out of death’s unyielding cage, Flung the gates of hell so wide they let in heaven’s light, Allowing all the souls trapped there to witness his true might,
Bend the knee and join him in His wondrous kingdom come, Transform into the holy throng they were made to become, Inviting all of us on Earth to live a whole new life Where hope is unavoidable and miracles are rife.
We can be sure of every promise he has ever made; His resurrection proved to all the price is really paid, The heaven he described is real, the power he offers, too, To be with us in every fight for what is good and true.
So courage, now, and boldness, to share His love and care, And take on every stronghold of the foul Prince of the Air, Including those within your heart, let Him purify And cleanse your soul so that in time you’ll never truly die.
Promises are easy to believe when things are going well, When every ear wants to hear the truths you’re offering to tell, When the crowds are cheering, and coming near from far and wide, Miracles abound and life comes back to those who died;
But when the mob turns violent and screams in rage at Christ your Lord, Mighty Rome is on their side and stands with endless gleaming swords, The one you thought would save you is scourged and beaten half to death, Those promises can easily seem like an empty shibboleth.
When He hangs there, maimed and spent, His lifeblood flowing from each tear, The jeering, leering audience fills your heart with more despair. Last week’s words of hope and life are lost amidst the awful sight, All thoughts have turned to how to hide and survive the coming night…
Promises are easy to believe when things are going well, Not when your world’s transforming into a seething, living hell; Amidst the chaos, turmoil and the terrifying noise, Remember what he promised in his calm and loving voice.