Tree Down

Fallen-tree-in-Arizona“A tree is best measured when it’s down.”
~ an old Woodsman’s Proverb, Chapter 20

I was excited when I found out that I was chosen as a Goodreads First Reads winner for the book Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith written by Charles R. Swindoll. I remember sitting by the radio as a teenager captivated by Swindoll’s creative storytelling and message mastery. As I read the book and followed it’s opulent outline on Abraham and his courageous faith, I could hear the author speak forth its truths as thought it was yesteryear. Although I do not agree with everything within its pages, I appreciated much of the message and encouraged by most of the content of the book.

There are so many lessons that can be learned from Abraham’s life and we are challenged from the very beginning to embrace the good as well as learn from his mistakes. His faith was immense: “Abram had to leave behind everything he relied on for safety and provision — homeland and relatives — and trust that God would honor his commitment.”

Patience and trust are key lessons learned from the book: “Do you wait for the Lord to move” OR “do you embrace the adage that ‘God helps those who help themselves?’” We must remember that God is “never accidentally late.” Dr. Swindoll encourages us to follow Abram’s example and not “wait for all the details to be worked out” before following Christ fully. Many things could have shaken his commitment, but Abraham did not waiver.

Thank you Tyndale & Goodreads for the opportunity to read and offer my review.

chuck-swindollCHUCK SWINDOLL
Chuck’s prolific writing ministry has blessed the body of Christ for over 30 years. Beginning with You and Your Child in 1977, Chuck has contributed more than 70 titles to a worldwide reading audience.



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