Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Stranger's Gift

A Stranger's Gift written by Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tom Hallman, Jr. is a book about faith.
When I received this book in the mail, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would this book deepen my faith or would this be another book on the shelf? I wasn't sure, but I have discovered this book is extraordinary. 

Tom Hallman has written a book that will engage you from the very beginning and will lead you to the finish line.  He utilizes everyday people with their stories of doubt, uncertainty  and insecurity to help the reader engage in the book. This book provides the reader relief in knowing he or she is not alone in their own doubts. This book allows the reader to feel human about their feelings of  doubts and dis-belief.  So often the church preaches that we must have faith in all circumstances, which is true, but sometimes when are walking through the valleys, we don't have the faith to sustain us. We do have doubts, we do have uncertainty! We're human! We're fallen! We are going to question things.. 

A Stranger's Gift 

What I love is that I don't feel judged by this book, but rather understood for my doubts and uncertainty. Instead of being shameful, we must realize as believers and humans, we're on a journey. We struggle, especially when dealt with difficult circumstances. I know on a personal level, I struggle and have doubts. This book made me aware that when it comes to faith we move forward and the two steps backward. Some times God answers are different than what we expect or think. Doubt happens! Overall, I come away from this book being understood as a human and understanding why others have doubt too. This book also propels to have a deeper faith  and trust in God. 

 I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

1 comment:

Diane said...

I had not heard of this book. thanks for your thoughts and the review. :O)