Sometimes the world inside my head gets too intense. I contemplate the foster care system and how souls can stand for their faith until death and why God created an untouchable tree anyway. Why I’m drinking fancy coffee when others are craving a morsel of anything. Why my kids bicker over who is in whose minecraft world while the real world spins on and on. What the final straw will be that breaks our light-weight, self-centered Christianity free from itself.
And so on.
I got this book in the mail, The Beauty of Grace by Dawn Camp, as part of a blogging program in which I get books to read for free provided I review them here. I unwrapped the book and laid it by the other two books I was reading – one on God’s mission to reach the nations and another on mercy and justice in Scripture.
And, somehow, the daisies on the cover just left me thinking it may just not be my type of book at all. So I let it sit. And sit.
Then, one day, I picked up the book. I was tired that day. My mind couldn’t handle any more weighty talk about injustice and intolerance. I opened up to a chapter called “My Poverty (and Yours)” by Edie Wadsworth and, unexpectedly, I saw my heart in her words. I was intrigued. Then I found another beautiful testimony of God’s faithfulness in the midst of fear by Melanie Shankle, “Where Feet May Fail.”
And then – a poem that I read once, then twice, because it made me nod with deep understanding. It’s called “Jesus and the Barefoot man” by Elizabeth W. Marshall-
The more I thought
And wondered and took myself down to the deep soul places
I had to dream and cry out to myself
Come Lord Jesus and teach us
Now, how to love all the barefooted souls
Who sit among the mink and pearls.”
Oh, I have gone with Elizabeth “down to the deep soul places” and I have cried out, time and time again – Jesus? How to love all the barefooted souls / Who sit among the mink and pearls?
What I found here is a quiet book filled with hope and encouragement about God’s love. Editor and photographer, Dawn Camp has compiled a heart-warming collection of love-filled, beautiful words from over 40 women. The chapters are gentle, easy to read, and perfect for a slow moment or two with a cup of coffee. They are simple yet profound. Each chapter is written by different authors on a variety of themes, including: Purpose, The Big Picture, Surrender, Trust, Lessons Learned, Hope and Encouragement.
And so, the book may not be steeped heavy in poverty statistics or dialog about racial tension or some Biblical exegesis, but it does have heart. It has real. It is warm and rich, like a conversation with a trusted friend in a coffee shop corner booth. It’s a break from the intensity of life.
It’s blessed me.
And, it’s beautiful – just like the daisies on the front cover.
About the book: Published by Revell in January 2015. 208 pages. Hardcover. Official site.
About the author: Dawn Camp is a camera-toting, homeschooling mother of eight children. She writes for DaySpring’s (in)courage website, where her beautiful photography previously graced their monthly calendar and currently decorates the desktops of women around the world. Dawn blogs at MyHomeSweetHomeOnline.net and is a featured photographer on Adobe’s website for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software. She lives with her family in metro Atlanta.
I received a free copy of “The Beauty of Grace” from Revell in exchange for a review. The thoughts and opinions expresses here are my own.
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