Wednesday, June 13, 2012
My hair & God's mercies... new every morning by Yvette Maher - I received this book as a review copy from Tyndale House Publishers. This book was very easy to read and well written. Yvette uses the trials in her life as a stepping stone for teaching how to live a better life with Christ in control. As a teen, she went thru her father spending less and less time with the family and then eventually divorcing her mother. She sought her father's love and when he wasn't around, she sought love in other places. She ended up pregnant searching for love and it led her to have an abortion, a decision she regretted even before she became a Christian (not that non-Christians don't regret it). She partied hard and did drugs and was very promiscuous. She found love again and once again ended up pregnant. This time she chose to keep her baby and the baby's father decided to marry her, knowing that they had a lot of work to do in their relationship. Shortly after she married, she was blessed with twin daughters, and this in spite of her having had an appointment earlier to have an abortion and then backing out of it! Eventually, they moved to Ky and closer to her home and this is where her life really made a change. Her next door neighbor was a Christian and they often walked their kids together. Little did Yvette know, her neighbor and others were praying for her salvation. One weekend, she left the kids with her husband to go to her high school reunion and while there, realized everyone was busy getting smashed while she just wanted to show pictures of her kids off. She left the reunion early and sat in her car thinking about the friends at the reunion getting smashed and then of her neighbor who was a Christian and decided she wanted what her neighbor had and prayed to God. She made a deal that she would live His way for a year if He would show her that His way was better for her than her way - a year was up a long time again. Over the course of time, her husband became a Christian as well. They went thru many ups and downs in their relationship and even had a time where they talked of seperation or divorce but they fought for their relationship and sought help and prayed without ceasing and eventually were able to grow even closer and fix things. You'll have to read the book to learn more about their fight for their relationship and what all they went thru, it is a good example of how to deal with issues biblically. I had just 1 issue with the author and plan to do a blog post about why - I disagree with the fact that she is a pastor as I believe this is not biblical. Otherwise, I recommend this book for everyone who feels they can't escape their situation and that God can't possibly love them or bless their life. He does love us (yes, even non-christians)and provides for His children.