This book was given to me after the diving death of my oldest brother. The pictures were too beautiful for me to even look at in the beginning, but after a few weeks I became brave enough to leaf through it an actually read it. It gave me a wonderful feeling of peace and calm. I recommend it for anyone who needs a break from stress, or to help them focus on God's second book...nature.
Dr. Reeve has opened a spiritual window of God's love to respond to the very difficult questions of faith - "Why do bad, traumatic things happen to us?" She uses examples of the rain forest, an avalanche, and a volcano to show that God's "end is not death. It is always life."
I am a novice photographer, and my husband is an artist. We have found that in our travels we are drawn to finding objects not of such profound beauty that most can see, but look for "life" in those places most pass over. I did not understand this drive, but I do now. Through death - life reigns. It is God's promise. Finding the beauty of life amongst death, decay, and devastation offers us Hope for eternal life of "beauty, gladness and praise."
The photography in this small book is outstanding. Coupled with a thoughtful text, it makes an excellent gift book for those suffering the loss of a loved one, change in life/job situation, and much more.
Almost twenty years ago a fellow pastor gave me a dozen or so copies of Pamela Reeve's excellent little book, "Parables of the Forest." In the years following I have carefully rationed my hoard; not handing them out in bulk or at every funeral, but here and there, selectively, when the grief seemed to hit one of God's redeemed children the hardest. The post-reading response has always been profoundly gratifying. God has spoken clearly and powerfully through this book to those who were shaken to their core by death, renewing them to faith and hope. I have only four left. Sunday I will part with another one and pray that our gracious Redeemer will once again do His healing work in a shredded heart.
A good friend gave me a copy when one of my sons died tweny years ago. I have referred to it often and have given it to friends.. This book would be appropriate for someone grieving the loss of a loved one, financial catastrophy, divorce, etc. It is probably one of the best I have ever read!
This is a wonderful, beautiful book that I have kept for years. I turn to it in times of loss, or grief. It reminds me that God is the God of resurrection and He brings Life out of death, always. Great Gift
This book has ministered to me so much that I bought a stack in the 90s and carefully gifted them to people who needed encouragement to the point that I didn't have a copy of my own! I then went to order another one, and found it was out of print!!! I am so glad to have found a used copy on Amazon! Parables of the Forest is a testament to Pamela Reeves life and wisdom. I have known those who were students when she was dean of students at Multnomah University, and they have thought her to be a godly, insightful woman with much integrity. I think most of us would relate to the trials and triumphs of Reeves' life written about in this booklet- most often relating to change and loss.The beauty of the photographs display the power of a creator who loves us, and has more in store for us as long as we are on this earth. I have given to people who have just lost a loved one, are struggling with life threatening illness, are grieving the reality of never getting married or are in a difficult marriage, and to those who are entering the empty nest season, and to aging parents who feel they are losing even life itself. I tell people I give it to to sit and read it in one sitting...which takes only 15-20 minutes. It doesn't fail to lift spirits...
Pamela Reeve is taking on Jesus' Character in teaching by parables. Life out of death. Its the parable of the rain forest. It is His way! In exchange for Asher... Beauty... Gladness... & Praise... What a blessing, Jesus' Blessings and Peace