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The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives Paperback – July 10, 2010
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That's the purpose of this book: to keep us moving from a threadbare existence to a tapestry that reflects the beauty and glory of God. Zacharias assures that this is God's ultimate end. "We will be `re-created,' and all the threads of our earthly life will come together for the design that we will experience in heaven. Every tribe, every language, every moment, every pain, every sorrow will come together in the consummate pattern of God's design."
In each chapter Zacharias unravels specific threads vital to every Christian: uniqueness, disappointments, calling, morality, spirituality, will, worship and destiny. Regardless of the topic, the theme remains the same: "seeing the designing hand of God and his intervention in our lives in such a way that we know he has a specific purpose for each of us and that he will carry us through until we meet him face-to-face and know ourselves completely."
But he asks, "How can you see the divine intersection of all that shapes and marks your existence, whether it be the heart-wrenching tragedies that wound you or the ecstasy of a great delight that brings laughter to your soul? How can you meet God in all your appointments and your disappointments? How can you recognize that he has a purpose, even when all around seems senseless, if not hopeless?Read more ›
He still employs his powerful story-telling gift, he still pulls in quotes and insights from his wide breathe of knowledge, and he doesn't sacrifice intellectual honesty for improved readability. But there's a tenderness and a gentleness to it all . . . and insights and encouragements abound.
It's a delightful follow-up to his deeply personal memoir, "Walking from East to West: God in the Shadows." Whatever your stage of life--whether it's re-examining your "DNA," finding value in your disappointments, deciphering your calling, or considering your morality--Ravi has a word for you. You'd do well to listen.
He writes an enlightening segment on distractions, noting..."The bane of our lives is getting sidetracked into secondary pursuits." An antidote to this is to capture specificity by writing down your purpose. That way activites can be ascertained as to their validity.
God's Word indicates that He wants us to know His will. Dr. Zacharais drives this point home in discussing the two-way nature of prayer. He goes on to talk about the fallacy of busyness in superficial "worship" as contrasted with heartfelt worship.
Chapter 5 deals with three phoney types of spirituality, traditionalism, legalism, and superstitution. Each is addressed in a clear way from the perspective of Jesus. The whole book is an extremely valuable tool for helping you to live the well-reflected life that leads to living abundantly and on target.
Being an extensive traveler who is knowledgeable on all the world's major religions, the author authoritative defends his reasons for believing the claims of Jesus Christ. The myth of "all religions basically teaching the same thing" is eloquently refuted. After reading that section of the book you realize anyone who makes such a statment is ignorant. This is a very inspiring contribution to the life of any inquiring reader.
Reading the book has illuminated many situations that in the past I had considered happenstance. In reflection, I now realize these happenings were not per chance, but carefully woven by the Grand Weaver, designed with purpose to mold me into the character of His son, Jesus Christ.
Were all of these experiences pleasant? No, they were not; however, several things ring true: I never had to face them alone, and they shaped who I've become and will continue to be.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who searches for answers and meaning in their lives.
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I accidentally bought two of these and so I gave one to my daughter who was struggling
with God's direction in her life. Read more
Great thought provoking book on the role of Jesus Christ in your life. Mr Zacharias has the unique gift of teaching Scripture that breaks down difficult concepts into readily... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Merrick
Life has a way of taking us in directions that we were not planning on going. Ravi helps us make sense of God's plans and purposes in this book where the world has no answers.Published 2 months ago by MBreshears
I listen to Ravi's teaching almost daily, and enjoy his ministry. This is the first book of his that I've read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denver Conway
I just finished this book by Ravi and, like his other books, I found this one challenged and inspired me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald L. Dixon
An amasing book on understanding how God weaves our lives with threads that we sometimes do not even know about or often cannot understand. A must!Published 3 months ago by Erna Foure