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Even This: Getting to the Place Where You Can Trust God With Anything Paperback – September 5, 2017
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About the Author
Emily Belle Freeman is a popular inspirational speaker. She co-authors a blog about putting faith into everyday acts. She is a wife and mother of four.
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When I was asked to review this I was excited. I have to admit when I got the book in the mail, I was a little sad because I thought it was going to be a self-help book. I don't like self-help books because they always feel like they are written for me and what I am doing wrong ;).
I am happy to say that this book did not feel like a self-help book at all. It was written by a wife and mother who has faced her own struggles in life and questions "Why" and "Where is God". We journey with this mother and the way she finds how to trust God, and his timing.
So many things in this book I feel were written just for me, but in a good way. I think that no matter what religion you are it is important to find a relationship with God. Whatever that may look like to you as an individual. Sharing the same religion as the author though it did add a little more insight to things I can do to increase my faith and trust in God.
This book is beautifully written, and never made me feel as though I was doing something wrong. Quite the opposite. It helped me to see that another person has gone through hard times in her life and has also questioned "why" things are happening. It helped me understand that God answers prayers on his own time, and not ours. It was just beautiful.
Source: I was given this book as part of a tour in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
So it was stories of struggle and faith, but not in any kind of teaching format. I felt like I was reading her journal. Sometimes it was really disjointed, just random thoughts and questions jotted down. It got to the point that I was skimming to find the point. I dove into this ready to soak it in, not to dig through the wanderings to piece together what she was trying to say and teach. The stories were all personal experiences, and I would get interested in the story and want to find out what happened, but the next chapter would be on to something different. Sometimes she would refer to it again later, but I felt like I left with unanswered questions for some of them. "Even this" was mentioned once in the first chapter, and I thought that would be a continuous theme, but it is never mentioned again.
I loved that she brought in lesser known Bible stories, many that I don't remember reading before that are wonderful.
At the end there are some personal study pages to learn more about the character of God, helping readers to learn of Him and personally answer the question, "Who do you need God to be?" I've been studying those, finding other scriptures to teach more, and for me it's been the most meaningful part of the book.
Overall, a nice book. It left me with some questions I need to ponder about, but I wish the promise of the title and synopsis would have been delivered.
I really enjoyed reading all of her personal experiences. I learned a lot myself from those experiences. Things that will help me with what I am already dealing with in my daily life and things that will help me with life to come.
This book has 4 main sections. They are all amazing! The sections are Believing He Can, Trusting He Will and Understanding Why Sometimes He Doesn't and then there's a journal section where you can write down what you learn as you read it and beyond, as you learn more and more.
This book is not one that you'll read just one time. This is one of those that you can read over and over and learn more and more from each time you read it. I'm looking forward to all I can learn from it as I read it again and again.
As another reviewer commented, in some ways this felt like reading Emily Belle Freeman's journal. There's not a beginning or end, and some of the stories she shares seem more complete than others. That aspect of the writing sometimes felt disjointed. However, the insights she shared about what she learned made a lot of sense and really resonated with me. There were things she talked about--like keeping God as arm's length--that I definitely do and want to figure out how to stop doing. So, the writing sometimes didn't flow the way I wanted it to (I want a beginning and end to every story), but the messages and insights and lessons learned from life and from stories in the scriptures were very helpful, as is the appendix, which contains journal pages and prompts to help you think about Who God is.
I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.