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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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Wonderful message, beautifully written. The sustained metaphor of God as "the grand weaver" is not just informative, it's poetic and lyrical. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Carlene
Excellent book and recommend it highly to everyone wanting know more about their with the Lord. Ravi is an excellent biblical teacher and writer.Published 7 days ago by tom raleigh
This book is one of my favorite books. If anyone is interested with knowing God's plan in their lives, that person should read this book.Published 16 days ago by Roberto
Wonderful book! Exceptionally gifted author! Don't miss it!Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great concept. Full of supporting thoughts and stories. Have used at church to reinforce concepts.Published 22 days ago by Dave t
Good stuff. Zacharias has a way of saying things and explaining things that make creation fathomable, and the Christian faith rational.Published 23 days ago by David
Ravi has a way of explaining things so that almost anyone can understand. A real blessing.!Published 24 days ago by R. H. Schartz