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'Ravi Zacharias never met a question he didn't like. Here he explores life's deepest questions in a tapestry that is personal, winsome, and clear.' -- John Ortberg, Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church <br><br> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How differently would we live if we believed that every dimension of our lives---from the happy to the tragic to the mundane---were part of a beautiful and purposeful design in which no thread were wrongly woven? That's what best-selling author and internationally-known apologist, Ravi Zacharias, explores in The Grand Weaver. As Christians, we believe that great events such as a death or a birth are guided by the hand of God. Yet we drift into feeling that our daily lives are the product of our own efforts. This book brims with penetrating stories and insights that show us otherwise. From a chance encounter in a ticket line to a beloved father's final word before dying, from a random phone call to a line in a Scripture reading, every detail of life is woven into its perfect place. In The Grand Weaver, Dr. Zacharias examines our backgrounds, our disappointments, our triumphs, and our beliefs, and explains how they are all part of the intentional and perfect work of the Grand Weaver. Also available: unabridged audio CD.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 edition (July 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310324955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310324959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Dalton VINE VOICE on August 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Imagine each area of your life as a thread that God uses to fulfill the design he has in mind for you. "His design for your life pulls together every thread of your existence into a magnificent work of art. Every thread matters and has a specific purpose." Zacharias goes on to remind us that "God holds the threads; you hold the shuttle. Move it at God's behest, and watch the making of something spectacular."

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?
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This is Ravi Zacharias as you've never read him before. More approachable, more practical, and - potentially - more life-impacting. Never one to leave the mind unchallenged in his writing and teaching, Ravi also touches your heart in this wonderful book.

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.
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This book seemed a bit different from some of Ravi's others - more personal somehow. I appreciated his anecdotes, and how he based his words on Scripture. You come away encouraged, but also challenged to look for God's work in your life. Buy it!!
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Dr. Zacharias starts and ends this book with the death bed experience. It's an inevitable event no one can avoid. Everyone will die. Preparing for it is only logical. In "The Grand Weaver," Dr. Zacharias reminds Christians that all things come together colletively for a specific purpose, i.e., God's glory. As a mature teacher, he points out that frequently one cannot process an experience until after the fact--sometimes quite a long time after the fact. Some incidents might not make sense at all in this lifetime. On the other side, however..."Everything I experience and feel before I arrive at that heavenly home amounts to mere analogy."

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.
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We all wonder why certain things occur in our lives, particularly if we believe in God. Ravi has a wonderful way of getting our minds to think beyond human reasoning and look into the spiritual realm of what God intends for us--through prosperity and adversity.

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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