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The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken Hardcover – March 6, 2011
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Naomi says that "a statistic is always different than a face," and this book gives flesh to some of the statistics associated with prostitution, poverty, suffering, and injustice. The stories are powerful, challenging, and transforming.
This is a page turning, soul stirring book. It is a great reminder that while pain and loss are not enjoyable, and often not explainable, in time they have the ability to draw us into a deeper, richer relationship with God and with those around us.
As I read through "The Scent of Water", I regularly found myself completely captivated by Zacharias' stories and then powerfully challenged at the close of each chapter with how stories tied together and truth was revealed.
If you have a heart for the work of justice, compassion and mercy worldwide, you need to read this book. If you're struggling with purpose, joy and the path your life is taking, you need to read this book. If you desire to learn profound biblical truth in the context of real-world stories, you need to read this book.
She tells the story of several women and the brokenness in their lives and how they are trying to get out of their brokenness and live new lives. At first glance you might feel this book could be depressing as you read about the horrid lives these young women have lived and the pits they end up in. But again, Zacharias has a way of bringing it full circle so you see them now and how God's mercy has shown down on them. Each woman's story recognizes God's grace and mercy and they all thank Him for it.
Towards the end of the book Zacharias says, "Life is about fighting through what is painful, what is downright wrong, for the sake of what is right." You may not have survived life in the red light district or had a husband that turned out to be a pimp but we all have pain in our past that has shaped who we are in our present and, more than likely, will shape our future. The question we must all ask ourselves is if we are going to let God use our past for His future or are we going to attempt to hide it from everyone and pretend it never happened never allowing it to be used for God's glory.
Thanks to Zondervan publishing for providing me a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.
This is an autobiography of Naomi Zacharias' life. She takes the reader through the incredible (and enviable) adventures that 99% of us will never go on. Providing opportunities for children to get liver transplants they will never get, visiting the Red Light district in Amsterdam armed with compassion and hope for the women enslaved there, undercover opps into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness, and much more. Through all of these circumstances she weaves us in and out her story.
Best line of the book:
"I remember the time of fearlessness fondly. But in truth, the naiveté of younger years should not be confused with courage. It is only courage when we know the cost of failure. It is only faith when there is the potential for doubt. And it can only be won when we have to fight for it. (p. 77)"
Here's the good stuff. Naomi is completely open and honest throughout the book. She is far from perfect, and she lets us know that early and often. Her life is one filled with adventure, chance and heartbreak. Her openness and honesty was refreshing and instructive. In the chapter "Wild Tresses" she lets us in on some hurtful relationships that were ruined by the monster called porn. As a man, she gives me the perspective that I cannot have on my own: that of a woman. That perspective of feeling betrayed, of feeling insufficient, of being less than what a "woman" ought to be; she saw her man falling for someone who had what she did not and would not ever have. The image of God in a woman is destroyed through porn, and she helps us see this from her own perspective.Read more ›
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Recommend this book to all of my friends and family. Beautifully written and quite moving.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful stories of compassion and how it changes lives.Published 4 months ago by Shelley McDaniel
Excellent writing. In a strange way the book gave me a lot of hope during some hard time.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
God works through our pain and brings about positive change. Find out the roots of Wellspring International in its efforts to save the less fortunate around the world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Linda L. Birge
It was an eye opener about what others have experienced, some of them making every effort to seek a better life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Diana
Powerfully written...I so appreciated her transparency and willingness to share the lessons and insights of her journey.Published 12 months ago by Jo Beth Loftis
Excellent book. Gives a great glimpse into the lives we can touch all around us. Inspirational to help spur us on in the kingdomPublished 18 months ago by sabres
I read this quite a while ago now but really eye opening to find out that the girls in Amsterdam aren't always there of their own volition. Read morePublished 22 months ago by loriell