- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Malcolm Down (October 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910786861
- ISBN-13: 978-1910786864
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Those Who Wait: Finding God in disappointment, doubt and delay Paperback – October 20, 2017
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Formerly a lecturer in biblical theology, Tanya Marlow is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. She is the author of Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty (2015) and a contributor to Soul Bare (IVP, 2016). You can find her in a vicarage in Devon, England via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, tanyamarlow.com.
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After reading this book I contacted my small group and a church I attend and told them, "You must use this book and I am willing to lead a study." That is how strongly I believe that this book will be of value. When I shared in my small group in our next meeting the four primary studies and the questions they ask, people audibly responded to the topics:
*Sarah—dealing with disappointment, waiting for joy
*Isaiah—dealing with delay, waiting for justice and peace
*John the Baptist—Dealing with doubt, waiting for your life's purpose
Mary—dealing with disgrace, waiting for Jesus
I bet one of these speaks to you right where you are today in your life. Buy the book, thank God for Tanya writing it later.
Those Who Wait portrays the stories of four familiar Bible characters who are asked by God to wait for Him in various ways: Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary the mother of Jesus—and through their eyes, it explores the questions they ask of themselves and of God. It makes these characters, along with their settings, far more three-dimensional than we usually envision. As someone who has also waited on God for an extended period of time, I recognized myself in them as well as the voice of God upon Whom I—and we all—wait.
I believe the Christian church, certainly in the US, needs more works like this. God often speaks through stories, through imagery, through people rather than lists of things we should do. (And isn’t that the mind-boggling purpose and privilege of our faith? A relationship with the Creator of the universe, who came to be with us?) Refreshingly real (as always), Tanya brought me to tears more than once. Perfect for personal or group study, I am looking forward to reading it again for my own Advent journey. Check out the Table of Contents (pp. 6-8), which gives a birds’-eye-view into format, including notes and Bible studies.
Who needs it? Everyone does at some point in their lives. I'm just glad that the timing was right for me as this book was released. It made old stories come to life. I particularly liked the imaginings for John the Baptist and Sarah. I often forget these stories involve real people, real hearts, real lives. For that reminder, Tanya, I thank you.
I read the first chapters quickly; they felt like a historical novel. It was a quick read, and I thought, “That was a fun book!” and then I discovered the last chapters. Tanya has given us a lot of research about the culture that each character lived in, and scripture references to really study what the Bible says about them.
I enjoyed this book because it made me really think about what each person experienced–not just their small part in a big story, but their individual journey of faith. It also made me think about whether the imaginative chapters fit my understanding of scripture. (For the most part, yes, they did.) The story of John the Baptist was especially touching, and the Author ended his story with such a sense of victory. It was beautiful!
This is a valuable book for anyone teaching these stories during the Advent and Christmas seasons. It’s also a great book to read on your own, slowly, at home. I will be re-reading it this Advent season, and I know my classes at church will be hearing about it.