Thursday, September 29, 2016
Choose and Choose Again
In Choose and Choose Again, the reader will encounter story after story of different people, most of whom are from Hope Community Church of Detroit, where Pastor Butcher has been sharing the healing love of God for thirteen years. They represent men and women, African American, Caucasian, Latino, and Asian, urban and suburban, professional types and prostitutes, clergy and addicts, drunks and lawyers and convicts―wounded human beings who have found themselves empty, dying, and longing to be filled.
The stories are not only about their own healing and restoration but also about how the love of God heals. Butcher hopes that readers will find before them a path of healing that they feel compelled to embrace. He begins with his own story of emptiness and despair, and his journey to healing, but the ultimate power of his message is that this healing journey is for anyone who is willing to own his or her emptiness and hold one’s heart out to God, who is desperately longing to love each person all the way home.
My thoughts: Wow, I needed this book! It is a beautiful reminder of God's love for us and that we need to be living that love. I was so moved by the stories of people who had a rough childhood or adulthood (often both. It's so sad how a horrible childhood can leave people scarred and set the stage for adulthood. But, this book shows the power of God's love), but how they found God's love and how life changing that knowledge is.
It really hit home for me when he talks about seeing others with the love of God when we know we are secure in God's love.
I highly recommend this book, though parts of it are tough to read.
I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.