This may be one of the most personally rewarding books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing!When Jesus Answers: Returning to the Healing Mercies of God's Presence by Loren Loving
Published by Boyle & Dalton on January 19, 2018
Genres: Christian Non-fiction
Source: the author
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God’s voice is the essential secret to healing and happiness. It is the answer to our every dilemma and despair.
When Jesus Answers will open your heart to hear God speak His words of truth and love so that you can truly live the life you were created to live—within the intimate embrace of His presence. With an engaging collection of personal testimony, Biblical scripture, allegory and powerful songs of hope, Loren Loving clears the path back to our faithful, and most gracious Heavenly Father.
We all need the great news of a Messiah who heals our brokenness and frees us from our bondage. In Him alone we find healing, transformation, and the refuge of eternal peace and love.
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My Thoughts on When Jesus Answers:
The very first story Loren Loving shares in When Jesus Answers had me in tears. My husband and I began reading the book together while we processed the pain of my youngest daughter choosing to move to her dad’s, and the pain of our first foster placement leaving around the same time. Dealing with our own pain and reading Loving’s words was incredibly moving and touched my heart deeply.
By the end of the second chapter, my husband and I were both already recommending When Jesus Answers to almost everyone we talked to. We wanted to share our experience we were having reading and singing our way through the book because it was so encouraging and uplifting for us!
The most unique quality of this book is the way it uses music to connect heart and mind on the healing journey. To be honest, at first, I found it rather odd that as you read through the chapters you come across song suggestions to listen to and sing with. It didn’t take me long though to start looking forward to the next song.
Please know that the journey you are on must include music. You will miss the point, purpose, and effectiveness of this book if you do not also follow its musical path. God said we are to enter into His Presence, fight every battle, and communicate to others with songs about Him.
I only have one real complaint about the book. Most of the songs recommended in the book are supposed to be found on YouTube, where you can pull up the lyrics and sing along. Unfortunately, there were a couple songs we had a hard time finding and it kinda pulled us out of the headspace we were in while reading.
I would recommend this book for anyone trying to make sense of a painful time in their life, or who might be struggling to see God through all their pain. I’d also recommend it for anyone who’s already made it through to the other side… so I guess I’d really recommend it for anyone!