Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Grumble Hallelujah by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira was written as a book that examines the art of how to praise God through the bad things in our life. She walks the reader through the steps one has to take before they can fully (and truthfully) be praising God not in spite of the bad, but because of it. She uses Biblical references that shine a whole new light on that person and passage of Scripture. She is also blatantly honest about the struggles in her own life and how God has worked in her personally to allow her to praise Him through her circumstance. The book is divided into five parts, with three separate chapters in each. At the end of every chapter is a "Grumble Hallelujah" prayer and some reflection/discussion questions.
This book is a great read, and I am most likely going to recommend it to my women's Bible Study group. God has given Caryn some fascinating insight into the Bible and what God intends for our lives when it comes to grief and healing. Every chapter gave me a new "aha" moment and encouraged me. Verses from the Bible that I had never given a second thought (Habakkuk 3:17-18) are now ones I want to run and look up and highlight and underline and learn by heart. She has a fantastic way of writing and relating to the reader. I love her humor, her hallelujah prayers and, especially, her honesty. I also love the asterisk footnotes and parentheses and dashes and italics. This is a fun, real, geniune book and totally worth owning.
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