Saturday, December 10, 2016

From Heaven

    BOOK REVIEW:  "We live between two mighty events....."   Advent is as much about looking back as it is looking ahead--back to Christ's incarnation, ahead to His return. FROM HEAVEN combines A. W. Tozer's best reflections on these two themes to help us better appreciate the season of Advent. Each daily reading is paired with Scripture for meditation, drawing our attention to the rising light of Christ.  "I am struck with the wonder and the significance of the limitless meaning of these two words, He came. Within them the whole scope of divine mercy and redeeming love is outlined." -Tozer

   MY REVIEW:  Just as ordering books online can result in getting a book that really isn't what you wanted, it can also result in getting a book that is so much nicer than you anticipated. Here I was waiting for an ordinary, paperback book, but instead, I got a beautiful hardcover one. It is small, just a bit bigger than a pocket-size, but simply beautiful. And a much richer shade of purple than looks on a screen.
   The dictionary definition of Advent is "a coming into place, view, or being, as the advent of the holiday season" or "the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in the commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world."   
   This book has 28 chapters, one for each day of Advent (as per the second definition)--that is the longest number of days, but double chapters can be read if there are fewer than 28. Each chapter is three-four pages long, and taken from Tozer's works. You can still sense Tozer's style, but it doesn't feel quite the same. If you have been wanting to read his books, but haven't because of his depth, this would, in my estimation, be a good book to begin with. The short chapters can be easily read, yet there is the same depth and perception as in Tozer's other books.
    I have never thought of the season of Advent before, but I like the idea of everyday purposely thinking of Christ's birth. It seems to make it all the more special when you have been dwelling on it. I only wish I had gotten this book a few weeks earlier. :)

            I received this book from MOODY PRESS in exchange for my honest review. 

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