How I came to read this book:
I was given the opportunity to participate in the Waterbrook Press Blog Tour for this book – to coincide with the book’s release. I receive a variety of these offers, and when I read the description of the book, it sounded really good. You can never tell for sure whether a book is going to live up to it’s summary, but this one did.
Summary (from Waterbrook Press):
C.D. Baker dips into the flowing stream of God’s love and draws out relief, refreshment, mercy, hope and sustenance for a new generation of Christ-followers. Baker’s clean, simple prose is paired with evocative, black and white photographs that will etch each truth into the reader’s memory.
What I didn’t expect was a journey into my soul. I know that sounds dramatic, but this book…it could have been written about me. All of my struggles with legalism, pride, frustration, anger. It’s all in here. And it’s ok. I’m ok. I’m not crazy, and I’m not alone.
If you are a Christian who struggles with the exhaustion of perfectionism and find yourself inexplicably angry with God – especially when you’ve been working so hard to please Him…well…this book is for you.
- Content: 10
- Writing Style: 10
- Re-readability: 10
- Busy Mommy Scale: 10
Each page is a self-contained topic. There are 101 separate small and powerful points. Just a few pages in, I was so strongly impacted by one entry that I decided to fold the corner (*gasp*) to mark it for later review. The further I got in, I realized that more pages were folded than not, so I stopped. It was that good.
This has been SO easy to read. Not because it’s simple, but because it’s personal. Mr. Baker writes with such soul-baring honesty that it disarmed me. I just could not stop reading. Over the past week or two, it has become the book that I carry around everywhere to sneak a page or two in when I am able.
I plan to re-read this book right away. It will be a permanent member of my personal collection and will probably become one of my “every couple of years” books.
Busy Mommy Scale
Can’t beat it. Each page contains only a few short paragraphs, and is self contained. It could very easily make it as a devotional book.
And for your listening pleasure, here is an excerpt of the author reading the first “cup” – A Cup of Grace:
ETA: Here are two other blogs that review this book. There are many blogs in the blog tour, but these two had personal reviews in addition to the listing. Enjoy!