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Steadfast Love

The Response of God to the Cries of Our Heart

Author Lauren Chandler
Narrator Lauren Chandler
Runtime 5.40 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date January 18, 2016
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"Sometimes He wrings the worship from our hearts."

There are times when worship overflows easily and effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. Yet, there are other times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing left to offer. We are tired, or thirsty, or imprisoned in our own chains through our own devices, or caught in the waves of a tumultuous sea. This is when God shows us His steadfast love.

He wraps His eternally powerful, ultimately creative, nail-scarred hands around our hearts and squeezes with appropriate might—yielding an honest plea for Him to save us and deliver us from our circumstances, fears, and self control. And He does. He initiates with His steadfast love, and responds with the same.

Walk with Lauren as she shares what she has learned of the steadfast love of the Lord.
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"Sometimes He wrings the worship from our hearts."

There are times when worship overflows easily and effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. Yet, there are other times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing left to offer. We are tired, or thirsty, or imprisoned in our own chains through our own devices, or caught in the waves of a tumultuous sea. This is when God shows us His steadfast love.

He wraps His eternally powerful, ultimately creative, nail-scarred hands around our hearts and squeezes with appropriate might—yielding an honest plea for Him to save us and deliver us from our circumstances, fears, and self control. And He does. He initiates with His steadfast love, and responds with the same.

Walk with Lauren as she shares what she has learned of the steadfast love of the Lord.

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Excellent read!
Great gospel centered teaching and encouragement to realign the heart.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/25/2017)
Great book for the stormy seasons of life.
Lauren Chandler has such a beautiful way of telling a story while teaching you the main point is Jesus every time. I greatly enjoyed this book from Lauren Chandler. She was vulnerable and honest about her personal struggles and growth. She is open about the storms that have completely swept through her life at many different times without coming across as whiney or complaining. And she perfectly points the reader/listener to Christ and his Steadfast Love.
If you are in a season of storms or fire, I highly recommend this book. And even if you aren't currently, I still highly recommend this book. It is such a wonderful picture of faith, trust and love.
The author is also the narrator in this audio version which adds a deeper level of openness in the telling of her story and experiences.

*I received a copy of this audio recording from christianaudio.com for my honest review of this book.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/16/2016)
Get to know the steadfast love of God
I love reading books written by artists, whether that artist is a graphic designer, a comedian, or in the case of Lauren Chandler, a singer/songwriter. I got a chance to read Chandler’s debut book, Steadfast Love: The Response of God to the Cries of Our Heart. Usually the writing of an artist is more visual; more lyrical. If the writing is theological, there is often a more concerted effort for the reader’s heart, and not just the head. All artists want the heart, but not all authors seem as concerned with this. Well, like a good artist, Chandler goes for the heart, and for the most part, she succeeds.

The basis of Steadfast Love is an extended meditation on Psalm 107, a song focusing on the steadfast love of God. There is plenty of rich material for Chandler to mine in the 43 verses of this Psalm, and she weaves her own stories of heartbreak and triumph throughout. She wears her heart on her sleeve and she writes with brutal honesty; I felt like I was getting to know Lauren Chandler well as I read. Chandler has plenty to say to the burdened and lost among us, and she consistently steers all theological musings back to the person of Jesus. Not satisfied with having us get to know her, there is palpable sense that she wants us to know Jesus Christ, the person. He is her hope and she wants him to be ours, as well.

After an incredibly strong foreword by Ann Voskamp—truly, a tour-de-force of prose that perhaps sets the bar a little too high for the rest of the book—Chandler starts in with some engaging exposition of the opening of Psalm 107. The middle of the book is moments of brilliance broken up with long stretches that I had trouble staying engaged with. It’s hard to put my finger on why. Chandler seems to be writing primarily to women, so maybe a connection is missing there. However, near the end of the book when she begins to describe her husband Matt’s battle with brain cancer, I was completely engaged. Her account is filled with raw, trembling beauty.

I am grateful that Lauren Chandler chose to narrate the audiobook version herself. Her voice reading her own words gives them a power they wouldn’t otherwise have. She does a great job on the narration.

I can imagine this book being a light in the darkness for one who is struggling with the idea of the goodness of God amidst the pain of life. Like Chandler herself says, Psalm 107 reminds us that “sometimes God wrings the worship from our hearts.” A beautiful phrase that nicely captures the message of this book. Read and enjoy as you get to know both Lauren, and the steadfast love of God better.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 4/1/2016)
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