"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.
- 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.
- 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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Narrator Thoughts: I'm a huge fan of author read books. This one was so nice. Lauren has a lovely voice. It blended perfectly with the message of this book to provide a soothing read.
Book Thoughts: Once again God knew what I needed to hear. This book highlights Psalm 107 and the Amazing Love of God. He has saved us and redeemed our lives.
Still we put our trust in false anchors that won't hold. So many times, He loving places thorns in our path. This is to show us the folly of our ways. This is to draw us back to Him. To expose the real motives of our hearts. To free us from the false anchors we've put our trust in.
Lauren expresses this so beautifully in Steadfast Love. I was encouraged and challenged by this book. It touched on some places that God and I need to work on.
Here's one of my favorite quotes. The hard labor will force us to look at the chains that are on our hearts, if we would be willing to see.
More than anything, in reading this book I was reminded of the amazing love of God. He cares for us no matter where we are. Ultimately He is our love and our redeemer.
I highly recommend this book.
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- A Gospel-Saturated Look into the Love of God
Lauren Chandler’s book Steadfast Love is a gospel-saturated, God-glorifying, and Christ-centered look into the awesome yet mysterious love of God, especially in tough times. Playing on the analogy of a storm, the author weaves together personal stories of trauma and struggle in the Christian life with the faithfulness of God’s love. This is an ideal book for new believers or those who are struggling to reconcile a loving God with an unloving world. It is not necessarily an answer to the famous question, “Where is God when it hurts?,” but rather a monologue from one person to another on the joys and hurts of God’s love. Lauren Chandler shares her own struggles in the Christian life, including the terror her husband’s brain tumor, and how God was and is faithful through it all. The book reads much like a sermon in that the author uses common linguistic phrases as one would hear in a coffeeshop conversation. Lauren Chandler also reads the audiobook version of this book, which adds to the overall conversational feel to the book. I received this audiobook free from christianaudio for being part of a reviewing program and was not obligated to write a positive review. For more information, visit www.christianaudio.com.
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