With inspiring stories and thought-provoking questions, Ravi Zacharias traces the multiple threads of our lives, describing how the unseen hand of God guides our joys, our tragedies, and our daily humdrum experiences to weave a pattern of divine providence and meaning.
- Well written, well read, and used some for sermons
Ravi writes and speaks well. I was intrigued the whole time and appreciated that he read his own book. I used three things from this book for sermon illustrations. I highly enoyed it and reccommend it for anyone who considers their self a thinker and a good listener.
- Every Christian needs to add this book to their library
I loved this book. Zacharias addresses the philosophical issues of evil and suffering from a pastoral perspective, bringing intellectual and emotional comfort to the listener. If you are struggling to make sense of suffering in your life in the context of an all-loving and all-powerful God, or know someone who is, you cannot not get this book.
If you'd like to see my full chapter-by-chapter review of it, go here: http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/book-review-grand-weaver.html
- A Great Source of Encouragement for Those Suffering
Zacharias introduces The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives by preparing an analogy. He takes the reader on a descriptive journey to a place in India where saris are made. These large masterpieces are woven thread-by-thread, line-by-line in a pain-staking process. These can take weeks and even months to complete. The entire time, the weaver has a single design in his mind that he wishes to create. Every weave that he does, though individually they may seem insignificant, contribute to the whole. Over time, the design takes shape and becomes more evident. As the title of the book indicates, Zacharias wishes to use the weaving of a magnificent sari to illustrate God's design and purposes for what He has chosen to and allows to take place in our lives.
The book is fantastic and uplifting. It has much value for the Christian as it addresses the emotional problem of evil head-on. Zacharias does not just address the issue from a disconnected distance, he brings the reader into his own life and demonstrates his points from his own experiences. The book is not written at an academic level that is beyond what the lay person can understand, but it does challenge them as it brings them comfort. The book flows very smoothly and is easy to read, yet difficult to put down.
The apologist should have several copies of this book in their library- one for their own consumption (in their personal life and in their defense of Christianity) and the others to give to those who are struggling with painful events in life- whether believer or not. For the believer, Zacharias provides a biblical perspective that may not be immediately clear to those experiencing pain. For the skeptic, Zacharias explains how Christianity brings meaning and life to their pain and suffering.
Finally, this book is highly recommended for pastors. Pastors, in their roles as teachers and counselors (especially), are depended upon to help people struggle through and overcome difficulties in their lives- people are not just searching for solutions to the painful events but purpose for those painful events. In The Grand Weaver, Zacharias brings to light much that scripture has to say about God's sovereignty and purpose for what happens in our lives- both good and bad. Not only can this help a person triumph through the crisis, but also stand against doubts about the goodness or existence of God from personal life experiences.
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- Must Read Book!
This is a must read book. I listened to the audio version of it over this past weekend and loved every part of it. "Even though many things that happen in life seem random, God has a plan for you!"