Harvest House Publishers
“In the world you will have tribulation….” (John 16:33) Whether it’s a lost job, a broken marriage, or a recently departed loved one, we have all had times when we felt that this verse described our lives perfectly. The more time we spend on this earth, the louder we each ask, “What does this all mean? Where’s hope?” In her new book, Walking with the God Who Cares, Catherine Martin answers our questions.
The book is structured in a 30-day format. Each week has a different theme about hope, and every day has a key verse, a lesson, and a response section with questions for the reader. Before moving on to a new week, a “Quiet Time” section uses scriptures and reflection questions to tie together everything readers have learned.
Martin’s 5-7 page lessons are easy to read, but challenging to the heart. Besides her own testimony, she shares the stories of Christians such as Corrie ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, and others who held onto God’s promises when hope seemed impossible. The poems, quotes, Greek interpretations, and many Scripture references given during a lesson ensure that the reader will get a thorough understanding.
Unfortunately, Martin at times gets carried away with details. Knowing what Greek word Paul used and what it means is exciting for readers at first. Toward the middle of the book, however, knowing the real meaning of every significant word gets tiresome. In many cases, the Greek definition was the same as the definition in English. (Such as, the Greek word for “fruit” means “produce.”)
Readers also may become weary of the author’s self-promotion. Martin takes every opportunity to give the name of her thriving ministry and the merchandise she sells. This puts a distance between the author and the reader—it’s hard to believe that someone really feels for you if each good point is interrupted for a sales spiel for her books and products.
Beyond the flood of selling points and the Greek language lies an intriguing book. Ultimately, readers are encouraged to live through their hope in the God who has “overcome the world.” Had Martin only identified more with the human soul, her book would have been brilliant. With this in mind, Martin’s book is perhaps not best for personal reading, but would make an excellent guide for a Bible study or Sunday school class. – Bethany DuVal, Christian Book Previews.com
Would you like to refresh your heart through an intimate, life-changing encounter with God in His Word? Do you long to reenergize your faith and see God's hand at work in every situation, helping you to become more like Him? These blessings and more await you on this 30-day journey as you...