The uncomfortable space between a “problem recognized” and its “solution realized” is what author Debbie Alsdorf calls in her book, A Woman Who Trusts God, the “meantime.” From the daily annoyances that grate on our nerves to the kind of adversity that leaves us breathless, life is full of difficulties and many of them do not come with easy solutions.
Whether our meantime lasts a day, a month, or a year, Alsdorf reminds us of what is easy to forget under pressure: God is faithful. She is committed to teaching us how to deal effectively with hardships and not allow them to blur our focus, weaken our faith, or rob us of the joy God intended for us. Captivated by God’s promise of a “peace that passes all human comprehension” (Phil. 4:7), even in the midst of our trouble, Alsdorf takes her readers on a step-by-step journey through Paul’s epistle to the church in Philippi. As an author, counselor, and director of women’s ministries for more than 25 years, Alsdorf comes well qualified to present the book of Philippians clearly, while providing her readers the opportunity to make God’s truths their own. The study guide and discussion questions she supplies see to that.
Alsdorf has learned firsthand that a deeper walk with Christ not only strengthens us, but offers us hope when all seems lost. Scripture provides the solid foundation we need when the rug is pulled out, and as we learn to cultivate the discipline of walking in biblical truth we are able to prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead.
One of the strengths of Alsdorf’s book is its reminder not to waste our meantime or wish it away too quickly. God’s desire is to teach us a thing or two as He walks us through the fire. Alsdorf’s balanced use of Scripture, personal illustrations, and practical applications make A Woman Who Trusts God a useful tool for the woman who is looking to do just that. – Ann Sullivan, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Our lives are filled with in-between times, those times when we are not quite where we would like to be (or where we thought we'd be). Dreams are on hold, prayers seem unanswered, and life can feel hard. During these times it can be difficult to see God in our situations and trust him with the future.
But one thing is certain, says Debbie Alsdorf: "God longs to give us his peace just as much as we long to receive it. And there is no joy in this world like a mind at peace." With empathy and wit, she guides you through the book of Philippians, encouraging you to lean on God, to live one day at a time, to rejoice and not to worry, and to give thanks to God in all circumstances of life. The discussion questions and study guide make this book perfect for individual or small group use.