“Linda Dillow's The Blessing Book is a devotional work designed to give hope through God's Word to women experiencing personal struggles of a diverse nature. Dillow focuses particularly on the spiritual valleys of discouragement and depression, drawing heavily on her own battles in these areas. Making continual references to the psalms, Dillow encourages her readers to dwell in God's presence.
“Devoting a chapter to each motif, Dillow explores the process of ‘I Remember,’ ‘I Hide,’ I Cling,’ and ‘I Walk’ as formative steps toward finding blessing amidst pain. Her tone is confidential and warmly private, and she intersperses her words of advice with a potpourri of individualized anecdotes. Dillow's seasoned experiences with women's ministries abroad lend definite credibility to her writing. Living for 17 years in Asia and Europe with her husband Jody, she had frequent opportunities to teach and encourage, practices that she maintains through speaking at women's conferences internationally.
“Dillow designates a psalm for each of her chapters, although her book's overall focus is on Psalm 84 and its assurance that as we walk through the ‘valley of weeping,’ it will, with time, become a place of blessing. Setting small goals in the middle of each chapter, Dillow develops a game plan for developing joy amidst suffering.
“Sometimes, admittedly, Dillow's writing style is overly gentle, thus occasionally watering down the penetrating power of some of her anecdotes. I found the ‘Bible Study’ section at the back of the book very helpful in teaching one to practice simple meditation with one particular psalm for intensely personalized spiritual growth. At only 105 pages, this book can be read quickly, but as a devotional guide it merits quality time.” -- Lia Angell, Christian Book Previews.com
Sometimes our plans take a terrible, frightening twist, turning our hopes and dreams into nightmares. What do we do when our best plans fall short? How do we handle the disappointment?
By looking to the Psalms, Linda Dillow shows us how the "Valley of Weeping" can be instrumental in bringing us to need and include God in our daily lives. Done with a friend or a church group, the included four-week study will re-emphasize the encouraging message found in the book. When we find ourselves in the valley, we must remember to turn our eyes off the suffering and onto the Healer--He can make it a place of blessing.