Friday, December 11, 2015

Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life by Steve Wiens Review

Cover: Beginnings
Have you ever found yourself at the beginning of a big life change? Maybe you're getting married, or divorced. Maybe you're having a child, or burying a parent. Maybe you've been promoted, or lost a job you loved.

Maybe you've moved; maybe you feel stuck. These big changes hit us hard--it's easy to lose our way. It's easy to think that God is leaving us alone in them.The good news is that the God who spoke the world into existence, who lovingly brought into being everything seen and unseen, is speaking into your big change. Drawing from the story of creation in Genesis, "Beginnings" offers an empowering message of how God works through the transition in our lives.

 As God orchestrated the ultimate transition when he created everything from nothing, he can handle the overwhelming details in your life. "Beginnings" is for everyone who faces significant transition--in career, in relationships, in life stage, whether good or bad. By exploring the first chapter in Genesis--day by day, creative act by creative act--Steve Wiens shows us how beginnings work, and how God works through our beginnings.

From The Author

I’m a sucker for a good sentence and a great story.

I run marathons. I father boys. I read lots and lots and lots of books. I used to stutter. I used to live in Belgium. I used to have a pony tail (and man, it was a thing of beauty).

I tend to thrive in the fertile middle, the unchartered territory where it’s not my turf or your turf. Where new things can burst to life. Where hope can grow.

I am a 3 on the enneagram, an introvert, and I don’t like roller coasters.

One day, I’d love to learn how to surf.

I love words and I scatter them everywhere, hoping they might set people free.

I am married to a wise woman who knows how to laugh. I am a pastor at a church I founded, a quirky community of people that I love. I wrote a book called Beginnings, which imagines the seven days of creation as a process that is reflected in all of the beginnings in our actual lives, especially the ones that start in inky blackness. I started a weekly podcast called This Good Word, where I explore what’s holy about our humanity, one word at a time.

So that’s a little bit about me. The best way to stay in touch with me is on Facebook, Instagram, orTwitter.

Cassandra's Review Q&A

- What did you like about the book and why? I like the way the author writes about his beliefs and spirituality.

- What did you not like about the book and why?  Well my views may not always align with that of the author, but it is not something I can not look over.

- What did you learn? I was interested in a lot of the different ways a person can connect with their religion.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  Someone who is of the Christian faith or people who want to learn more about it.  I feel like if you're not really on board with the lifestyle and choices of the author, it may take from the book's impact.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book .

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