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I’m very excited to share with you a brand new book review here on my blog. If you caught my previous book reviews, you may remember that I recently reviewed The Awesome Super Fantastic Forever Party written by Joni Eareckson Tada and Refreshed by John Hindley. In today’s post I’m reviewing an amazing book by Katie Faris called He Will Be Enough, published by The Good Book Company, which has just come out and is available to purchase now here. In this post not only am I reviewing this lovely book by Katie, but I’m sharing a little of what I’ve learned whilst reading this book and how it’s helped me to reflect on my own past experiences and even now.
“He Will Be Enough contains 20 biblically rich reflections on the character and promises of God to anchor your soul through hard seasons.”
Sometimes life can throw us a curve-ball. It’s during those times that we can experience hard seasons, and it’s in those seasons that we can experience difficult, unimaginable and tough times, that sometimes feel like there’s no way out of them. Our lives are suddenly filled with unknowns, questions, heartache, grief, sadness and so much more. We start to question and ask why these things are happening in our lives. But it’s also in those moments where we must look at where and who we go to during those hard seasons.
Through some of the toughest seasons that I’ve been through, God has met me right there in the midst of them. It’s only through God that I have found healing, the healing of things that, at the time, I thought was impossible to find healing for. I’ve found healing for many different and difficult situations I was going through and struggling with, healing of my health, healing of my mental health, healing of loved ones, healing of past hurts, healing of past mistakes and healing of relationships. It’s knowing that God is always there, always watching, always listening, and that through His Word, we can truly know His promises and His truth. It’s knowing that what the world offers cannot help us in the long run, it cannot give us the fulfilment and satisfaction that we so desire. The things of this world cannot give us the peace, strength and protection that God can give us, no matter how many different things, activities and people we seek to try and help us. It’s taken me a long time to truly and fully understand this. Is it easy? No. Is it hard? Yes. But it’s so worth it, and God is enough.
He Will Be Enough by Katie Faris, is an engaging, personal and inspiring book that helps readers to truly understand and know God’s character, that He is enough and He’s all we need. It’s during those difficult times that God can make the impossible possible. He can use what the enemy meant for evil and turn it to good, He can use the situations that we are currently going through for His glory, to help us, to shape and mould us and to make us stronger, to know that He is good, He is faithful and that it’s only through Him that we can find rest, healing and peace from all the world throws at us and tells us.
I remember a couple of years ago, I experienced what felt like one the hardest seasons I’ve been in. I felt completely and utterly broken. But God met me in the middle of it all. I can’t explain it very well, but at my most broken, it was like a light switch had just been flicked. I felt clarity, I felt peace, I felt like a new person. In that moment, I changed my ways, I changed old habits, I changed what I was consuming and listening to, I repented, I handed everything over to Jesus, and I found healing, both mentally and physically. I just wanted more and more of God. After that, God also brought different things and people into my life who have been such a blessing and who I’m so thankful for, and who have helped me a lot.
But the thing is, looking back, I knew that what happened needed to happen in order for me to have that ‘light switch’ moment. I can see just how God was using that season for good, and not to just help me, but to also help other people who may be experiencing what I was going through. Something which I have also definitely learned through struggling with my health over the years, having a chronic illness and Bowel Disease. Plus it’s helped me to be thankful in all situations, both good and bad.
He Will Be Enough is written in easy-to-read chapters, which makes it perfect to use as a daily devotional, which is what I have been doing. Each chapter starts with a Bible verse and ends with a prayer and questions to answer, discuss and reflect on. I’ve found it to be such an encouraging, helpful and relatable book to read. It’s one I’ve been keeping next to my bed to read before I go to sleep. On the back of the book the author writes:
“I still don’t know how this story will end. All of us live in the middle of our stories, in one way or another. The question is: how will we live in those parts – unanswered questions and all?”Katie Faris
I think this is a wonderful reminder that we don’t have to know how what we are currently going through will end, because God already does. He’s already gone before us, He knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and we know how the true full story ends, which we can read in the Book of Revelation. We don’t have to understand everything, we don’t have to carry everything ourselves, we just need to trust God, to know that His plans are good and we don’t have to have everything together, we don’t have to try and fix what we are going through ourselves, we just need surrender and hand over everything to God and for His Will to be done.
When we do this there is beauty in the waiting, there is comfort during grief, there is wisdom when we feel confused, there is true joy and happiness when we feel that we can’t go on and when we don’t understand. There is peace when we feel troubled and there rest when we feel tired and weary. It’s not the things of the world and what the world offers that do all this, it’s only through God. This book by Katie Faris has really opened my eyes more to really see how God has a plan for everything, not just when things are going well, but for when they aren’t too.
“The Lord has helped us to see that even in a world where horrific things happen, God is our life, and He will be enough. This is my story: on my hardest days, Jesus has been enough. This is my song: God’s character and promises are enough to sustain weary believers on their journeys heavenward. No matter what trial you face, don’t turn away. Stick with Jesus. He will be more than enough for you.”Katie Faris
He Will Be Enough is a wonderful book that will help you through those hard seasons and tough times, whilst diving into scripture to remind us of the promises of God and His truth. Even during the most difficult of days, weeks, months and years, God is enough. With a time for prayer and reflection at the end of each chapter, we can start to bring our thoughts in alignment with God’s, to get straight into scripture and see for ourselves the sure promises of God, to spend that much needed time with Him and to know just how powerful prayer is.