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TwoDaysLonger
Author: Beth Lueders
Publisher: Howard Publishing
Pages: 216
 
In a style reminiscent of Max Lucado, Beth Lueders writes warmly of what we can discover of Godís character in TwoDaysLonger. Reading this book is like sitting across the table from a friend enjoying rich conversation about things that matter deeply. The relaxed tone, however, does not take away from the seriousness of the subject. When life is difficult, itís hard to wait for God to show up. 
 
In the opening chapter, the author uses the story of Lazarusís sickness to reveal our timely God. Those familiar with the story will remember that when Jesus was informed of his friendís sickness, "He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was" (John 11:6 NASB). A wise friend once shared with the author that the two most powerful words in the Bible are "But God!" "When situations look their worst and we are weary from waiting, God steps in and proves that he is all-powerful, loving and wise."
 
A thought that follows sets the stage for the rest of the book. "Through waiting, God wants to open our nearsighted eyes to the vivid depths of his immense character. He invites us to nestle into the assurance that he is loving, faithful, all-powerful, and trustworthy. On the other hand, he wants us to consider him punctual and not a latecomer. He wants us to delight in Jesus-on-the-spot and not Jesus-come-lately."
 
Each chapter features an introductory quotation followed by a gripping story that leads to a retelling of a Biblical narrative. The collection of stories is as good as you will find anywhere. Lueders effectively mixes humor, personal experiences, Scripture and practical applications to highlight one aspect of Godís character in each chapter. Like Lucado, she makes profound truths accessible. Those in need of comfort will find it here. 
 
This is devotional or inspirational writing at its best. Itís a pleasure to read and a great encouragement to wait with patience.
 
Michael Dalton
May 29, 2006
 

 
 
 
 

 

 
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