Monday, April 7, 2014
Unquenchable - by Carol Kent
Carol Kent is a well-known author within the Christian community. She has a frank, open style that many find refreshing, and in particular her honesty regarding her son's imprisonment for first-degree murder have been a soothing balm to many women coping with their own unimaginable loss and pain. Unquenchable is not a Bible study, nor is it a memoir. It's a compilation of tragedies woven together in a way that spurs the reader on to keep trusting in the Lord, even when life is overwhelming and the flames of faith seem to be dwindling.
To be honest, Unquenchable was very different than I expected it to be. I can't exactly clarify what I was expecting, but it wasn't what I found when I opened the cover and began to read. The book is real and raw and at times hard to read. But isn't life also, at times, raw and real and hard? If we're honest, we answer "Yes...indeed it is." This book can move you forward on the path of knowing God is truly enough, no matter what is taking place in your life, even as you face guilt over what appears to be a waning faith. Unquenchable is a reminder that there are times when we mistakenly believe our faith has died out completely and we don't trust the Lord, when in reality the embers of our faith can be burning hot and bright though we can't see them.
Don't read this book if you're looking for a few easy steps to solve your current faith crisis. It's not that type of book. Read it if you're willing to hear women's heart-wrenching stories, and you're able to admit that hard times may well fall on each of us for no apparent reason. Read it if you're wondering how a loving God can allow such deeply painful hurts in the lives of His children. Read it and see that the God you love can also be the God you trust through the darkest moments of life, and your faint embers may actually be the banking of a fire that cannot ever be put out.
Job well done, Carol Kent. You tackled a difficult, touchy subject that many avoid like the plague and explored it honestly, and to the glory of God.
On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.
Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from BookLook Bloggers (formerly BookSneeze). All opinions shared here are solely my own.
Day 311 done :)
Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study