Monday, November 28, 2016

"She Reads Truth" by Raechel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams

I can't remember when I first heard about She Reads Truth, the Bible reading plans for women. I've done several of the plans over the years, including the 2015 Advent and 2016 Lent studies. While I've been blessed by the studies, I didn't know much about the women behind them ... until now.

She wants faith, hope, and love.
She wants help and healing.
She wants to hear and be heard, to see and be seen.
She wants things set right.

She wants to know what is true—not partly true, or sometimes true, or almost true. She wants to see Truth itself, face-to-face. But here, now, these things are all cloudy. Hope is tinged with hurt. Faith is shaded by doubt. Lesser, broken things masquerade as love.

How does she find something permanent when the world around her is always changing, when not even she can stay the same? And if she finds it, how does she hold on?  

She Reads Truth tells the stories of two women who discovered, through very different lives and circumstances, that only God and His Word remain unchanged as the world around them shifted and slipped away. Infused with biblical application and Scripture, this book is not just about two characters in two stories, but about one Hero and one Story. Every image points to the bigger picture—that God and His Word are true. Not because of anything we do, but because of who He is. Not once, not occasionally, but right now and all the time.

Sometimes it takes everything moving to notice the thing that doesn’t move. Sometimes it takes telling two very different stories to notice how the Truth was exactly the same in both of them.

For anyone searching for a solid foundation to cling to, She Reads Truth is a rich and honest Bible-filled journey to finally find permanent in a world that’s passing away.

She Reads Truth is a memoir of sorts, as Myers and Williams tell their own stories, which are interwoven with the truth of Scripture. In fact, each chapter ends with an extended Bible passage. This isn't a book that says, "Trust in God, and everything will be OK." Myers and Williams are quick to acknowledge that sometimes, things aren't OK. They aren't OK when your parents' marriage falls apart, when a family member dies, when you have another miscarriage. But amid all the bad, God's Truth remains.

This is a message that I think is so relevant right now, in this time of "finding your own truth," of shifting morals, of Christian principles being left behind. No matter what the world says, no matter how I feel, God's Truth remains constant. She Reads Truth's subtitle is "Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That's Passing Away," and it's so fitting—God and His Word are permanent in an ever-shifting world.

It took me a very long time to read She Reads Truth for one reason—I had to take time to digest what I read. I virtually never take notes or highlight as I read, but I ended up underlining and making notes throughout the whole book. I identified with so many parts of Raechel's and Amanda's stories, but what struck me even more was the way they continually pointed to Christ. This isn't a "how Raechel and Amanda survived hard times" memoir; rather, it's a book that loudly proclaims that life is hard, but God is good. 5 stars.

Buy the book.

Raechel Myers is always on the lookout for beauty, goodness, and truth in everyday life. Co-founder and CEO of She Reads Truth, Raechel has a bachelor’s degree in housing and environmental design, and is not afraid to paint a whole house over a long weekend. She longs to cook artisanal meals, but loves Chinese takeout. She lives south of Nashville, Tennessee, with her three favorite people.

Amanda Bible Williams likes words and books more than just about anything. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology, nearly a master’s in religion, and a deep love for a farmhouse east of Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their three children. Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth, Amanda spends her days happily rearranging sentences and explaining that her maiden name really is Bible. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: As a member of the She Reads Truth launch team, I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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