Journeys of Faithfulness {TOS #homeschool review}

 

PhotobucketHave you ever felt a yearning for a closeness to God that feels out of reach?  Do you struggle to read your Bible daily?  Has your heart longed for a Bible Study or Devotional that made you want to turn back to your Bible with fresh eyes and a willingness that was previously lacking?

I’ve been feeling this way for a while.    I know that God is there, but sometimes I just don’t feel Him in the day-to-day struggles.

I’ve been searching for a loooong time for a book that will help me get back to that place of closeness and WANTING to read the Bible.

When I saw the call go out for the TOS Crew members to review Journeys of Faithfulness: Stories of Life and Faith for Young Christian Women by Sarah Clarkson (published by Apologia), I felt hopeMaybe this book could give me what I’ve been longing for.

 

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I was immediately drawn in by her storytelling ability and her friendly writing style.    She tells the stories of these great women of the Bible in a beautiful way that has a depth that draws you in even closer.  She gives Mary & Martha, Mary the Virgin mother of Jesus, Esther, and Ruth a voice that rounds out their characters even more than the little snippets that we see of them in the Bible.

Clearly, Ms. Clarkson has to use some creative license, but she stays true to the Biblical accounts that we know.

Read a sample chapter to see what I mean.

At the end of each chapter Sarah Clarkson gives a personal application from her own life, as well as questions that we can ask ourselves to delve even deeper.  She even includes a section for any notes that you would like to jot down.  Probably best of all is that she encourages young women to strive to be like these female heroes of the Bible, and tells us HOW we can do that.

This is a Bible study like none other that I have come across before, and it has breathed new life into my Bible time.  You cannot read this book without seeing the great love that Ms. Clarkson has for the Lord, and for wanting that kind of love for yourself ~ that kind of closeness to our Heavenly Father.

When she asks the age-old question why God chose Mary to be the vessel that brings our Saviour to the world in human form, I love the answers that she gives.

“In the words of her song {The Magnificat} we see a vital quality that set Mary apart from most other women in the world: She new the story of her God.

Read the words of her song and you realize this was a woman who knew the law and prophets witha a lover’s comprehension and a scholar’s zeal……The Magnificat is the lyrical, jubilant cry of a woman who knew the words of God as if they were her own.”                          {p. 79}

Did you know that her song of praise references Scripture from 1 Samuel, Habakkuk, Isaiah, Job, Genesis and the Psalms?  I never knew that, and I didn’t realize that this was more than pretty words singing her Lord’s praises.

This book would make a great gift for young women to read on their own, or for mothers and daughters to sit down and read together.

Although my own daughter is still very young yet, I plan to pull this out when she is old enough to understand and work through it with her.  In the meantime, I am going to keep going back to this beautifully written book for my own Christian journey.

Journeys of Faithfulness is available for purchase on the Apologia website for $13.00.  It is 232 pages long, soft cover.  You can view the Table of Contents here.

 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.