Turning of Days Review

Book Review: 

The heavens are declaring, but are we paying attention?

Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,

This new book will point you to the Lord and His creation. It is also a timely read for the start of spring season, Turning of Days ~ Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit by Hannah Anderson

This is a book about God of both nature and Scripture. “Learning from nature and Scripture both will reveal who God is, we must learn to let His truth shape our days and years here on earth”, as Hannah says, “seeing wonder and fear, beauty and honor, visible and invisible.”

This is not the first book of Hannah Anderson’s I have read, so when it was offered up for review, I knew it would be a worthwhile based on her other books. Each season has several chapters which include short observations/essays to reflect on nature’s testimony, while pointing out truth’s from God’s Word, questions to make you ponder, and sketches of nature. It reads almost poetic in a way, you will want to slow down and do your own reflects from what is around you.

Here are a few highlights from the book I made:

~ It’s hard to walk this way, hunched over and closed in on yourself… It is hard to see what you’re supposed to see. It’s hard to see what the world is meant to teach you when you’re balled up into yourself and all your attention is given to resisting the elements.

~ There are mysteries in this world, not just of science but of conscience. Mysteries of unity and continuity, of both wonder and groaning, of creation awaiting redemption.

~ God reveals Himself and His will. He doesn’t shout His plans from the mountains as much as He repeats them over and over in law, quiet songs that only make sense to those who know the significance of them.

~ The same ground that is blessed is also cursed.

~ In our search for safety means that we’re not searching for goodness.

~ A heart that hopes for goodness will plant and prune and wait and pray.

~ So the seasons teach us to believe in a future we cannot yet see, but the unpredictability of the seasons teaches us to trust the One who will bring it to pass.

~ What if letting Him act sometimes means staying and choosing to stay in the uncertainty?

The end of the book ends with a learning to Listen – Field Guide, ten principals to guide you in your own process of listening to nature’s witness.