Every book I’ve read by Hannah Anderson is like a retreat for the soul, a space where I can be quiet, calm, and contemplative. “Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit” was released by Moody Publishers and is a bit different from her usual books, mainly because, as Hannah herself explains, it is “a collection of devotional essays (rather than in my typical book-length form) because I want to invite you to slow down and reflect on nature’s testimony.” It is organized by the four seasons, and includes beautifully simple sketches and illustrations completed by Hannah’s husband Nathan.
As soon as I opened the pages and began reading this lovely, visually-appealing book, I felt a peacefulness and the invitation to slow down for awhile, and just ‘be’. Each chapter includes a thoughtful anecdote from nature, and ties into daily life and the joy and struggle of living in this beautiful, broken world. Quotes from Scripture and verses for further reference are also a part of each chapter.
In my opinion, “Turning of Days” is a perfect book to pick up once in awhile, and read a chapter or two from the season (of life or of the year) that you are currently in. Although you could sit down and read it from cover to cover, I think that does not allow for the contemplation and application intended by the author (and illustrator).
So, if you are ready for a peaceful retreat into nature and Scripture from the wisdom of Hannah Anderson, I definitely recommend this lovely book. And if you purchase one for yourself, perhaps you could grab another for a friend or family member, because it would make the perfect gift as well.
I received this book courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.