Stories. They are all around us, and while we each possess our own unique story, they all have something in common. . . They are all part of the greatest story ever told - God’s story. With warmth and wisdom, husband-and-wife author team Robert Wolgemuth and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth help us embrace and believe that the title of their new book is true for us all: “You Can Trust God to Write Your Story: Embracing the Mysteries of Providence”.
I have long held to the idea that life is a story penned by the great Author, but I had never read anything more than a passing reference to this concept. This new book by the Wolgemuths, however, is entirely about stories: personal, hopeful, tragic, biblical, and how they all relate back to the truth that “we can keep on trusting God, even in those times when our story isn’t unfolding the way we had hoped it would or thought it should.”
The chapters in this book vary between two scopes: specific and broad. . .
- Topics such as trusting God when you are single and long for marriage, or when you are grieving the loss of a loved one, are two examples of chapters that are specific in scope. They include discussion from the authors as well as several highlighted true stories of people who have personally found God’s providence as they walked through these difficult chapters in their own lives.
- Most of the chapters that are more broad in scope include biblical characters brought to life in ways that showcase God’s providence over their seemingly ordinary lives - which of course they could not see or understand at the time. . .
My very favorite chapter was near the end, entitled Consummated: His Story. Using literary terms and describing history and the Bible as a stage play, the authors really drive home their point that: “In His Word, we discover a God who is faithful, whose Story cannot be thwarted, and who is always working to accomplish His good, eternal plan, using even twisted human actions and circumstances to bring glory to Himself in the end. And there we find promises of a bright and certain future that awaits us.”
If you are going through a season of wondering what on earth God is doing with your life, and how it could possibly work out for good, I highly recommend reading this book by Robert and Nancy. It offers warmth and understanding about viewing life as a story, while providing biblically-based insight to help us trust God - even if given the choice we may never have chosen the story He penned for us.
I received this book courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.