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Book Review – O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

21 Aug

William Wallace, the great character from the movie Braveheart, said “Every man dies, not every man really lives.” When we read statements like that we can get excited about living a life that is worth something. But so often we skip too quickly past the part that every human knows to be true, that every one will die. It is a certain reality. I remember seeing a sign on the road one time that said “Welcome to Florida, Mortality Rate: 100%.” And grim as it may be it is the truth isn’t it? We will all die. Yet, somehow, we can easily live our lives without giving much thought to dying, thinking it may never come, or at the very least not letting ourselves dwell on it too much, certainly not letting it be the topic of conversation.

As Christians how are we do think about this? Should we act the same way everyone else in the world does when it comes to the topic of death in general and our own impending death? In her book, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go – Facing Death with Courageous Confidence in God edited by Nancy Guthrie, she helps us to see what Christians throughout the centuries have had to say about this.

You may ask, “why would I want to read a book about death? This is the very thing I would like least to think about.” That is exactly the reason why we need a book like this. I believe that God’s desire for us is that we would not live our lives in the fear of death. Indeed in Hebrews 2:14-15 we are told that one of the reasons Jesus partook of the same flesh and blood we all share was that: “through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who though fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”

Amen! May God grant us to look at this subject with faith and receive help in an area that plagues us all.

This book is a compilation of writings by various Christian authors from contemporary authors to authors from past eras. I really loved the headings for the four sections that this book is divided into:

Part One: A Reality That Will Not Be Denied
Part Two: An Aim That Keeps Me Pressing On
Part Three: A Hope That Saves Me From Despair
Part Four: A Future That Will Not Disappoint

Those alone were very helpful! I will leave it to you to find out what the rest of the book is like. I am so grateful to God for this book and I pray that God would grant many of us to live lives that, instead of being lived in the fear of death, are lived with a courageous confidence in God that looks death in eye and welcomes it knowing that it has indeed lost its sting!