Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Review: Cries of the Heart

My husband introduced me to Ravi Zacharias. When John was studying philosophy, he was very interested in Christian apologetics (arguments for the faith). Ravi Zacharias is one of the forefront authors in Christian apologetics.

I actually bought this book for John as a Christmas present a few years back. The sub-title is what hooked me in: "Bringing God Near When He Feels So Far." Cries of the Heart certainly reminded me of God's powerful presence in my life, even when He seems strangely silent. As the author is quoted on the back cover:

"When God speaks there are no ploys, no gimmicks. Only life-defining truth. When He speaks we will be soothed by His touch, and we will rest in His comfort, knowing that He has heard our cries and has come near in our need."

This book calls us to deeper thinking about the reality of God and His way of dealing with His creation. It reminds us that God is in control. The author has broken his arguments down into a structured treatment of our many cries and God's cry of response. The chapters treat our cry to know God, our cry to actually feel our faith, the cry for a reason in our suffering (with extensive treatment on the story of Job), the cry of a guilty conscience, the cry for freedom in what pleasure we take, the cry of loneliness, and finally, God's cry for His people. By the end of the book, the reader's faith rests more firmly on a foundation of faith in God's wisdom and strength and power.

If you are struggling with God's seeming silence, with the deep questions that come when something harmful invades the life of a loved one, with intense loneliness and disconnection from people and God, this book will certainly remind you of His love and His purpose for your life. If you are an unbeliever, it may even convince you to place your belief and trust in the God who longs to answer every cry of your heart!

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