Author: Amy Isham

Book Review: Finding God in My Loneliness

As a pastor’s wife, I like having a collection of books to give to people who reveal a struggle in a conversation after church, are seeking to grow and are keen to read.  I look for books that are readable by a range of people, compelling and relevant.  When I saw that there was a book about loneliness new to Crossway, I was keen to see if it was appropriate for my congregation. I know a lot of lonely people, and loneliness takes many forms, either through facing singleness for life, being widowed or divorced, losing trusted friends and...

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Communicating the Gospel, the Brotherhood of the Shibboleth?

The gospel is our lifeline, the slender thread that binds us to Jesus Christ, who rescues us. If Christians are held by this unbreakable thread, it is this same thread that needs to be tied around the waists of those that become aware that they too, hang over a precipice, into which they would fall, without a line connecting them to a rescuer. This is a metaphor of the gospel, but ask yourself, does it make sense?  It evokes a visual of falling, of hanging, having a rescuer, but is this metaphor enough, do you think, to communicate the...

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Book Review: Her-Story

I first saw a devotional at the age of twenty, I had been a Christian for one year and my hunger for daily lashings of bible reading had yet to abate.  I saw the small book with the choice of a short bible verse, which was taglined ‘orange juice’, a brief exposition tagged as ‘cereal’, and a longer explanation tagged ‘the big breakfast’.  What kind of person has no time for more than a little verse of the bible? I thought, childishly and in my first year at University, living with my parents. A month ago, about 18 years...

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