Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life by Steve Wiens

Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life by Steve Wiens is written like a memoir in order to illustrate the significance of beginnings in one's life. Through the use of personal anecdotes, the reader can relate to the author's drive to find renewed meaning despite a life of stagnation.  The author, a pastor, and father as well as a husband still felt as if something was missing as he reminisced about his childhood and youth. In his own words, he states in the introduction that "This book is about not missing those moments. This book is about leaving the forced march.  This book is about finding hidden beginnings and pursuing the endless adventure of becoming." (Wiens, 2015) He writes in a personal conversational tone that will make the reader feel as if he is having a one on one conversation with Wiens. In the context of the Genesis account of the seven day creation, the author applies these basics to our own lives.  He addresses each day of creation and uniquely applies it to our lives- our own beginnings and purpose.  He weaves a wonderful analogy- a modern day parable that modern readers will understand and be able to apply. He breaths new life to the bible.  New bible readers as well a those familiar with the bible will learn a new perspective on how God's word applies and its relevance on our lives.  He has an uncanny ability to relate any story or circumstance to a spiritual lesson.  For anyone looking for a renewed biblical perspective from the ordinary and mundane, to the tumultuous or tragic- this is the book. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by NavPress for the purpose of writing this review.

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