I am surprised — stunned, actually — at how much I liked this book. For one thing, I have a prejudice against “churchy” women, the ones that every women’s group chooses for Bible study coursework and to which every woman in the group nods her head in enthusiastic agreement. As a rule, I find these studies, and the material upon which they’re based to be at best, shallow and fluffy, and at worst, there’s usually a lot of nonsense about God “allowing” (read, causing) dreadful things to happen in our lives for His own inscrutable purposes. I wouldn’t have downloaded this at all except that it was free on Audible, and I’m always interested in the topic.
Priscilla is a lot more no-nonsense than I expected, though. She made the terrific and obvious point right off the bat that a lot of people don’t hear God because we don’t bother listening, not really believing there’s anything to hear. We think of prayer as us bringing our requests to God in a monologue, and that’s it. It was a good reminder to me to be more intentional about creating space and silence, so that God has a chance to speak back.
That was probably the best part of the book, though I didn’t find myself violently disagreeing with it except maybe in one section. I’m pleasantly surprised and now open to reading other books of hers, as well.
My rating: *****
Political content: none
Sexual content: none