Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Kay Arthur's "As Silver Refined"

Like a lot of us Kay Arthur has faced her share of difficult moments and more than a few heartaches and misunderstandings in her life.  Her latest book offers an abundance of interpreted Biblical advice and "Answers to Life's Disappointments" (taken from the subtitle).

The author has identified five deadly D's that represent the devil's strategy for disrupting a Christian's daily life. Disappointment is the first of the deadly D's and can lead the unsuspecting person into a life of discouragement.  Depression, in its various forms will follow bringing the three remaining D's... dejection, despair and demoralization.

Miss Arthur is a prolific writer and apparently has a large following. She shares stories of how her previous books have helped others save their "lives, relationships, marriages-- and minds." A fan of war movies she uses a lot of military and warfare analogies to get her message across.

But not all life altering events are simply the work of the devil, according to Miss Arthur, some can be "God's Training in Disguise (the title of chapter two). There is a lot going on in this book written for the Born-Again Christian. It's full of personal experiences, Bible stories, Bible verses and it's long.

My concern is for the reader who desperately needs help and guidance in their life. It seems to me that 356 pages could be overwhelming for the person who finds themselves not only disappointed and discouraged, but perhaps in real despair and is feeling all alone.

The good news is that there is an in-depth study guide provided. In my opinion, this book could be beneficial to a group of like-minded Believers who come together with the commitment to explore these topics in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Here's a recent video of Miss Arthur:

Disclaimer: The book was provided by the publisher, Waterbrook Press for an honest review. The words are my own.

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