By Barbara J. Yoder, Chosen, softcover, 160 pages, $12.99.
Barbara Yoder has an encouraging word for Christians going through hard times when God seems distant. Using illustrations, Yoder paints a picture of God’s brooding to create or recreate new life for an individual, a church or a nation. In the night there is always the promise of a new dawn coming.
She reminds readers that in the biblical record a new day starts in the evening, not in the morning, and likens this to a transition period of refreshing and letting go of the old call to be made ready for a new call. To receive the overcomer’s anointing, this author and pastor recommends a fresh surrender of the will and the past, and an acknowledgement that character and integrity are forged in trying times.
Above all, the reader is advised to not give up before the dawn arrives but to hold on to faith in God and His plan. Yoder’s book will help believers to see periods of darkness as positive preparation instead of the dead ends that they might appear to be.