Author: Beth Moore
Info: Copyright 2007: Nashville TN: Integrity Publishers
Where acquired: Thrift store find.
Why: Years ago, I started reading this book but felt like I needed to give it to someone. I'd planned to purchase another copy and happened to find one in good condition at the thrift store.
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What it's about: We all have (or have had) pits in our lives. Whether shallow or deep, God's deliverance is the only escape. Moore takes the reader through a journey from the mire of the pit, to standing firm on the rock of freedom.
"I believe strongly in support groups, but a support group alone will never get us out of a pit. Somebody in the group better be on the upside looking in. Preferably way up. Otherwise we're liable to keep cheering back and forth, 'That was so good!' when in reality, none of us is doing well. If we keep patting each other on our broken backs, how will they ever mend?" - p. 103
"Never confuse getting bruised at church with getting better at church." p. 116
"Nobody gets the right to keep you in a pit or to shame you for bailing. Not even your mama." - p. 176
What I Liked:
- The fact that Moore freely admits that she's not experienced instant deliverance from issues. That brings me great comfort. Like her, I don't recall a time when deliverance was instant. It doesn't mean it didn't come; it just means it came in God's timing. This is important because it takes away the discouragement factor. Some people get the idea that if the answers don't come immediately that either God is holding out on them, or that their faith wasn't up to par. Quite possibly neither scenario is true.
- Moore's vivid imagery of the pit life drew me from beginning to end. In other words, she gets it said with just enough finesse so the book doesn't bog down.
- There are questions to ponder and confessions included in the book. It would be excellent for a group study.
- I really couldn't find anything to dislike about the book. No aside boxes, no platitudes, no thesaurus-worthy rambling. A very solid work.