Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Deeper Kind of Calm by Linda Dillow

We know that life is often chaotic.

In the midst of apparent chaos, we not only need confidence, but we also need calm...

A Deeper Kind of Calm.

Coincidentally Providentially, that is the title of a book by Linda Dillow - A Deeper Kind of Calm: Steadfast Faith in the Midst of Adversity.

This fairly short, easy to read book is packed full of depth and encouragement bolstered by the honest transparency of the author.

Dillow has woven a beautiful tapestry of hope and peace with threads of pain, heartache, and fear.

Through her words and examples, she points us to some specific psalms to which we can cling and through which we can grow and find the peace of our Lord that is beyond any explanation or understanding.

As Dillow points us to our Savior, our fortress, she reminds us that, "Manmade fortresses always eventually fail.  But there is a fortress---a high fortress, a secure fortress---that will never fail!  This fortress is not a place, but a Person.  His name is the Lord Almighty!"

What about our human nature?  Our tendency to succumb to the overwhelming load of pressure and worry?

"When I feel weak, weary, and worried, I remember the deeds of God.  I hide in His refuge.  I cling in desperate dependence.  I walk in faith.  And these secret choices bring Him great glory!"

"Recently, as I knelt by the sofa in my office in the early morning hours and poured out my anxieties to God, He gently whispered, 'Linda, please go to bed.  I'll sit up the rest of the night and carry the burden for you.  Let Me hold you up in this way.'  What a picture!  The Creator of the universe sits up, waiting, watching, and praying for me, His child, while I sleep.
Do you need peace and calm right now?

Only God can give that deep-down rest for your soul that you so long for and need.

He has gifted several every-day people like Linda Dillow with a special way of sharing gut-level honest experiences of struggle and adversity lovingly peppered with His persistent peace and purpose.

Do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy of this little gem of a book.  You may just come to know A Deeper Kind of Calm for yourself.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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