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Always True: God's 5 Promises for When Life Is Hard

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Encouraging Truth

    I always appreciate good Christian books as I navigate living out my faith on this earth, but now and then one comes along that hits straight to the heart with its simple truth more than the rest. Always True is one of those books for me.

    The message of this book in the author's own words is, "Sometimes in life we are going along, doing all right, managing the ups and downs of our routines, when out of nowhere a boulder drops from the sky and crash lands on our lives....This book contains five promises God makes over and over, to every person of faith, in every generation. When you make these truths your own, they'll become intensely personal, incredibly practical, and profoundly reliable."

    Neither MacDonald nor God Himself promises a life free of hardship but God does promise that He will see us through whatever comes our way. The five promises that are the focus of this book and how we can respond to them with complete trust are: God is always with me (I will not fear), God is always in control (I will not doubt), God is always good (I will not despair), God is always watching (I will not falter), and God is always victorious (I will not fail). The author uses an abundance of scripture and challenges he personally has faced, including cancer, to show that in the midst of any situation God is at work and staying true to every promise.

    The chapter that spoke the most to me was the second one, God is always in control. If I embrace that truth and the promises He makes surrounding it, then I really do not have reason to doubt that He is working things out even if I can't always see it at the time. He is never blindsided by circumstances even if we are.

    I liked that with each chapter there is a scripture to memorize that helps the reader commit the promises to heart. MacDonald does a good job explaining otherwise deep doctrine in layman's terms such as what "covenant" means and how that applies to God's promises.

    If I could sum up the tone of this book in one word it would be "encouraging." I believe any Christian reading it will come away encouraged that every promise of God is true and his or her faith will be strengthened.

    I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Powerful and insightful book about finding faith

    Always Trust by James MacDonald is a powerful devotional based on one man's battle to trust in God when in the fight for his life. MacDonald faced a terrifying cancer, plus struggles within his church which made him question God and His goodness. He turned to the Bible for answers, and what he came up with is this thoughtful and emotional book. MacDonald discovered five unshakable truths of God during this time: I will not fear, I will not doubt, I will not despair, I will not falter, and I will not fail; and while we may do all of those things, He will not, and that is where we can place our trust. MacDonald uses Scripture and personal reflection to support each promise, and readers will feel both moved and inspired by MacDonald's deep faith. Some quotes from the book: Faith is what moves God's promises from your head to your heart. Stronghold is what God's goodness looks like to the enemy on the outside; refuge is what God's goodness looks like to us on the inside. God wants you to be so familiar with His character and live so confidently in your faith that you can say, "I know what God's going to do. I don't know when or how, but He's made me some promises, and I can walk by faith until I see it. This is truly one of the best theological books of the 21st century and will offer readers hope in times of darkness.

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