Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time
Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time

Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time

by Christine Hoover

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Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time by Christine Hoover

The Bible says that God makes all things beautiful in their time, but when we look around today we see a broken and marred world. Our reality is so often the "not beautiful" that it's hard to trust that God can make our mess into something good. So how do we live with hope for a future redemption of all things?

In Searching for Spring, Christine Hoover takes readers on a treasure hunt for beauty in both familiar and unexpected places. Framed by the changing seasons, this journey will heighten readers' senses and awaken their affections for the creator of it all. For all who are in the midst of suffering, who find their faith withering, who are questioning whether God is at work—or even present—as they wait for something in their lives to become beautiful, this book will be a welcome reminder that God never stops his redemptive work and that there is a time for everything under heaven.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801019388
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 248,333
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of From Good to Grace, Messy Beautiful Friendship, and The Church Planting Wife. She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at www.GraceCoversMe.com, she enjoys helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Summer

1 Hide and Seek 13

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

Part 2 Fall

2 Marred Beauty 29

A time to be born, and a time to die

3 Unexpected Beauty 43

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted

4 Beauty We Want to Avoid 61

A time to kill, and a time to heal

Part 3 Winter

5 God Is a Potter: He Molds Beauty When We Surrender Control 79

A time to break down, and a time to build up

6 God Is a Composer: He Leads and Helps As We Tune Ourselves to His Spirit 93

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance

7 God Is Our Betrothed: He Builds Beauty While We Wait with Faith 111

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together

8 God Is Our Color: He Paints Beauty When We Pursue Holiness 127

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing

9 God Is an Author: He Writes Beautiful Stories with Our Weaknesses 143

A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew

10 God Is a Joy Whisperer: He Shows Us Beauty When We Still Ourselves to Listen 161

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak

11 God Is Our Pattern: We Display His Beauty When We Love Creatively 181

A time to love, and a time to hate

Part 4 Spring

12 Forever Beauty 201

A time for war, and a time for peace

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 217

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Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
summer_no9 10 months ago
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read and full fill with hope that encouraging to help and giving with the right direction all the of us to understand of in the mid of faith there is always a hope for in every situation, It like in our winter that spring is always coming as well. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
summer_no9 10 months ago
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read and full fill with hope that encouraging to help and giving with the right direction all the of us to understand of in the mid of faith there is always a hope for in every situation, It like in our winter that spring is always coming as well. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
Searching For Spring is a play on the four seasons and how we can experience life in seasons. It's a reminder that there must always be an end to the trouble-less, "mountaintop" moments in life. And that there will always be a death, a renewing and a new growing season. Based on the book of Ecclesiastes, Hoover shares some personal experiences with walking through these seasons and what God has taught her about each one.   As I was recently listening to Hoover's new podcast, By Faith, she explained that she approached Searching For Spring more poetically than her other books. I definitely found this to be true. Typically, I'm not a fan of flowery, or poetic writing. I get lost in what the true meaning of the book is. However, I found myself being challenged by much of the writing in this book. I connected so much with what Hoover wrote about in the first half of the book. The idea of summer and the beauty that it brings to life challenged the way that I use the word beautiful. It was a reminder that life may be hard, but it is the hard parts of life that show us the beauty. I also really appreciated the first chapter on winter. My own experiences with winter seasons were echoed on the pages of Searching For Spring. As I mentioned before, I tend to struggle with more flowery writing. Though I was challenged in the reading of Searching for Spring, I also struggled to connect with about half of the book. When I could connect with the story, I understood the point Hoover was making, but often, it lost some poignancy because of the length of time it took to tell the story.  Searching for Spring is an excellent reminder that God does make all things beautiful in His time. That he has not given up on us or walked away from us. He is always moving in and through the seasons that we encounter in life.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Kaitlyn Wright More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book! Christine has done a fantastic job of artfully weaving practical theology into every season of life - primarily winter. My soul has found so much joy through reading this during the actual season of winter - and through a degree of spiritual winter as well. Chrisitine understands and communicates so clearly and creatively that beauty is more beautiful contrasted with un-beautiful things and God's beauty and goodness can be found in the midst of suffering. "God is all-good, all-knowing and all-powerful all together, all the time. Try to imagine any other combination. All-good without being all-knowing, all-knowing without being all-powerful, and all-powerful without being all-good." We can have this hope that He has our good and His glory in mind (Rom. 8:28) and even through suffering we have this hope: God will make all this beautiful in time (Ecc. 3:11). "God uses suffering to produce in us a saving and enduring faith - which is his will for us in the present" (Rom. 5:3-5). I highly recommend the book to all people - whether you are going through a difficult season, or not, this book will give you awe in the beauty of God all around us.
MujerBalanceada More than 1 year ago
Searching for Spring is an easy to read inspirational book, full of nature imagery and everyday illustrations. Using the analogy of nature seasons, Christine Hoover share the redemption story amid our suffering, our unanswered prayers and God’s silence. Depending on your hobbies and your stage in life some chapters may resonate more to you than others, but overall the reading will fuel your hope and challenge your perspective of your current season. Join Christine on a journey outlined by Ecclesiastes 3 to go deep in “how God makes all things beautiful in time.” Some of my favorites quotes is: “Even when He is silent, He is not still.” (p. 49); “Limits are gifts that help us remember that our greatest gift is a God who is limitless.” (p. 150) This book is great for individual or group reading and I’ll recommended to others and use it to encourage other women; as I have been encouraged. I’ve received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
21Bowman More than 1 year ago
We are treasure seekers. We long for: The groom to return for his bride; The finished book; The completed canvas; Spring to burst out of winter. We long for wholeness, relief, life, resurrection. But we are poor waiters. But what if the Lord uses our incompleteness, our waiting, the inconsolable things of this “in between” life as mechanisms and mirrors for our good and his work? What if his promise to make all things beautiful in time has already begun? Through twelve chapters of captivating word pictures, vivid imagery, and engaging personal stories coupled with a through examination of scripture, author Christine Hoover reminds us that the Lord’s beauty and kindness is evident in a child’s momentary expression of love, the autumn leaves, a composer’s musical piece, falling snowflakes but paradoxically, also in our burdens, mourning, disabilities, and losses. Glimpses of the Lords redemption surround us if we stop to listen, observe, smell and taste his work. As Christians, we are called to embrace this paradoxical state of living: weakness to be made strong, serve to receive, persecution for ultimate victory, die to self to fully live, and endure momentary affliction for an eternal weight of glory. We “wait forward,” persevering through the present in light of that promised future. Searching for Spring is a book I’ve added to my canon of highly commended works, particularly for those struggling with trials, depression, lack of joy and impatience. It encouraged me in my own struggle with uncertainty, deepened my understanding of the Lords presence and activity in this age, and better equipped me to minister to others. Hoover exhorts us to climb onto the potters wheel and rest from our wrestling. For the most beautiful saints will have lived through the gore of life with an eye on the finished beauty to come. What crowns they will wear!
Anag82 More than 1 year ago
Searching for Spring Book Review Although I had not yet read any of Christine’s books, I have subscribed to her blog for several years. When she published a blog post asking for volunteers to be on her book launching team, I jumped at the chance. Christine had described her new book, Searching for Spring, in that post, and I knew it was a book I wanted to read. I was thrilled to become an official member of the Searching for Spring book launching team. Baker Books Publishing mailed a free copy of the book to me, and as soon as it arrived I tore into it, highlighter and pen in hand. Through the entire twelve chapters, I did not put my writing utensils down. In my opinion, the greatest compliment to give an author is to consistently mark in his/her book, and that is precisely what I did. I loved Searching for Spring for several reasons. First, the theme of the book resonated with me. I am very drawn to God’s redemptive plan for mankind, and Christine expounded on this a great deal. Also, I am a great lover of beauty. I enjoy thinking about and discussing the way God creates and uses beauty in our world. The second reason I love Searching for Spring is because of Christine’s writing style. The content was quite profound, but I never struggled to grasp her words. She explains her thoughts in a simple, straightforward way that left me feeling both encouraged and convicted. Third, I loved this book because of the masterful way the book is outlined. Christine divided the book into four parts, each part paralleling with a season. Each chapter is driven by a verse from Ecclesiastes 3 as well as a real-life example people can relate to. Some examples include pottery, music, engagement rings, color, and silence. I was so impressed with the layout and content of this book. Christine’s words captivated, challenged, inspired and invigorated me. I would recommend this book to any follower of Christ, regardless of whether he/she is going through a winter of the soul. It is full of practical wisdom for the life of a believer, wisdom that will open the eyes of the reader to the beauty of Jesus Christ and His redemption. But perhaps I should let Christine’s words speak for themselves. She can describe her book better than I: Though we are wretched in our sin and creation groans under the burden, the residual beauty speaks just as it did at the dawn of time. All of it still speaks about God- he exists, he is powerful, he is active, and he is beautiful. Even the decay of our groaning world communicates about him. Fall turning to winter: death comes for each of us. Winter itself: a large portion of life is waiting by faith. Winter turns to spring: there is a very real hope for new life after death. (p. 37)