Life's trials can leave us feeling beaten and downtrodden, hindered by life's distractions that get the best of us. However, God's promises in the Bible show that God releases us from bondage and give us hope in difficult situations. Author Vernet Clemons Nettles wants to encourage readers to realize this truth that people matter to God through her new book, Why Should I Be Bound? The book is a thirty-day devotional, with scriptural truths and a collection of poems, to show God knows the plans and that there are blessings in the burdens of life. With scriptural examples and her own personal examples, Vernet conveys that when we are new creations in Christ, God will bring healing from the past as His promises in life free us from being bound in life's struggles today. Changes and challenges in life always come about, but we will get through earnestly in God.
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Vernet Clemons Nettles has distilled thoughts from her own prayer life, insights from her reading of Scripture, and ponderings that have arisen from her very mindful application of truth to life here on the ground. The delightful outcome is Why Should I Be Bound?, a gift to readers who take seriously the biblical truth from II Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Weaving her own original poems with devotional thoughts and the transcribed words from referenced biblical passages, Vernet reminds readers that “our thorns are given to us as a connector to the creator.” (43) She links prayer to hope with the exhortation that “asking is not the end of the request. It is the beginning because we are then instructed to seek.” (34)