Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Heather C. King's Ask Me Anything, Lord

So Heather C. King blogs, and essentially takes her blog and places it in a book with her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord. She easily meshes in Biblical messages to help mainly women, though men might find something here too, find a way to relate the Bible to their lives. Now I found this to very smooth reading that is encouraging for the everyday person, but I couldn't help but feel there was danger in making so many assumptions about them either. Like Sarah who was told by God she would carry a child at 90? The author says she would have hit menopause by that point, and maybe she did, but people also lived longer in those times, and perhaps aged slower. Maybe she wasn't quite going through or over with menopause just yet?

Summary: Many of us wonder how God could love us or even accept us? Some of us go through doubts, or just feel lost in general even after we've accepted God's word. King though provides an array of some of the most popular Biblical characters, and their own struggles to give us an idea that our struggles are an old thing that God has always led people through.King also meshes in some of her life to help bring the message to life as well.

Characters: Well I do like how King really roots what she is saying in the Bible even though I'm not really a fan of The Message, and remain skeptical over the NIV. I think for this content it works though because it matches the style of writing that she is writing in. She uses a range of characters like Moses, Jacob, and Paul to share how these men and more were approached with questions from God, yet it analyzes how God used his questions. I think it's safe to say this book is mainly aimed at women, and while I do love the characters she used, I felt more women characters might have helped women relate better to the concepts. For example she utilizes Sarah story quite well, even though the menopause bit I question, but for most women I think they can relate to her reaction and struggle, and of all the stories used it really highlights the best of what King's trying to convey with her book.

Writing: There is a very motivational tone to King's writing, and it doesn't come off phony either. I think the balance of her own life and raising her children help it feel real.  A lot of books that merge the self help tone get so wrapped up in it that the book doesn't feel natural. Instead everything feels like it is written in a way to purposely induce a feeling, and while this book sort of feels like that it never feels unnatural.

Plot: Well the book sort of juggles an array of ideas. I get they all coordinate, but I thought sticking with the chapters as questions posed by the title of each would have guided it better for me. Then I could have thought over perhaps questions that God has asked people better while reading each chapter. I did like how King hits on feelings that most of any of us have felt. The book though is mainly aimed at women, though men can take something away from it too, but the tone and feelings are presented toward women more.

Ask Me Anything, Lord is motivating in the moment you are reading it. I might try to memorize some of the verses posed to memorize, but sometimes I felt the reading lulled slowly. The ideas do sometimes repeat themselves after you've gathered the point of what is being said as well. It would be hard to imagine that most don't walk away at least feeling related to by the end of this book though.

Rating 7 of 10.

This book was provided by Discovery House in exchange for a review.

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