I think "perseverance of the saints" is a candidate for being most discouraging letter in the TULIP acronym. Christians are glad that it is found in the end of the popular nickname for Doctrine of Grace, though maybe believers would be more happy if the “P” is actually left out. You might say “With all this talk it all boils down to persevere and I thought God did it all for us?” It feels like walking on glass every time someone talks about the perseverance. I find it discouraging sometimes when I don’t do the “persevering” part for God.
Sacred Endurance by Trillia Newbell answers the call to help Christians struggling with what it means to endure. Newbell lays it out clearly and joyfully that persevering won’t feel like a burden to us. This book is a map that will clear out the fog out of persevering.
As you read this book, you’ll see Newbell as an encouragement machine. Whenever you’re going down, she will cheer you with her biblical insight and personal stories again and again. She won’t let you down. She’ll be your personal coach pumping you up and shouting “Focus on Jesus!” Page after page you’ll be encouraged to endure in any circumstances in your Christian walk. Don’t just pick this book up when your down, get it to help you go on an extra mile with your faith.
Sacred Endurance is a book that will tell you not just the “what" but the “whys” and the “hows” of enduring. Some of us get so bogged down by the “what” that we dread to ask the “hows” and the “whys.” Newbell is an author that has been through a lot in her family life and not a theologian in an ivory tower. She is coming as a fellow learner that we will meet along the dusty road. After reading this book you’ll find joy to go on and run the Christian race!
4.5 out of 5
(Review copy of this book is provided by InterVarsity Press)
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