Monday, April 22, 2013

The Singing God by Sam Storms

God Delights in You

God loves us—with all our faults and failures, with all the secret sins no one else knows about. In fact, He rejoices over us so much that He breaks out in inexpressible joy and song as He thinks about us.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” —Zephaniah 3:17

 That’s how God feels about you! He looks at you, He thinks of you…and He sings for joy!

In The Singing God Sam Storms explores God's immeasurable love for His children. You don’t need to be different; you don’t need to be better. You just need to know that God loves you just the way you are When you truly believe this, you will find the strength and incentive to fight sin, experience freedom from shame, and walk in the fullness of all that God desires for you.
   My review:
     My pastor gave me a CD with a sermon titled The Singing God a while back, so when I saw a book come up for review, I was intrigued and requested it.
      I struggle a lot with believing God loves me, and that is what this book is about. It is written for people who feel unloved by God, who have a hard time believing that God loves them. I have read several books that addressed this issue, and this is one of the better ones I have read. It is easy to read and interesting, but it isn't light fluff. The author gets real and under the surface of the problem. He offers not quick fixes, but does offer real solutions and hope for we people who struggle in this area. This book has "meat".
   I tried to take my time reading it, and was so impressed by the book that I intend to go through it again and try to soak up more of it. The book didn't "cure" me, but it has definitely given me a lot to think about and if I can truly digest what I read and take it to heart, I am sure it will do me a lot of good in the long run. I would recommend this book to anyone who finds them self doubting God's love for them, or to anyone who just needs a reminder and a fresh look at God's love.
About the author:
Sam has spent 39 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author. He was visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College from 2000-2004, and is currently Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. He has authored 22 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries. He's a graduate of The University of Oklahoma (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M) and The University of Texas (Ph.D.). He and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and are the parents of two grown daughters and have four grandchildren. On a more personal level, Sam loves baseball, books, movies, and anything to do with the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Singing God is available from Charisma Publishing.
Thanks to Charisma for the review copy.