Earlier this summer, I received a copy of Surrender All: Your Answer to Living with Peace, Power & Purpose by Joni Lamb. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to read the full book yet, but I want to take a moment to share it with you because I've read enough to let me know that it's a book worth reading. And if you don't believe me since I haven't finished it, believe Francine Rivers who said:
"Surrender All is a book to be savored and saved. During a trying time in my life, Joni's words and the stories blessed me and reminded me that I can trust the Lord with everything. I can continue to cling to Provers 3:5-6. I know this book will greatly encourage everyone who reads it, and I hope thousands will!"
I had the pleasure of meeting Joni in the fall of 2004 when I appeared on her show to talk about alcoholism in the Christian home. When I wrote my novel Beyond the Shadows, I thought God wanted me to tell the story in order to help those who love an alcoholic to know they aren''t walking that path alone, to encourage them to keep trusting God in the midst of chaos. But when I reached the end of writing that book, I knew that God had also called me to write it in order to bring me to another place, a deeper place, of surrendering to Him.
In the preface to Surrender All, Joni writes:
"I share my story and the stories of others who have surrendered to the Lord in hopes that you will grasp the simple yet profound importance of surrendering your life to the One who created us all. Surrender doesn't guarantee a worry-free life. We are still faced with struggles and trials along with our daily victories and moments of great hope. My desire, most of all, is to help you find your place in a world full of chaos and human suffering. There is a place of peace, power, and purpose in this world—and it begins with one word. Surrender."
Amen. That's a priceless lesson for believers to grasp hold of.
I encourage you to read Surrender All. I know that I am going to be reading the remainder of the book very soon. It is, indeed, a book to be "savored and saved."