Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2013
in Relational, Reviews, Spiritual
When I picked up Sharon Jaynes’ A Sudden Glory I wasn’t sure what to expect. Fortunately, my uncertainty was assuaged by the sub-title, “God’s Lavish Response To Your Ache For Something More.”
“Abiding in, dwelling in, remaining in Christ all sound like wonderful ideas. I’m sure you’d agree there is no place we’d rather be. But what does that look like… really… practically?”
Sharon Jaynes makes it clear that our busyness, even well-intentioned does not increase the likelihood that we are abiding, connecting with Christ.
Later she quotes the Apostle Paul who wrote: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB).
Sharon Jaynes extrapolates “whatever you do” to include:
“Cleaning bathrooms to the glory of God.
Vacuuming the floor to the glory of God.
Reading my Bible to the glory of God.
Singing praises to the glory of God.
Being intimate with my husband to the glory of God.
Cooking dinner to the glory of God.
Helping in the soup kitchen to the glory of God.
Shopping for groceries to the glory of God.
Mailing packages to the glory of God.
Filing my taxes to the glory of God.”
And, I fully agree.
In her chapter entitled, “Trusting God in Tough Times”, the author expands on the importance of:
- Seeing beyond the veil
- Knowing God sees you
- Trusting in his ultimate plan
- Finding purpose in the pain
- Believing God knows best
Though she just brushes the surface of this weightily titled chapter, it’s fortunately not fluff.
There are many points with which I agreed with the author.
The most glaring disagreement I had with her might not affect most readers the way it did me.
There are three primary interpretations of the text of the Biblical book Song of Songs. Each of them have avid proponents. Sharon Jaynes wrote about it as an allagory of the love of Christ for his followers. While I agree wholeheartedly that Christ loves his followers passionately, I do not believe that the authors — divine and human — of Song of Songs intended us to read into the text more than the value of rightly ordered romantic love.
The author only refers to Song of Songs five times, so it’s not a deal-breaker, but it was a point of disagreement. Other complaints include a too-brief, two-page, journaling space and a study guide that contains relevant biblical texts, but none of the heart of the book.
Those complaints aside, I enjoyed the book and I believe that other readers will too.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”