Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013
in Emotional, Reviews, Spiritual, Values
Author Kay Arthur explains to her readers, “We dare not go into battle unprepared!”
Throughout As Silver Refined, Kay Arthur challenges readers to prepare for life inevitable challenges.
“I WAS A FAILURE. I was convinced of it. I had failed God, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was impotent to change my circumstances. Disappointment overwhelmed me.” That kind of humility makes this book very approachable. I wish that there were more heart-connecting stories.
The author understand people and our circumstances: “The downward spiral begins…with disappointment. Disappointment comes when our expectations aren’t met. Consequently we’re not happy about it — we’re disturbed.
When this happens and we don’t conquer that disappointment in God’s way, then we spin downward into discouragement. We’re without courage. We want to give up. We want to quit because we’re disheartened. We’re ready to run rather than deal with the situation. Isn’t this evident today as we see many who, in the face of adversities, name the name of Christ while throwing up their hands or shoving them into their pockets? They walk out; they run away. Their fighting spirit— their spunk—is gone.
And what follows discouragement? Depression in its various degrees.
The first ‘degree’ of depression is dejection—a lowness of spirit, a feeling of spiritual and emotional fatigue.”
These chapter headings will give you a hint of the direction she then follows.
1 When You Feel You’re a Failure – Resisting the Spiral of Defeat
2 God’s Training in Disguise – Understanding Disappointment
3 Present Failures, Past Regrets – Two Dangerous Disappointments
4 Facing the Stress – God’s Provision in Our Pressure
5 Transformed Under His Control – The Gift of Meekness
6 Strength in the Face of Stresses – Meekness in Action
7 Facing the Pain – The Safety of His Sovereignty
8 Peace amid the Pain – Profiles of Trust in God’s Sovereignty
9 A Truth to Buy – Deeper Discoveries in God’s Sovereignty
10 Strong and Courageous – Learning Victory over Discouragement
11 A Call to Courage – Learning Endurance—in Good Company
12 Where Courage Shows Most – Secrets of Everyday Endurance
13 Turn to the Joy of the Lord – Learning Victory over Dejection
14 A Message of Hope – Learning Victory over Despair
15 Always in Triumph – Out from the Lowest Pit
As Silver Refined includes a Study Guide with a heavy emphasis on reading bible verses.
Examples of questions are these:
Pause and reflect on the last time you recall having encountered a major disappointment.
a. How did you handle it?
b. Where did it lead?
The front line is always the mind. Never forget that principle, for understanding it is the key to winning the war…. Your mind is all-important….
Do you realize that how you think really determines how you behave?…
Satan chooses the mind for his battleground because he understands so well the principle laid down in the Word, that as a man thinketh so he is….”
Conclusion: Kay Arthur is a very good teacher. This book places a high emphasis on bible verses and stories of Scripture, but they are more head-filling than heart-healing. I was hoping for a balance of both.
Many readers will be satisfied, but I was looking for more.
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.”