Somewhere in between the snotty noses, sleepless nights and incessant diapers, Denise Lilly's baby boy adjusted her sight. She saw the beauty of dependence. She saw growth in difficulties. She saw wisdom in obedience and courage in the face of change. She saw glimpses of glory. Before her son was born, she was being primed for an awakening. Being pregnant taught her aboutSomewhere in between the snotty noses, sleepless nights and incessant diapers, Denise Lilly's baby boy adjusted her sight. She saw the beauty of dependence. She saw growth in difficulties. She saw wisdom in obedience and courage in the face of change. She saw glimpses of glory. Before her son was born, she was being primed for an awakening. Being pregnant taught her about expecting, waiting, nourishing and sharing. Being a mom taught her even more. Parenthood recalibrated Lilly's faith. Through her parental eyes she grasped that God, as parent, may be acting or not acting for reasons she simply couldn't understand. Through her son's blue eyes she soaked up the simplicity of life and faith. Cling: Faith Lessons from my Son's Early Years is a collection of essays about faith, parenthood and childhood. Each chapter explores an insight into child-like faith - lessons on dependency, joy, trials, communication, perseverance and much more....
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Cling: Faith Lessons from My Son's Early Years Reviews
Cling is a well-written personal reflection of life lessons from the author's daily life raising young boys. She reflects on every day situations, her son learning to walk, or starting to show signs of toddler rebellion, and gleans a fresh perspective on our relationship with our Heavenly Father. It's hard to truly understand the love God has for us, but having kids gives us a small glimpse. Denise Lilly has so eloquently put down on paper her own faith lessons learned from raising her boys, and it's a great book to read to be encouraged in your relationship with your kids and also with God. It's not an extremely long book, but I recommend reading it in short sections so that you really have time to think about the points that might really resonate with you. The book is so relatable to me as a mother of a young child, but I think, for any reader there are still excellent parallels to be drawn about our relationship with God.
I'm not a parent yet, so I can't say that I related to a lot in the book. It was still an enjoyable read and I'm glad I was given the opportunity to read the book. A quick read, I would recommend this more for parents. I won this book in a good reads giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.
I should perhaps begin by declaring a particular interest in the theme of this book. I too have written about childlikeness and faith, and am therefore especially keen to see how others approach this subject, and to learn from their particular insights. I believe it is vitally important that we learn what it is to "become like a little child", and hence I was naturally receptive to what this book might have to say.Having said this, there was certainly no automatic guarantee that I would like this book - but like it I most certainly do. I hope you will forgive me if I draw comparisons with my own book, but having spent so much time thinking through the subject myself, I naturally notice both the differences and the similarities in approach.One obvious similarity is the structure of the book, with each chapter exploring a different aspect of childlike faith, encapsulated in single word chapter headings (e.g. "Rest", "Persist", "Commune", "Heed, "Go"). Having used the same structure myself, unsurprisingly it is an approach that I liked.Although only one of the chapter headings is shared ("Change") there is a much greater overlap in the subjects covered, and there were occasions where I felt a pleasing twinge of recognition at the conclusions being drawn and points being made. Yet there were many more occasions where Denise Lilly said things that I hadn't considered, or said them in a way that brought a whole new emphasis or insight.And whilst the two books arrive at a similar place, their starting points are very different. I begin with the Bible - in particular, Jesus' call for us to become like little children - and explore what these words might mean in practice. In contrast, Denise Lilly begins with her own experiences - observing her young children and being a parent - and through pondering these things, finds lessons for our faith. I do not recall a single Bible verse quoted directly, yet you can't help but recognise the heart of the gospel in all she has written.The emphasis of my book is primarily what it might mean for us to be childlike and to have a childlike faith. In her book, Denise Lilly focusses equally on what it means to have God as our parent, and on the relationship between parent and child. I know that I do not have the same heartfelt appreciation of this, and I would do well to read and reflect again on these things.Denise Lilly draws many important lessons from her son's early years, and expresses these in an engaging way, with many a well-turned phrase - as shown by the numerous highlights now covering my Kindle edition. If you have any desire to glimpse something more of what it means to be a child of God, I would certainly recommend this book.
This is a great book, especially for new mothers. Very easy to relate to everything the author speaks on, and very good food for thought. I would recommend this book for any mother of young children.