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    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

Need You Now by Beth Wiseman is about an average family and the heart wrenching trials that can suddenly hit without warning. The focus throughout the book is on the mom, Darlene, and how the difficult things that were thrown at her affected her spiritual walk with God, her husband Brad, and her three teenagers.

She comes face to face with her own personal failures as she deals with her daughter who is caught up in cutting – an emotional reaction to a deep seated desire to be seen as perfect in the eyes of those around her. Darlene’s marriage is affected by this family crisis, as well as the faith that she had always considered complete and solid.  Her personal crisis came on the heels of her efforts to help her new neighbors battle their own family difficulties. It reminds me of my own personal admonishment that I often quote to myself, “But for the grace of God, there go I.”  Throughout the book we got a constant reminder not to judge others, for they may have their own personal mountains to climb.

I was a bit disappointed with how the author presented Darlene as a Christian that indulged in risky behavior (social drinking, dancing with a man not her husband, immodest dress, flirting, etc.) that led her into making poor decisions that nearly destroyed the trust of her husband.  I did like how she wrapped up the story by showing how honesty and a penitent heart can turn a disastrous situation into one of redeeming love and forgiveness.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Handlebar Marketing.

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