Sylvia Bester has been part of the CBD family since August 2009 after retiring from her career in banking. She has always loved books (the smell and feel of them). Sylvia is a Social Media junkie, passionate about people and how she can make a difference in their lives by encouraging them to read good books.
Shock and Awe – Ian Coffey
You know how we all love Advent calendars especially the ones with chocolates!
In this advent book beginning on the 1st December and going right through to the 6th of January we find a spiritual treat every day as it reminds us of how Jesus birth was met with wonder, astonishment and even incredulity.
Ian describes God’s method of granting us His Grace as shock and awe. Shock that a heavenly king was to come to earth as a lowly baby and Awesomeness of the way God delivers on his promises time after time.
We begin with the story of God’s promise and covenant with Abraham in Genesis and end with John’s vision of the new heaven and earth in Revelation.
Unlike other books that once read are either passed on (hopefully) or shelved this book is one that can be re-read next year and in fact every advent as the daily readings from scripture are eternal.
What I enjoyed too were the anecdotes, snippets and quotes from other Christian writers and from the author himself which just add that little bit extra to an already challenging yet comforting little book. See the story in the postscript about the dead soldier …….
There is also a short study guide at the back of the book which is helpful and can only serve to encourage either individuals or even a small group.
If this gem is not on your” books to read” list it should be, better still buy an extra copy and “bless” someone with it. It’s far more practical and uplifting than an advent calendar.
Our normal price is R100, but we are offering this book at R70 for the month of December only. Don’t miss it…….