Having been in the Christian bookstore business for most of the last 13 years, I've had the opportunity to read or at least preview a ton of books. Every now and then one comes along that just wows me. Last week I began reading Amber Van Schooneveld's book, Hope Lives and I experienced one of those wow moments! I'm loathe to review or recommend a book that I've not yet finished reading but I'm going to make an exception in this case.
The book is designed as a 5 week study to be read daily (only 4-5 pages/day) and explores a Christian response to poverty. Wait, I know what you're thinking: "Great . . . just what I need, a book to make me feel guilty!" You're wrong. This book is not about guilt but about grace. It's a book that will inspire you, not shame you. Amber writes, "He [Jesus] isn't asking me to carry the burden of the whole world or be in charge of making sure that everything turns out just right. He carries that burden. He asks me simply to love him and love others and act accordingly." This young woman is a gifted and insightful writer that has an important message for a world that's entirely too self-focused. If you don't read another Christian title this year, read this one.