A Fresh Look at Psalm 23 – Guest Review by Hayley

“Grace in the Valley” by Heath Adamson is a remarkable addition to the Christian Non-Fiction genre from Baker.  Written by an author who has certainly seen valleys in his life, compassion and understanding are evident as we are shown new depths and layers to David’s beloved Psalm 23.  

I love how this book takes many famous figures of the Bible and gives us deeper meaning to their stories.  In this book, David, Daniel, Abraham and others are no longer just historical figures that we are supposed to read about.  Instead, they become very real and relatable, especially David.  I also enjoyed learning more about shepherds during Biblical times, as this offers much more depth to numerous verses found in the Old and New Testaments.

A primary theme of this book is identity, and learning who we are outside of our current circumstances, without the everyday muck of life.  In short, it helps us learn who God says we are, which is often much more than we would initially believe.  For this reason, this book can at times remind me of the message found in “The 49th Mystic”, written by Ted Dekker.  On the back cover of ”Grace in the Valley”, we see Ted Dekker’s endorsement, which, to be honest is a big reason that I decided to pick up this book, and I’m very glad I did.

“Grace in the Valley” is an excellent choice for those who have gone or are going through a valley in their lives.  It offers compassion and understanding, but also will help to shift your perspective to perhaps help you see this valley a little more how God sees it, and cling to Him, even in the darkness, through it all.

I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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