Author: Anita Higman
Publisher: Standard Publishing
Complimentary Copy: Buoyancy Public Relations
Am I glad this little gem of a book came across my path. In Were God Finds You: 40 Devotionals Bringing Bible Characters to Life, author Anita Higman accomplishes just that. Through the use of first-person narrative, Higman sets the stage for readers to enter into the various stories, allowing for the opportunity to experience the story as an observer or participant.
In addition to highlighting some of the well known characters in the Bible (i.e., Peter, Mary, Daniel, Job, and Ruth), Ms. Higman breathes fresh life to many of the lesser known people in the Bible, such as Pilate’s wife, Rahab, the woman who touched Jesus’ robe and received healing, Lydia, and Bathsheba (among others). Each person is recorded in the Bible as fulfilling a specific role or purpose, yet for many of the “lesser known” characters, few details are provided of their background. Their stories offer only a ‘slice in time’ perspective of a particular event or encounter, yet their impact and influence as recorded in the Bible was significant. I have always wanted to know more about many of them. The brilliance of Where God Finds You, is the beautiful way Ms. Higman uses first-person narrative to paint a picture of what life might have been like for each character at the moment they encountered God in a real and profound way in various contexts and circumstances. This approach enabled me to step into their shoes and identify with their situation rather than gloss over the text. (Which is so easy to do when you’ve read the story a hundred times and think you “know it.”) This method enabled me to connect with each character’s context and struggles in a deeper way, and then draw conclusions that relate directly to my life.
The format of the 40 devotionals is set up in such a way that each begins with a key verse from the Bible pertaining to the specific story highlighted. A first-person narrative of the account is followed by the passage of scripture in which the story is mentioned. Devotionals close with the author’s thoughts relating to the life of the person highlighted, along with a few guided reflection questions to help draw a connection to the person’s experience and build a bridge to the relevancy of the passage in our modern context.
Humanity has evolved over the past 2,000 years, but many components of our shared common identity have remained the same. We all want to feel loved, valued, and accepted. We struggle with family dynamics and finding our own path in life. We make poor choices and suffer the consequences. We encounter hard times and difficult circumstances. We still seek to find meaning and purpose in life and try to make sense of why terrible things happen to people. The pages of Where God Finds You are filled with characters who encountered the same circumstances we face today, and who were touched, in one way or another, by a God who demonstrated his love and care for every one of them on their journey … this is the hope conveyed in Where God Finds You: that just like the people of ancient times, God is still for us and with us today, no matter our circumstances, rank, or experiences, God offers hope, love, joy, and freedom in this life.
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Buoyancy Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.)
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About the Author
Award-winning author Anita Higman has had over thirty books published for adults and children, including Love Finds You in Humble, Texas. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of communication, psychology, and art. Find out more at www.anitahigman.com