Those who wait
I longed for a second child, but nothing seemed to happen for such a long time and for those who wait the expectancy feels like a snail on holiday. Fortunately, I did not have to mark time as long as Sarah.
Are you a fidget?
It seems that those who wait for something, often try to fill their time. I find it hard not to. It might be searching the internet for an answer or occupying my mind with what if’s. As Tanya Marlow says in her book there are the ‘little waitings’ to the ‘big waits’.
What I liked
What I like about this book is that it makes you think. To contemplate waiting. Beautifully portrayed through the stories of four people, Tanya Marlow beckons the reader in to understand waiting on a deeper level.
“The Clock – What are you waiting for? On a blank piece of paper, draw a small clock. Think about all the areas of your life where you feel ‘liminal’: in between, unfulfilled, in limbo. Around the clock, write down everything in your life that you are waiting for. Keep this clock somewhere prominent while you work through this book, as a reminder of all you’re waiting for.”
A personal journey
Consequently, “Those who wait” is a personal journey that you take alongside Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. And the book works well if you take time to ponder, reflect and meditate on the subjects. It is a tremendous personal read for Advent to prepare you for the coming of Jesus. However, it can also be used in groups and for Bible Study as it would work well for them too.
What I loved
I loved the story of Sarah, how it unfolded and could feel the weight of her disappointment. And I too have laughed at the craziness that a promise will be fulfilled. Sarah is the epitome of waiting (and what woman/mum isn’t in waiting) and a great reminder that God can do all things. Oh, how I love Sarah, human, broken and yet still waiting. But her laugh can be heard through the generations now.
What I didn’t like
Nothing – and for me, that is saying something! I know who I am going to give this book to as a Christmas present.
Would I recommend this book?
If you haven’t read this book then I would strongly recommend that you buy it for Advent or as a Christmas present. You will want to use it over again to go deeper into the process of waiting.
Thank you, Tanya, for writing this wonderful book.
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
About the book
Everyone is waiting for something: a bus; a spouse; better health; a fresh chance; a true home. Ultimately, we’re waiting for Christ to return and the world to be put right. Waiting is hard. What if the Bible is more honest than we are? What if our struggle with waiting has spiritual value?
Follow the lives of four Bible heroes who struggled with waiting: Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. Written like a gripping novel, we encounter the wonder of the Bible afresh.
Provides empathy, purpose and perspective for those mired in doubt and disappointment. Includes six Bible studies, plus creative exercises and reflective questions. Perfect for personal devotion or church group discussion.
About the Author
Tanya Marlow is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. For a decade she was a Christian minister and subsequently a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Now housebound with severe M.E., she maintains a writing ministry from her bed and campaigns for others with chronic illness and disability.
Other books by Tanya
She is the author of Those Who Wait (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2017), Coming Back to God When You Feel Empty (2015) and a contributor to Soul Bare (InterVarsity Press, 2016). She writes honestly and compassionately on the Bible, the messy edges of life and finding God in hard places.
More about Tanya
You can find her a vicarage in Devon reading fairy tales to her son, or via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, at tanyamarlow.com. Tanya Marlow is a writer, speaker and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. For a decade she was a Christian minister and subsequently a lecturer in Biblical Theology. Now housebound with severe M.E., she maintains a writing ministry from her bed and campaigns for others with chronic illness and disability.
You can find her at a vicarage in Devon reading fairy tales to her son, or via her popular blog, Thorns and Gold, at tanyamarlow.com.