Monday, July 26, 2010

book review: "the edge of the divine" by sandi patty

“A dictionary defines the word edge in several ways, but my favorite is “the point at which something is likely to begin…I’ve learned that, throughout each day, we encounter points at which something is likely to begin. Edges.”

“The Edge of the Divine” is about, as the title hints, edges. Sandi Patty, through her weight-loss journey has come across edge upon edge in her life. This book is about what lead up to her decision to undergo Lap Band surgery and her life since. She talks about the times when she had no idea what God was doing but trusted Him anyway. “God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can’t understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands. God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you.”

One line from the book that stood out to me is this: “That’s my God. That’s my Jesus. He doesn’t mind getting rained on or mud-splattered. He’s right there in the storm with us.” She talks about how Jesus doesn’t wait on us to get everything together before being there for us. When we go through rough times, He’s right there with us…not afraid to get a little dirty. In life we have two options when coming upon an edge. Sandi talks about Humpty Dumpty and what might’ve happened if he fell on the other side of the wall. “We teeter on that edge, looking on either side of the wall. Neither landing site looks comfortable; there are rocks and sharp points to be endured. But sometimes, if you look a little farther in this imaginary scene, you can make a better choice by checking out the first responders to pick up the pieces.” She talks about the importance of friends who will support you during hard times and gives her own firsthand experience with her divorce and the situation surrounding her second marriage.

This was a good read and good message. Another line that jumped out at me was, “we keep trying, keep moving in the right direction, knowing that our journey isn’t about a stopwatch but about a compass.” Life is full of edges and moments when life might get a little messy. I love how each chapter begins with a scripture. My favorite was 2 Corinthians 12:7: “my grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”

Note: I received this book free to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

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