A short little book, this is extremely thought-provoking. I think that most people who grew up in church will know the story of Jonah, but I guarantee that you probably didn’t think about it in the way that this author presents! I’ve known the story of Jonah since I was a little girl, and I’ve always enjoyed it, but I’ve never spent time really studying it. This book, which is a “devotional commentary on the Book of Jonah” was written from sermons that the author gave in his church, and each chapter ends with a fantastic summary, a great little prayer, and some very good discussion questions. It made you really “dig in” to the truths of the story, to look at the ways that Jonah “failed”, and to consider how often we do the same thing today. It may be that none of us are thrown off a ship while we run away from doing what we know God wants us to do, but when we don’t listen to what He’s asking from us, we are the same as Jonah – avoiding what we know we need to do, and ultimately, getting in trouble because of that.
The author asked great questions, and while they were simple in some respects, they were also great for making you dig deeper. Things like “what have you learned about God?”, “how does God respond to sin?”, “what have you learned about prayer?”, “how should we handle guilt?”, statements like “define true repentance” and one of the best questions ever “does God change his mind?” – what great ways to make you consider what you read in the book, as well as the text of the book of Jonah.
The last sentence of the book (before the summary, prayer, and questions) says that “we should relate to others with the same grace with which God relates to us” and I think that is probably the most important thing to take away from the book, and from the text of Jonah. God always shows us grace, no matter what we do, no matter how far we may fall, no matter what might go wrong – do we show that same grace to others?
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way required to write anything positive – the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.