At some point we all feel abandoned--by a friend, spouse, family member, or even God. We search to discover meaning for our lives. Often religion tries to confine the answers we seek to church buildings and candy-coated sermons, but in life's darkest moments hope is sometimes illuminated through the most unlikely people at the most unforeseen times. In Midnight in Aisle Seven Jay Lowder presents encouraging, raw, genuine stories of real people, including himself, to demonstrate how anyone, anywhere, can experience an encounter that brings significance to life.
It's been awhile since I've read and reviewed a book like this. I like to change things up in my reading though and read lots of different kinds of books. It helps me stay out of the rut of reading. :) I also enjoy reading personal experiences that give hope.
Here is my disclaimer for this review. I am a Christian. I DO believe that God can touch people anywhere, everywhere. I believe He loves all his children. God's love is not confined to a church building or to certain people. I also believe in organized religion though. There are always people who will hurt and disappoint no matter if it's in a religious sect or not. The truth doesn't lie with the people, but with God. I may not belong to the group of people who follow Jay Lowder or other Evangelical ministers, but I can appreciate and respect the message put forth by this book.
Okay, so having said that, here is what I liked about this book:
~It gave honest, emotional views into the lives of real people searching and needing God's love. The accounts were touching and real.
~Everyone will find something or someone in this book that they can relate to.
~It helped me remember that we should be kind because everyone we meet is fighting a hard battle and you just never know when your kindness can help change a person's life.
~It strengthened my resolve to be a better person, a better representative of the God I claim to follow.
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book:
"I guess if you stay in any place long enough, even when it is the wrong one, it can begin to feel like home." (pg. 2)
"The quickest way to grow old, hard and sick is to refuse to forgive yourself or someone else."
You can find purchase links and more information about this book at www.midnightinaisle7.com
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.