Sunday, May 6, 2012

Book Review: Heaven In Her Arms

Heaven in Her Arms is a book that takes us on an adventurous journey into Mary’s life. We see her in three different roles throughout this journey: as a young woman, as the mother of Jesus and as the daughter of God. The one constant characteristic that we can find in all of these roles is her complete trust and obedience in her God.
The thing that I loved about this book is that the author does such a great job introducing us into Mary’s life, with all of the details that shaped her, with her inner thoughts and struggles. Every detail we can garner from the Bible about Mary's life is brought to the surface in Hickem's book so that we can understand the incredibly important role that Mary had into shaping Jesus as her child and as the Son of God, the Messiah.

And even though she does not play a central role in the nativity story, she was the person that faithfully trusted and obeyed. So her role into the nativity story was rely on God and trust that everything will happen exactly as God planned it to happen.
I grew up in the Catholic church, which puts a better emphasis on Mary's role in Jesus' life and celebrates her complete obedience to God than any of the other Christian denominations, in my opinion. This book allowed me to reconnect with the Mary I learned to know and admire growing up and also delve deeper into the story of her life.  I believe that God not only used Mary to be the mother of His son, but He is using her story to teach us women some powerful and important lessons that can help us become women after His own heart.  Mary teaches us how to fully live that perfect plan that God has for each of us.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."  

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