I read this wonderful book with lots of laughter and plenty of tears! Well done, Tanya.
Those Who Wait: Finding God in disappointment, doubt and delay
A Paperback edition by Tanya Marlow in English (Oct 20, 2017)
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. Those who wait is written like a gripping novel, as we encounter the wonder of the Bible afresh. Providing empathy, purpose and perspective for those mired in doubt and disappointment it includes six Bible studies, plus creative exercises and reflective questions. Perfect for personal devotion or church group discussion.
- Tanya Marlow
- Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd
- Publication date
- Oct 20, 2017
- Product dimensions
- 152 x 229 x 13mm
Customer Reviews 5 stars
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A place to live while you wait.
If you are waiting, by it's very nature you are in a season of uncertainty. Sometimes you know why you are waiting, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you know how long, mostly you don't though. Into this situation you don't want someone to tell you what to do you want a way of being that gives permission to the questions and space for the wondering. This book gives you that. It gives you a place to dwell in an active way but without expectation. Choose this book, enjoy this book, let it encourage you and influence how you live your own and other people's situations.
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I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with long term health or any other difficulty as it’s focused on waiting. Tanya writing is easy to read but at times challenging, however, I found it very helpful for me as I’m sure it will be to countless others.
If you've been waiting days, or even years for God, this book is for you.
Tanya Marlow fully understands what it means to continue to wait when life throws its worse at us and nothing changes, despite all our efforts and prayers. Through an emotional retelling of the stories of Sarah, Isaiah, John and Mary we get a glimpse of their waiting, of their hopes, their dreams and their struggles to continue to believe when life says otherwise and we are encouraged to do the same.
Imagining myself into the minds of characters in the bible through their highs and lows is something I love to do so this book has been a delight to read. My favourite quote from the book is from the story of Sarah and it is my favourite because it echoes my struggles.
"I stopped being mad at God, simply because I hadn’t the energy for it any longer." If you have no energy left to be mad at God, this book might be a good way to spend the energy you do have.
A beautiful, moving and thought provoking book for all who are ‘waiting’
Waiting is something every one of has experienced, it’s always difficult, but the pain of waiting when our prayers and longings seem to go unanswered is especially profound and challenging. As someone who has been disabled for many years through chronic illness, Tanya Marlow understands the challenges and frustrations of waiting more than most. In this beautiful new book ‘Those Who Wait’ she invites us into the lives of waiting of four biblical characters - Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary. With exquisite storytelling, combined with deep theological and biblical understanding, she tells these bible stories in a fresh and delightful way. The characters jump from the page and will easily be related to both by those who are discovering familiar stories afresh and those experiencing them for the first time. As she weaves their stories we are drawn into deep truths and immensely encouraging reflection on the power of waiting. There are no trite platitudes or easy answers to the pain and struggle of waiting, but somehow, as we walk alongside these ancient souls, are own burdens of waiting are lightened and given deeper meaning. It takes a great writing gift to create a book that is both light and accessible to all, whilst having plenty to challenge and excite the most seasoned biblical scholar, but this is what Tanya has achieved in this important new book.
The book is perfectly structured to be used for personal daily Advent reflection, or for Advent study groups, with prayers, reflection times, group questions and the particularly beautiful prayers of Benediction (or blessing) at the end of each section. I would highly recommend it for individuals or for church or small group leaders to use in Advent. But, unlike many Advent books, it could be used at any time and, if desired, simply read as the beautiful book it is. If you are planning to read it daily for Advent, the biggest challenge will be resisting the urge to keep reading once you have begun!! There is so much beauty and truth to absorb that reading it now and then returning to it as a daily reflection during Advent might be the way to go! Whatever you decide and whatever your experience of waiting – don’t wait, buy it straight away, you won’t be disappointed! (And buy an extra copy to give to a friend for Advent).