Book Review: As Silver Refined, by Kay Arthur


 

Disappointment can descend out of what seems like nowhere. Whether you face financial, career, personal or health disappointment, the heaviness is the same, and you may wonder where God is in all of the pain. In her book As Silver Refined, Kay Arthur teaches us how to turn disappointments into faith-strengthening “His-Appointments.” She shares her own personal testimonies as well as the inspiring — although often heartbreaking — stories of others. As Kay Arthur takes us on a journey through disappointment and its spiral into discouragement and despair, she provides Bible passages that shine God’s hope into dark places.

Arthur explains that when we see “His-Appointments” instead of disappointments, we can rejoice in the knowledge that God is using us for His divine purpose, and that He is about work in our lives. In the Chapter entitled “God’s Training in Disguise,” she reminds the reader of James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, as you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be complete and perfect, lacking nothing.”

Perhaps my greatest struggle as a person of faith has been the ability to rejoice in times of discouragement and disappointment. As Silver Refined reminded me of all the times I thought “it’s over, I’m finished,” only to find a surprising reason to rejoice in the end. I recommend this book for anyone who faces disappointment (hmm, that sounds like just about everyone!) and wonders how to sense God’s presence and love through the sadness. When you read this book, you will discover ways and reasons to “consider it all joy,” and to emerge from the fire as refined silver.

FTC Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free via Blogging for Books in return for this review. I was not obligated to write a positive review; all opinions stated in this review are my own.

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