James MacDonald’s book, “Always TRUE: God’s 5 Promises When Life Is Hard” is a book forged out of MacDonald’s personal experience. His previous book, “When Life Is Hard,” was dedicated to his mom who had just completed her battle with ALS and passed into Heaven. “Always True,” is largely birthed from MacDonald’s many trials in life…from his personal bout with cancer… to various church conflicts… to the heavy burdens he carried toward his children.
The book is structured around five incredible promises God gives to the believer:
Promise #1: God Is Always with Me.
(Deuteronomy 31:6) …I Will Not Fear
Promise #2: God Is Always in Control.
(Proverbs 3:5-6) …I Will Not Doubt
Promise #3: God Is Always Good.
(Romans 8:28) …I Will Not Despair
Promise #4: God Is Always Watching
(1 Corinthians 10:13) …I Will Not Falter
Promise #5: God Is Always Victorious
(Isaiah 54:17) …I Will Not Fail
Each Chapter is broken into three parts: (1) “The Promise,” which deals with the specific promise in detail. (2) “Take To Heart,” in which the reader is challenged by questions that relate to the promise and encouraged to share his/her insight with at least one person. (3) “Know By Heart,” in which the reader is challenged with a memory verse that goes with the promise. (4) “Theology of a Promise,” in which the reader’s understanding of Divine Promise is broadened.
I loved the way MacDonald hit the perfect balance with Scripture and Personal Experience in this book. He is incredibly gifted in sharing scriptures that deal with personal experience. I found myself making countless numbers of notes in my Logos Bible Software on the Scriptures MacDonald uses. The book also has a very detailed Scripture index in the back.
I appreciate MacDonald’s transparent honesty as he mentions how his faith has been stretched with each one of these promises. He spends time talking about how you can’t really own any of these promises unless your forced to lean on them.
Moody Publishers continues to turn out books that are high quality in every way. Not only the content…but even the paper and material are high quality. The paper is bright and crisp. The book cover has raised lettering. Good job, Moody!
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest biased free review of the content.