One of my favorite stories in the Old Testament is about twins, Jacob and Esau, and their parents, Isaac and Rebekah. There is so much wrong in Jacob and Esau’s family that it reminds you of today’s daytime soap operas or Telenovelas. So I was pleased to discover that Tim Timberlake uses this complex family drama as a backdrop for his new book “Abandon.”
Even though this biblical story is from many years ago, Tim uses their attitudes and behaviors to illustrate God’s goodness and mercy because “probably some of us has a little of them in all of us” (page 43). The boys are “petulant” and “deceitful.” The parents are “scheming” and “checked-out.” Tim finds a way to take those character flaws and challenge us to be our best in God’s eyes.
Tim is firm but gentle throughout his book. He reminds us that our past is our past but that we can have a bright future by seeking God. The act of Abandon is linked to the act of Humility. It’s hard to admit that we have flaws or have been wronged in some way; it takes courage to ask for help to overcome those flaws or hurts that hinder us in life (page 67).
Who would I recommend this book to? It’s for anyone who wants to have a stronger relationship with God. Tim is a lead pastor at Christian Faith Center in North Carolina, so you can feel his down to earth approach in this book. You will not get lost in a lot of Christian jargon or biblical terms. Tim provides good examples to understand the scripture passages. He has structured each chapter with questions for personal reflections or to use with small group discussions as in a Bible Study. It is a good book to be given as a gift, to be used in a course, or to be read for personal development.
Just remember, “no matter the circumstance, God can turn barriers into blessings.” #Abandon
Read Well My Friends!
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