Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Close Encounters With My Lord by Nancy Lee Hurley

Genre:  Adult, Biography

Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinons expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:

When encountering a whirlwind of emotions, it is often difficult to know just what to do. When facing difficult situations, whom do you turn to? And in times of extreme happiness, do you first thank the one who is responsible for that joy? Nancy Hurley learned at a young age that turning to God in every circumstance is the only way to make it through the tough times. When faced with the threat of a sexual predator, Nancy Hurley turned to God. When she was repeatedly put down and belittled by family members, Nancy turned to God. When she married her husband, Ron, and gave birth to her two sons, Nancy turned to God. Nancy's conversations with her Lord have been a constant in her life from the time she had to have her tonsils removed. When she was frightened, lost, sad, and overjoyed, Nancy knew the Lord would see her safely through. You will find comfort in the heartfelt prayers Nancy lifts up to God in times of need and times of joy and will be inspired by the intimate relationship Nancy shares with the one who has been her strength through thick and thin in Close Encounters with My Lord.

My Thoughts:

This is an excellent book.  We are given a look at the life of this Godly woman. Her story shows how God worked through her life. While in labor awaiting the birth of her first child the doctor had plans to go to the opera. She was praying for the labor to be over. As the doctor prepared to leave another of his patients was brought in farther along. Knowing the doctor wasn't leaving she relaxed allowing her labor to progress.  She constantly called out to God for what a lot of people would consider piddly things.  However, no prayer is too small for God. A look at her life shows that it is important that we have daily conversations with God, not only when we need him, but when we don't need him.  This book is not a miracle book like you often find that paints God as someone who answers all of your prayers if you are considered godly. He always answers prayers but not always the way we want. This is demonstrated when she talks about placing her father in a home. She didn't wait for God to handle it, she stepped in the way. Once things fell apart and she let go and let God handle it, he worked things out.  That isn't to say things always went smoothly.  I liked this book because my mother lives with us and I was able to draw parallels between some of the things she has gone through and what we are going through.  I have seen how things have not worked out because I keep trying to "help" God do things.  I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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