Disclosure: Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Books for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.
“Whatever you are feeling, God can handle it—all of it. The tears, screams, and questions. God invites you to let Him tend to your heart.”- Anne Wilson
Have you heard of Anne Wilson yet? She’s a new country singer with a hit song, “My Jesus!” Now if you have heard the song she has written a book “My Jesus” that explains how it all came about. Let me start by stating it is a good but very sad story. If you haven’t heard of her music you should totally search for it but her book, “My Jesus” can be pre-ordered now. Both are very much right to the heart and speak to you about God and her experiences. I don’t know about you but for me, I love to hear about others’ experiences with Him.
In the bluegrass fields of Kentucky, Anne Wilson and her siblings, Jacob and Elizabeth, grew up in the security and love of their family—and Jesus. By that I mean yes, they knew they were loved but they were raised with God as a center in their family. We didn’t have that growing up so reading about it is very interesting. You can see the love everyone had for Jesus but also for one another. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that they all knew they were loved. Throughout the book, My Jesus, Anne tells us about her childhood experiences and times with her brother. She weaves these stories, in such a way that you can finish the book in one setting. (You just won’t want to put it down)
Immediately I was drawn in because Anne describes herself in a way that reminded me of myself. I’m such a planner that when things don’t go according to plan I start to get anxious. I didn’t always have that so I’m guessing it is from life experiences or being part of the military life. Unlike Anne I did not grow up rooted in truth, instead, I would search for it.
I loved reading about her relationship with her brother, Jacob. I was the oldest so I didn’t have an older sibling that sat me down to listen to lectures on life. (Or as my kids say “storytime.”) You become very fond of the two of them. Then when Jacob dies in the car accident, Anne is thrust into a painful journey of grief and soul-wrestling that led to God calling her to create songs that glorified Him. So many would’ve taken this and went the other way. You feel for her. Anne struggles but you can see every moment that God just gently showed her what to do next.
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Anne Wilson seems to be reflecting a lot on a favorite passage of my own about beauty from ashes. That’s probably another reason I was drawn in. You know if you go through something so bad something good has to come out of it. The moment she gets the call that Big Daddy Weave wants her to open with a song it leads right back to that passage. It really shows God knows what he is doing and he is always there.
Have you ever had to totally lean on Jesus? I’m almost certain you’ve experienced pain. I know I have throughout my entire life. Reading Anne’s personal story you can see how she has given you a glimpse at such a hard time in her life and how Jesus turns something bad into something wonderful for her.
As you grow in faith and grow closer to God you will begin to realize whenever you are facing loss or disappointment, or anything life throws out at you. Pray. Pray to God and ask him to show you what to do. Ask him for comfort or protection.
I definitely recommend “My Jesus” this book will help encourage you, show you how God can bring purpose out of loss, offer hope in the midst of heartbreak, and remind you that God never abandons you.
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