Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review -Always True: God's 5 Promises for When Life is Hard

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Review -Always True: God's 5 Promises for When Life is Hard

About the Book
Follow bestselling author, speaker, and pastor James MacDonald as he delivers the biblical hope of God’s promises in the midst of life’s storms.

2 Peter 1:3 refers to certain portions of God’s Word as exceedingly great and precious promises. GreatPrecious promises are ones that we find strong enough to hold us up and resilient enough to get us through. God’s promises become exceedingly great and precious to us when nothing else will do. By way of digging into the theology of God’s Promises, Pastor James uncovers 5 major categories of promise in the Bible and the 5 areas about which God repeatedly makes promises. From what to do with fear and doubt to God’s goodness, help, and victory—the Bible has much to say about God’s presence in our difficulty. promises are ones that don’t fall apart during difficult times; they reveal hope in the midst of the storm.

Last year, Pastor James released When Life is Hard to point you toward hope in the midst of trials. Always True will point you to God’s promises, which are always true.

About the Author

JAMES MACDONALD received his BA from London Baptist Bible College in Ontario, his MA in 1988 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and his D.Min from Phoenix Seminary in 1996. He is the founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Pastor MacDonald is the author of Lord, Change My Attitude...Before It’s Too Late, Gripped by the Greatness of God, I Really Want to Change ... So, Help me God, Seven Words to Change Your Family; God Wrote a Book, Downpour, Ancient Wisdom, Way of Wisdom, Restore My Soul, and 10 Choices: A Proven Plan for Change.

Pastor MacDonald’s teaching, which emphasizes the precise exposition of God’s Word and its practical life application, can be heard on Walk in the Word (, a daily 30-minute radio program heard on outlets across North America, and Listen Up, a one-minute feature, which can also be heard on numerous stations.

Pastor MacDonald and his wife, Kathy have three children and reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

My Take on the Book
This book, though not long, brings the reader to a place of remembrance and knowledge that God keeps his promises to the faithful. Through stories that will touch the soul, the author offers some tips and resources for people to know God better as well as walking the reader step-by-step towards the knowledge that there is a higher power that is holding each and every one up to the life situations that we have been faced with.

The author shares five promises that he feels all people must understand and remember:
(1) God is ALWAYS with ME. I will not fear.
(2) God is ALWAYS in CONTROL. I will not doubt.
(3) God is ALWAYS GOOD. I will not despair.
(4) God is ALWAYS WATCHING. I will not falter.
(5) God is ALWAYS VICTORIOUS. I will not fail.

MacDonald does a wonderful job taking these five statements and supporting them with both Scripture and experiences. The book is very practical and allows the reader to take what is important with them by helping them make the promises their own.

I recommend this book for individual or small group Bible study.All people who are trying to become closer to God will definitely take much from this book!

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