The Book of Comforts

Title: The Book of Comforts
Authors: Caleb Faires, Rebecca Faires, Kaitlin Wernet, and Cymone Wilder
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-45206-5

“… while all of our stories differ in circumstance, they don’t differ in the common goal: to find comfort in the God of the universe through the love letter He wrote for all of us,” Angie Smith writes in the foreword of the book, The Book of Comforts: Genuine Encouragement for Hard Times.

~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this hardbound targets those who are seeking comfort and support after dealing with tragedy. After a foreword by Angie Smith and authors’ note, eighty-nine chapters cover various discussions of dealing with pain and sorrow by finding comfort in Christ. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the CEB, CSB, GW, KJV, and NKJV are also referenced. The ending includes a conclusion and the authors’ biography; a satin marker ribbon is attached.

Divided into five sections that concentrate on God alone, praise, dark places, restoration, and truth, the concept of comfort is reviewed through the writings of three individuals (the fourth author is the illustrator) who have suffered loss and have found encouragement through God and His amazing attribute. From one to three pages each, the chapters begin with a written out Bible verse, followed by several paragraphs about the topic. Full page large-letter poster-like inserts are spread throughout that are to bring encouragement to the reader.

~ Why ~
Most of us have had to deal with the sorrow, loss, and heartbreak of life, whether it is the death of a child, parent, or loved one. I like that this book mainly focuses on the positive while learning to deal with the pain, loneliness, and uncertainty by looking toward the Almighty as the answer.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to have a book such as this, but it may help give them peace as they deal with their issues. The book contains what I call “me” content, often being only about the writer’s experience while offering little relating to the reader or God and Scriptures. I found this particularly true of one of the writers.

~ Wish ~
Since this book is about God and how He is the best Comforter, I wish it contained more Scripture and how God answered the prayers of comfort and peace. Including personal information about likes, dislikes, childhood memories, and travels were hard to correlate to feeling God’s comfort. The pictures lacked vivid colors and seemed dull and flat.

~ Want ~
If you like a book that focuses on how three individuals sought God for comfort during trying times, this is a viable option that could be given as a gift to a loved one, but it may not be exactly what you are expecting.

Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be found at https://amzn.to/2LfWTVH

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