Monday, January 18, 2010

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My Journey through Doubt into Faith

Isobel Kuhn

This excellent book is the story of a young woman (then Isobel Miller) who gave up God for worldly pursuits. She was raised in a Christian home, but when she attended a secular college her faith was entirely broken down. She began walking in what she termed the "misty flats". She completely turned her back on her upbringing, until finally she was brought to a place of brokenness. She still wasn't sure she believed in God, but as a test she prayed, "If you will prove to me that You are, and if You will give me peace, I will give you my whole life." That night she slept peacefully for the first time in a long while, and the next morning she went on to keep her end of the bargain. It was a long journey, much of the book deals with the lessons learned AFTER that night. The book ends when Isobel is setting sail to be a missionary to China—now a totally changed woman.

The chapter that spoke most to me was the chapter where one by one her "tapers" were extinguished (tapers being worldly pleasures). God chose to remove the different "tapers" in her life, five of them mentioned, so that she could come out of the dimness and into the bright glory of His love. That one chapter is worth the whole book—and the book as a whole is excellent.

This book would be an excellent book for any young woman contemplating leaving her home to attend college, or for anyone struggling with worldliness.

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