Today’s a special day for my good friend and author Jessica Greyson (Happy birthday, Jessica!). All kinds of wonderful surprises are happening over in her corner of the internet today, so check out her page for all the details (free goodies? sales? new items? You’ll have to go see for yourself.)
Among other things, her first non-fiction book releases today! I am beyond excited about this work. Jessica is the author of several fiction novels/novellas as well as a short story collection, and her creative imagination, vivid world-building, and true-to-life characters shine through each one. But after reading the little book she’s releasing today, I must say that God truly has given her a special gift for Christian living non-fiction.
This book is a beautiful testimony – a testimony of what it’s truly like as a Christian woman desiring God’s best and struggling (occasionally or regularly) with singleness. Even though I’m not the target audience of this book, I found it profoundly encouraging and challenging to my own walk with God and my levels of satisfaction in Him.
I almost never highlight while reading. Yet I’d barely read a page of this book before I switched to my highlighter, and throughout my perusal, yellow appeared many time on the pages: a testament to the profound truths contained therein.
Waiting for Isaac is simple, heartfelt, practical, and Biblical. It has a touch of a beautiful old-fashioned style as well as a helping of genuinely witty humor – an excellent balance to the subject matter, which can often be full of heartache. Painfully honest at times with a depth that will speak straight to the hearts of readers, the author has spoken simply from her very heart with the beautiful truth of the real-life lessons God is teaching and revealing.
If you’ve read books on Christian singleness before, perhaps there may be not much here you haven’t heard before. But this book needs to make your to-read pile regardless. You’ve never heard these truths presented in this way. There’s no judgment or preachiness here, only gentle truth.
It is possible that a few outlying readers may interpret some of the author’s personal anecdotes as being intended as a formula or a standard of how to approach singleness as a young girl – but to me it was unequivocally evident that no such thing is intended. The author shares her personal journey – that which God has spoken to her for this season of life – and throughout the book her purpose in encouraging her readers to listen to God is embedded constantly. This isn’t another book about “what to do if you’re single and long for a husband.” This is a book about how to seek the heart of God among the many conflicting emotions and desires incumbent in singleness. The heart of God – not the will or words or formulas of men.
Within the truth shining throughout this book is mingled the poetic description. Oh, the description! Jessica Greyson has a gift for weaving words in a way that that is pleasant to the ear and vivid to the imagination. She’s captured real, raw emotions. She’s painted pictures of our dreams. She’s used clever analogies. She’s captured human nature in a way every person can relate to. And then in the midst of it, she drops a truth bomb so profound it leave me blinking and rereading.
Are you a single girl or woman? I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Are you a married person still learning contentment? I recommend this book to you as well. Thank you, Jessica, for your prayerful time in God’s Word and in the day-to-day storms of life that have given us this encouraging masterpiece.