Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: A Deeper Kind of Calm by Linda Dillow

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; New Edition edition (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600060757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600060755

Product Description


Through the Psalms, women can learn how to positively handle the disappointments of life, discern the comforting truth found in God’s Word, and be encouraged to deal with the waves of trials, depression, and discouragement.

• Includes a 4-week Bible study

From the Back Cover


How D o We Wa l k B o l d ly Wh e n Ou r Wo r l d S e e m s t o B e C r u m b l i n g B e n e at h Ou r Fe e t ? Join celebrated author and speaker Linda Dillow on the journey to contentment with this follow-up to the best-selling Calm My Anxious Heart. Learn how to positively handle the disappointments of life and discern the comforting truth found in God’s Word. Be encouraged and learn to deal with the waves of trials, depression, and discouragement that threaten to flood our souls. Hidden in the psalms are portraits of what faith looks like in times of trial. Through them, author Linda Dillow will help you discover how to: -remember what God has done (Psalm 77) -hide in His presence (Psalm 46) -cling to Him (Psalm 63) - praise Him for all we cannot see (Psalm 84) The glorious promise from Psalm 84 is that as we walk through the “valley of weeping,” it can be turned into a place of blessing. Includes a four-week Bible study to help you further unpack the comforting truth of God’s Word.

About the Author


Linda Dillow is the author or coauthor of numerous best-selling books, including Satisfy My Thirsty Soul, Calm My Anxious Heart, Creative Counterpart, Intimate Issues, and Intimacy Ignited. Linda and her husband, Jody, lived in Europe and Asia for seventeen years training Christian leaders with Biblical Education by Extension. Linda now speaks frequently at women’s conferences. The Dillows, who have four grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Monument, Colorado.
My Review
I was looking forward to this book with great anticipation.  My ladies bible study, previous to my joining, had studied Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow and could not stop raving about it!  A Deeper Kind of Calm is a book about maintaining steadfast faith in the midst of adversity.  I very much enjoyed reading the book as well as working through the study questions.  It is a wonderful volume for dealing with the hard times in our lives.

The book is divided into a four week bible study that can be done on your own or with your bible study group. It breaks down into four different chapters from Psalms:  remember what God has done (Psalm 77), hide in His presence (Psalm 49), cling to him (Psalm 63) and praise him for all we cannot see (Psalm 84). The concluding chapter wraps up the journey we are on to face the adversities in our lives and move forward. This book helps to learn how to positively handle the disappointments of life and discern the comforting truth found in God's Word.

Ms. Dillow begins by pointing out that although Psalms is generally thought of as God's hymnal of praise, we also need to remember that it is also a book about pain.  She asks three questions:
  1. Is it possible to go through the Valley of Weeping without falling apart?
  2. Is it possible to have joy in the midst of suffering?
  3. Is it possible to grow in intimacy with the Lord as we travel through the valley?
Ms. Dillow helps us find the answers to these questions in this enlightening bible study.

You can find a sample chapter here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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