Simcha Natan - Awakened: 30 Days Of Waking Up And Stepping Out

Published Thursday 16th May 2019
Simcha Natan - Awakened: 30 Days Of Waking Up And Stepping Out
Simcha Natan - Awakened: 30 Days Of Waking Up And Stepping Out

STYLE: Christian Teaching
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
FORMAT: Book General book
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Forming part of the multi-platform 'Dare To Ask' series, this devotional book by Israel-based singer/songwriter and author Simcha Natan follows on from the earlier 'Dreaming With God' volume to focus on the concept of waking up spiritually to who God is and the purpose he has for our lives. As with 'Dreaming', each day's devotional consists of an accessible two page read which begins with a verse of Scripture followed by Natan's thoughts and then an encouragement to explore the day's topic further through prayer, thought and study. Natan's friendly writing style helps her to gently challenge the reader in thornier areas such as where we should seek our self-worth (the author repeatedly warns against social media obsession), the danger of being asleep to the gifts God has given us and the conditions we place on God when agreeing to use these gifts. Due to the slimline nature of this study, Natan is not able to delve too deep into any given subject and, whilst this works for the most part, the section where she puts forward the notion that failure is just an idea and doesn't actually exist feels somewhat half-baked and leftfield without further expounding. Near the end, Natan switches to a "leaving the nest" analogy to encourage the believer to soar in their relationship with God in this encouraging, thought-provoking and ultimately faith-enhancing read.

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