“Sometimes Christians thought of their churches like big boats floating on the waves of a bad world. The boats kept them safe from the sea-swells of wickedness and danger and war. They were sailing, you see, to the shores of heaven.” ~Wounds Are Where The Light Enters
Wounds Are Where Light Enters by Walter Wangerin Jr.: 3/5 Stars
In Wounds Are Where Light Enters, you’ll see how God’s love breaks into our lonely moments in unexplainable ways. Wangerin tells the stories of memorable characters facing the same struggles we all face as we try to trust in God’s faithfulness.
Wounds Are Where Light Enters is a collection of stories that are warm, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but always taking unexpected turns to find the care of God in all the pathways of life. In them we find the grace that enables us to live with the answers we see and the answers we don’t see. In this collection we meet Arthur Bias, the retired black police officer who loves those who hate; Agnes Brill, the shrill piano teacher of patience; Junie Piper, precious of the homeless; Melvin, who honors his aging mother by honoring the little girl she has become; Lucian, the lover of thieves; and Blue Jack, the hammer of God.
Readers will discover in these stories a powerful display of God’s working in the lives of all of us. They’ll find a place where he works even in the dark, even in the struggles, even in the wounds. This is the place where God’s light enters.
I was able to receive an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I hope y’all enjoy this “spoiler free” review. I put the quotes because it’s another nonfiction book and I feel like it’s hard to spoil those haha. Also, this book comes out November 21st of this year! (My birthday!)
I was very thankful to receive this e-book. If you didn’t know I am a christian and I love to learn about the faith! I was a little worried to talk about my religion because some people can be rude about it or take offence to it…Anyway, I’m here to share my views on this religious book about God’s grace. 🙂
I enjoyed some of the stories in this book, but I did feel like some of the stories didn’t have a clear message or a clear showing of God’s grace in difficult times. Maybe I didn’t grasp it while other will be able to, but even when I reflected I still didn’t see the message for some stories. However, there were some really good stories in this book.
This book is important because it shows that through hard times God is with you. It lets you know that you’re not the only one going through hard times and God isn’t punishing you. God will lift you through the struggles you face daily if you just open your eyes and let him into your heart. This is shown very well as we see through this Pastor’s own experiences. He loses his temper, he isn’t perfect, he doesn’t always know what to say, but through it we see him make these mistakes and realize what he’s done. He doesn’t just ignore it and pretend he’s done nothing wrong. He asks for forgiveness and apologizes to those who deserve it. I feel often times we look at our Pastors or Priests and these people who are perfectly blessed and follow all the rules and only good things happen to them. This book helps shine some light on the fact that they aren’t perfect and they struggle too. Everyone has to deal with the daily blows life throws at us but this book shows that God is there and he will guide us through and show us the light even when it seems dark.
Something I wasn’t too fond of was his writing style. Someone else may love it, but it just wasn’t for me. However, the book was still good and so were the stories. I just wasn’t too fond of the writing overall because I felt like at times it could get jumbles and stray a little bit, but that could just be me. He has talent for sure but it just was something that bothered me a little bit.
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
This book has some amazing and uplifting stories in it that definitely reminded me of the amazing things God can do for us. I just think that this book shows the real hardships of life and how even if we struggle to overcome it that God is there to show us mercy and through his grace we can grow stronger from it.
This book was a pretty quick read and I loved that about it. I always love quick reads. This is also a book where you can read a story a night since they aren’t super long either. I enjoyed this book but it just didn’t stand out as a five-star read to me. However, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book.
I had a rough week and this book was a good pick-me-up. It just showed that others go through hard time, but God didn’t leave them and he won’t leave you. This book definitely helped me connect more to God and my faith and that’s really important to me.
“If we walk in the ways of the sustaining God and obey his commandments, then we have chosen life, for the Lord is life.”
Another thing I noticed in the stories is that Pastor Wangerin wasn’t afraid to show his emotions. There were multiple times throughout the book where he talked about crying. Often times guys are told that crying makes them less of a man, but he wasn’t afraid to admit that he cried because it’s a part of life. Sometimes it’s when you’re sad, happy, frustrated, etc. It’s great that he was able to show that emotions help keep you connected to yourself just don’t let them overtake you. Which is something portrayed throughout the novel that when we go through hard times we often lose faith and let our emotions take hold when we should be relying in God and letting him take hold of our lives.
Anyway, that’s all I have for y’all today. I recommend this book to everyone who might be interested in learning about Walter Wangerin Jr., anyone that is curious and just want to learn, or to anyone who is a Christian. This book was good and very interesting. It helped me and it might help you too. 🙂 I hope y’all enjoyed this review!