Saturday, June 12, 2010

God Knows My Path

The paths we must travel in this life are not always easy, but no matter what we encounter, we have the assurance that God knows our paths, including every bump along the way.  Nothing has taken Him by surprise.  That is the theme of the book I read while on our recent trip.  Four long days in the van gave me ample time to read this inspiring book by Romanian Christian, Silvia Tarniceriu -- God Knows My Path.

In this book, Silvia shares about her life journey after finally being given official permission to leave Romania and immigrate to the United States.  It is a sequel to her first book -- God Knows My Size -- where she tells the very moving story of her life growing up in communist/athiest Romania, how she came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and later helped smuggle Bibles into her country, and how she was followed by the secret police and eventually imprisoned for her faith.  This is an inspiring book that you won't want to put down!!  It will encourage you to appreciate the freedoms that we still enjoy in this country.

I had the privilege of meeting Silvia a couple years ago and hearing her share her story in person.  She is such a delightful lady with a joyful, bubbly personality, yet she cried freely as she shared the horrendous things she endured under Romania's communist regime.  I can't really express what a blessing it was to meet her and hear her testimony.  I urge you to add this book to your summer reading list!  It would be good to read aloud to your children, too.  With the direction our country is going, I believe that it won't be long before Christians are persecuted right here in America.  :(

I wanted to share a passage from God Knows My Path that really stood out to me while reading it on our trip: 

"It might be easier to show off my Christianity in church, when we are in public, or somewhere among strangers.  However, the real me is seen when I m among those who know me the best, and when things don't go the way I want.  My spiritual maturity in Christ is demonstrated in the midst of the roaring waves.  I am being tested when I feel ignored or misunderstood; when I am bypassed and overlooked intentionally, or when I am disappointed by the closest friends or relatives.  That is when I prove if I am a new creation in Christ, or whether I am still in the flesh."  p. 325


Rachel said...

I need to read that book. I really love the quote that you posted. It's so true...she writes with such wisdom.

Thank you for writing.


mommyx12 said...

I keep hearing good things about this book. Thanks for your great review. I need to read it.

Rebecca's Refining said...

Sounds like a great book! You should bring one to Greenville for me to read during vacation!! :)

Mrs. White said...

It sounds like a great book!

I love the picture on your blog header. What a privilege to have so many children! You are truly blessed!

- Mrs. White

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