I admit it. I first gave attention to this book because of the cover. It made me want to write a book just to have a cover like this.
Mustard Seeds, by Lynn Coulter, consists of 15 essays about faith drawn from Coulter's personal losses and trials, such as the death of her parents, her husband's job loss, their financial hardship and her shattered shoulder. Coulter offers hope to those walking through their own spiritual badlands.
I liked this book for several reasons. First of all, the book is deep and intelligent, yet simple to understand. Coulter refers to many authors, theologians and thinkers, yet the essays are short and written in everyday language so that a person who is undergoing trials and depression can stick with it--it's not too cumbersome. One major symptom of depression is not being able to concentrate and assimilate thoughts, especially if one is also suffering insomnia, commonly triggered by depression. So I actually considered Mustard Seeds' thoughtful simplicity a courtesy to the reader.
I also enjoyed Mustard Seeds because of Coulter's transparency and vulnerability as she writes about her doubts and fears. Coulter was a believer when life took a turn for the worse, so she writes from the perspective of a Christian dealing with depression, which I assume is different from someone who has not yet trusted Christ as savior. As a Christian, with the confusion and deep sadness comes guilt, frustration toward God, perhaps shame, feeling isolated from other believers, etc. I like that Coulter touched on those aspects of her struggles because they're so relatable.
Thirdly, Mustard Seeds is a book of hope, not a quick-fix, 10-step guide to getting over, but a soft-spoken word of encouragement from one who has traveled the hard path herself.
From the press release:
"In her book, Coulter shares with us her frustration at what she perceived as God's silence to her prayers but also shares the little daily markers of God's love and care that we can sometimes overlook."
Reading Mustard Seeds feels like time spent conversing with a dear old friend over a cup of coffee. Lynn's honest story of how she renewed her faith in Jesus will be a blessing and source of encouragement to her many new friends who will read this book. - Mickey Mclean, WORLD Magazine.
And if there's one thing I enjoy, it's spending time talking with a friend over a cup of coffee, especially a 2nd cup (See "Full Scoop" at the top of this page!) If you are struggling with a spiritually dry terrain or know someone who is, this would be a lovely gift to that person or yourself.
Bottom line: We're not meant to trek those lonely roads by ourselves, and Mustard Seeds would be a great "friend" in the middle of a long, sleepless night.
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