Genre- Religion/Christian Life
True North: Choosing God in the Frustrations of Life by Gary and Lisa Heim
Published by- Kregel Publications
Number of pages- 255 pages
Age Group- Adult/Older Teen
Description of book- paperback, list price $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2751-0
Extras- Pertinent discussion questions to help you determine whether you are facing north for God or south for the gods of this life.
Are you struggling with daily life: bad relationships, broken cars, troubled children? How do you respond? True North will help you determine if you turn south to gods of this world or north to God.
In this book you will read what has happened with the authors, fitting Bible verses, plus experiences from other people. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to help you understand more about what stage you are in life; self-centered grumbling and grasping or Christ-centered gratitude.
About the authors-
Gary and Lisa Heim have been married for more than twenty-five years and live in Michigan. They have two children, Brandon and Kailie, who are college-age. Gary is a limited licensed psychologist and Lisa is a licensed professional counselor. They are both adjunct professors at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. They enjoy spending time outside.
I thought this book was good. I thought the best part was, “Part Four: You-Turn.” This section repeated what had been mentioned in previous chapters, but these chapters showed me how to implement what God has freely given into my daily life.
The discussion questions at the end of each chapter certainly gave me a lot to think about. My favorite questions were in the last chapter, “Giving It Away: Mentoring Others.” The last question asking me who I am laboring for and investing in made me realize that there are people in my life who I need to invest in, so they can be saved in God and walk with him.
One of the features of this book that I thought was interesting what how each of them worked on different chapters, but the chapters flowed seamlessly together. I did notice that there were a lot of quotes from John Piper. I am more interested in his work, because those quotes work well with choosing to move to a northern focus on God instead of the selfish southern focus.
I would recommend this book to everyone, because we all need to make sure we are not “grumbling” in any parts of our daily life.
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received True North by Gary and Lisa Heim for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.