Thursday, August 31, 2017
Get Out of That Pit - 10th Anniversary Edition - by Beth Moore
About the book:
From her first breath of fresh air beyond the pit, it has never been enough for Beth Moore to be free.
This best-selling author and Bible teacher who has opened the riches of Scripture to millions longs for you to be free as well--to know the Love and Presence that are better than life and the power of God's Word that defies all darkness.
Beth's journey out of the pit has been heart-rending. But from this and the poetic expressions of Psalm 40 has come the reward: a new song for her soul, given by her Saviour and offered to you in Get Out of That Pit--friend to friend. This is Beth's most stirring message yet of the sheer hope, utter deliverance, and complete and glorious freedom of God:
I waited patiently for the Lord
He turned to me and heard my cry
He lifted me out of the slimy pit
He set my feet on a rock
He put a new song in my mouth
It is a story, a song--a salvation--that you can know too.
I was really curious to read this book as I know of Beth Moore but had never actually read one of her books before. I was pleasantly surprised by her forthrightness and humor. She wasn't afraid to tell the whole truth, even if it put her in a bad or silly light. She wanted to make it clear that she'd been through everything she was talking about; she'd been in one pit after another and knew what it was like. She talked about how you know if you're in a pit, because a lot of people don't even realize they're in one. A couple of ways to know if you're in one is if you can't stand up under attack, such as trials, temptations or assaults or if you feel stuck. Another is that you can't see things that once may have been obvious. She also describes ways we get into pits, being thrown in by someone else,such as when tragedy happens, sliding in, so we don't realize it's happening or jumping in, knowing we're making a bad choice but doing it anyway. She talked about the importance of forgiving those who threw us into the pit and how God can ultimately bring good out of the situations, such as God using the incredibly difficult things she and her husband have gone through to minister to others, her being molested as a child and her husband having to watch his older brother burn to death as a child when they were in a fire. She described how to get out of your pit and that God is the true deliverer. People can help, but we shouldn't put them in God's place. We need to cry out, confess and consent. Finally, she explained how we can know when we're finally out of the pit. There's also a week's worth of Scripture prayers at the end of the book for crying out, confessing and consenting each day.
Even though this was a serious topic, this book was full of hope and humor. I really enjoyed Beth's writing style and how it felt like you were just sitting around drinking coffee together with a girlfriend. She used a lot of Scripture and dispensed so much wisdom. I highly recommend this book to anyone, because, after all, you might be in a pit and not even know it!
I received this book free from HandleBar in exchange for an honest review.