Friday, March 21, 2008

A Steadfast Heart

A Steadfast Heart
by Elyse Fitzpatrick
P&R Publishing
PO Box 817
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865-0817
©2006 158pp Soft Cover
Not everything is going to go right in a person’s life. This does not mean that God does not love you. Those two sentences sum up the book A Steadfast Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick. In her book Mrs. Fitzpatrick describes some of the problems people have, how they can lead to spiritual doubt, and how God is there to help the people. Fitzpatrick continually references Psalm 57. That is because the Psalm is about a person who has problems but knows God will help with the problems so the Psalmist will remain true to God. A Steadfast Heart is an extension of that thought put into the perspective of the modern world. For example in the introduction Fitzpatrick briefly describes a battle with her insurance company and the confusion and frustration it brought on.
The book is divided into eight chapters. The first chapters deal with crying out to God. The next few chapters are about His answering prayers. The last few are praising God for helping. This is preferable to many modern books in that Fitzpatrick identifies the problem, discusses it, and provides a conclusion. Much of modern non-fiction looks like a disjointed mess and serves to embarrass the entire English speaking world. Mrs. Fitzpatrick should be congratulated for both providing an interesting book and not poisoning our culture with more useless words. A Steadfast Heart is marketed predominantly towards women. It comes with a CD in the back so that reader can listen to some scripture readings.

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