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Seeing God Through the Storm Review by Susan Reed

Joanna K. Harris
Deeper Roots Publications
Orlando, Florida 32818

Drawing from her own personal experiences of loss, tragedy, and chronic illness, Joanna K. Harris explores the story of Job to discover how we can see more of God in our storms. Whether reading this book individually or in a small group, you will find life-changing truths that will empower you to draw closer to God in your storms.

Each chapter in this book focuses on a specific truth using passages from both Old and New Testaments to shine light on Job’s trials. At the end of every chapter are questions to help you think through and apply the truths in your own life. A journal page is also provided if you want to write out your answers to the questions, your thoughts, or your prayers to God. There is also a Discussion Guide at the end of the book. You can use these discussion questions in a small group or in one-on-one mentoring for more in-depth study of the truths in each chapter.

Job lost everything – his wealth, possessions, children, and health – yet he was able to say, “My ears had heard you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5). Like Job, we can learn to see God in our storms. For me, I am reminded, that I need to trust that the Lord is in control of my storms. Have you ever questioned God about a storm in your life? When storms come, the first thought we as Christians must embrace is that no matter how severe the storm becomes, we must believe that our lives have purpose. Job 1:22 reminds us that Job did not sin by charging God. Our storms may not compare to Job’s storms, yet we accuse God. Many times God allows storms in our lives so He can bring the inner healing we need. Sometimes in the midst of the storm, it seems God is silent. For several chapters Job cried out to God and God remained silent. We may not always be perceiving, but God is always speaking. God often uses storms to get our attention. I love the fact that Job humbled himself before the Lord and the Lord brought restoration. Storms may take our resources, our health, even our relationships, but they cannot take from us the grace of God!

Knowing Joanna has faithfully lived through her own storms, not simply written about these truths, with wisdom gained from her adversity, I am encouraged to preserve through my own storms.

-Product review by Susan Reed, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September, 2018.