Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Beautifully Prepared by Monica Schaefer, Illustrations by Julie Headland

Beautifully Prepared is a lovely illustrated book that compares the first woman, Eve, with the Bride of Christ from the book of Revelation.  This book starts with the author’s own personal story of how, like Eve, she believed the lie, like so many of us that we are just not enough.  The author shows how Eve, who had everything, was told a lie and she believed it thus putting her in bondage to the liar.  She became a slave.  I have just been studying extensively the book of Revelation, so I really enjoyed all the Bible passages that described the Bride and her relationship to her Groom.  The complete faith and trust that was so apparent in her relationship to him, because she gave up her self-governance and self-reliance.  What really spoke to me was on Pg. 39 where the author talks about what is really motivating us.  How do we really know what is truly motivating us?  Because everything else but God drives us like a slave.  God motivates us with love.  This was a beautiful book that showed the contrast between Eve and the Bride of Christ and begs to be placed on the coffee table to be looked at and pondered time and again.  The paintings themselves are beautifully abstract and give a wonderful complement to the text.  I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.

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