I was so excited to get a review copy of this book. But I have to admit that it didn’t really grab me the first time I tried reading it and I had to read it a second time through to get more out of it.
The book primarily reads like the alternating journal entries of the two women behind the creation of the She Reads Truth app and devotional series. It’s clear that they have struggled with tragedies in their lives, like most of us have. From a series of recurrent miscarriages to the failing health and death of a parent, they have faced pain.
In the midst of the recounting of these painful experiences, they tell about continually turning back to God as the source of comfort and peace. Since I haven’t dealt with recurring miscarriages or the death of a parent, it was more academic than personal for me to read about. The middle of the book was the strongest, tying together scripture verses that they found particularly helpful and relevant. It was really clear that both of the authors are well-versed in the Bible.
The book comes down to two themes, which are mentioned in the subtitle: the things that are permanent and those that are passing away. Everything on Earth is passing away, which can cause us pain and suffering if we dwell on it. But if we keep our focus on the things that are permanent — God and His word — those are the real treasures that will bring us peace. The book may not have been immediately personally relatable for me, but it’s always good to get another reminder to keep the Bible as our guiding principle.