Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline
By: Marlo Schalesky
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Sarah’s Barrenness in Light of God’s promised Blessing
In her book “Waiting for Wonder – Learning to Live on God’s Timeline,” Marlo Schalesky takes the reader on Saria’s journey from the shame, guilt and pain of barrenness, through years of dryness, the promise of a new start, a new dream, and a new life. And then the disappointment of living in Canaan as a foreigner and sojourner; Sarai questioned the promise but remained faithful to the only true God, Elohim. Abram’s fear and deceit in Egypt led to more shame for Sarai – and then the promise restored. Sarai waited. The promise of a son – in her old age, hope restored. More detours, more dryness, more shame, and finally – a son, Isaac, Elohim fulfilled the promised blessing. Faith rewarded.
Marlo is a gifted communicator with spiritual insight. She blends the key elements of the story with a keen sense of Biblical application and relational theology. Marlo’s writing is thoughtful, warm, sensitive, and down-to-earth. Sarai’s story reads like a novel.
“Waiting for Wonder” is written for reader’s searching for hope in the midst of disappointment, doubt, crisis, and heartbreak, looking for signs of hope of promise and purpose restored; to experience the deep indescribable joy of freedom, redemption, and the promise God’s faithfulness for a fruitful future.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Abington Press, P. O. Box 280988, Nashville, TN 37228, 978-1501820106, $16.99, 2016, 212 pages