Christian Non-Fiction

Guarded by Christ by Heather Holleman

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In Guarded by Christ, Heather Holleman explains how we can use mental images to help us recall scripture intended to keep the presence of Christ and His work in the forefront of our minds — no matter our circumstance. This is not a New Age idea, but a tool employed by Moses, King David, and even Jesus to connect people to biblical truths. Holleman points out how society is becoming evermore reliant on the internet and smart devices to store information, and as a result we are neglecting the importance of memorizing God’s Word. When we’re stressed by work, family, depression, or anxiety, we are helpless to recall the very truths that would bring us comfort, guidance, and healing.

Similar to how David envisioned God as his strong fortress or tower, Holleman asks readers to picture Him as a fortress for our souls. A place inside us where we’re crucified and guarded from sin, self, and Satan. She proceeds to “furnish” this fortress with a catapult of His righteousness, a moat representing His peace, a window of hope, and the strong arm of His power. Each furnishing is explained using relevant verses, personal accounts, and the occasional quote from a theologian. The aim is to cement the image and their concepts in the minds of her readers.  By then end, not only did I understand how God guards me by his righteousness, peace, hope, and power, but also how a life operated out of my soul fortress should look. This last point is best summarized by her statement: If our Christian life is always about “me”— my well-being, my prosperity, my purpose, and my own internal life— we’re missing the outward movement of Christ into the world to seek and save the lost and to help others grow into maturity. 

Do you battle with anxiety or depression? Could you be looking for peace in a false resting place (health, wealth, relationships, material possessions)? Do you feel like you stand condemned before God? If your answer to any of these questions was YES, then this book is for you!

I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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