love story

title: Love Story: The Hand that Holds Us From the Garden to the Gate

author: Nichole Nordeman

genre: Non-fiction, biblical stories, retellings, modernization

suggested by: Becca H.

dates read: November 23rd – November 25th

review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

summary: Inspired to take a new look at well worn stories from the Bible and the characters who march across the pages, Nordeman pulls these familiar characters through time and brings them into our modern world as she relates them to everyday life. From Adam and Eve, to Esther, to Jesus and Paul, she finds ways to relate to each of them and some of the struggles and triumphs they encounter, bringing us all into this Love Story with our God.

personal thoughts: Nichole Nordeman is one of my favorite Christian musicians. She writes with candor about her struggles in faith and life in general. She doesn’t have all the answers but joins me in the questions I sometimes encounter understanding aspects of the Bible and the things some of His followers go through. Having been a Christian since I was a child, and growing up in a Christian home, it’s easy to skip over stories I’ve heard time and time again. It’s nice to get a fresh perspective and see things I haven’t before. Seeing it through someone else’s eyes is a great way to see it anew.

favorite quotes:
“I wondered if it might finally put periods where question marks had taken up residence for so long.” p. xviii

“Why bother with every luminous shade of orange on the flimsy wing of a monarch if he knows how the story will end?” p. 3

“Adam and Eve. . .fell – not because they succumbed to some evil lurking in their hearts or because they felt so compelled to defy God’s careful instructions, but perhaps because they fell in love with the poisonous suggestion that they could be who they were never created to be. And in doing so, fell out of true relationship with the only One who could have told them the truth, had they asked.” p. 20

“Some days our lives read like a sonnet, and other days we feel like the misplaced apostrophe in an awkward dangle. But every day, we are woven into each line. And not one of those lines was meant to be crossed off.” p. 66

“honesty is the foundation of intimacy, and they had told God the ugly truth about how they felt about what he had permitted. They realized God could handle it. Actually wanted to handle it.” p. 150

“hearts don’t speak the jargon of appraisal.” p. 177

“This is what I envy sometimes about people who find Jesus later in life. They are so unpolluted by the language of religion that they can only speak in their own native tongue.” p. 196

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