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He Never Let Go:The True Story Of A Prodigal Evangelist
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2012
This is a courageous telling of one woman's loss of faith - particularly courageous because she was an evangelist. (The first chapter had me with my heart in my mouth - what a ghastly position to be in!) But it's an autobiography that I think any Christian could identify with, and some really good lessons that many of us need to learn, if we haven't already. Grace versus works. Church versus God. Have we built our house on a foundation of sand or rock? Will our faith stand in a time of crisis? Do we believe things that actually the Bible doesn't say? Do we have to be 'really good and pure' before God will grant us the desires of our heart? And if God doesn't grant those desires, why might that be and what can we do about it? How much is our faith a 'slot machine' - "if I read my Bible every day and pray, and do lots of churchy things and good works, then and only then will God love me and grant the desires of my heart"?

This book got me thinking about aspects of my own beliefs that I've never questioned - and in my mind that has to be a good thing. Buy it, enjoy it and be challenged!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2012
The book is not a work of literary genius, but is all the better for that!

It might at some points seem muddled as Lynda tries to reason out in her own mind why she should believe in the God she eventually acknowledges she misses, but this muddle has integrity with the state of her mind at the time. The story, which loops from crisis of faith, through her initial journey of faith, back to the crisis and onwards into the future, is a difficult one, painfully and honestly told.

Reading this book will give Christian's several challenges: it will help them admit and face their own doubts, remember times when perhaps they have condemned the doubts of others, and equip them with a tool to help themselves or others. For non-Christian's it will unpack some of the 'certainties' that those who have come to share that faith have had to grapple with, as well as some of the nuances of different views on baptism. For those who have believed, but lost sight of Christ, this book will provide the comfort of knowing you are not alone.

It is above all a story that should give everyone who reads it, hope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2012
To say that Lynda had a 'crisis of faith' is an understatement. "It's a lie. It's all a lie; don't believe a word of it. Believing in the existence of God will destroy your life" are not the words of a Christian who is simply having one or two doubts, yet this is the point that Lynda, an ardent evangelist, had reached before finding God once more.
This is a wonderfully honest, moving and ultimately affirming account of losing and finding faith. There's no lightning bolt miracle and-suddenly-I-was-better moment, just a very human struggle through all the questions that arose from her crisis to a deeper heart-faith.
But there's another message in this book too. A crucially important one. Lynda's loss of faith came directly out of her status as a single woman and the natural, deep longing for a husband. The Church, frankly, does not 'do' singleness. So much of the Church's life is geared up for families and couples - in fact one of our primary models for the church is the marriage of the Bridegroom to his Chosen. There is a distinct lack of support and understanding for the needs of single people and the often deep long-term pain they endure. In 'He Never Let Go' Lynda not only bares her own pain, but presents some tough questions that most churches on the whole have failed to answer satisfactorily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this; couldn't put it down in fact. As well as being a story of rediscovering faith, it is a book that points us to grace but doesn't shy away from the really difficult questions of doubt, faith and struggle. Lynda has written from a place of complete honesty about her unwanted singleness, her motives for serving in the church, and as a result she sets us free to look again at our own lives, ask the hard the hard questions, and ultimately to receive his grace and father love afresh. An excellent and potentially life changing book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2012
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this book when it was available for free as a promotional offer but I would happily have paid full price for it because Lynda's account of her struggle with doubt is a moving and engaging read that is refreshingly honest in its revelations and reflections. This is a great read whatever your faith, as it communicates clearly how someone can begin to question what seemed so certain before and can approach such doubts in logical and reasonable ways.
I found myself recalling most of the details of the book to my wife while I read it, prompting her to ask if she could borrow my Kindle for the afternoon and evening to read it for herself. She found the story equally gripping and was disappointed to have to go to dinner as it meant she'd have to wait until later to finish the book!
Thank you, Lynda, for this honest account of your journey and I hope others are encouraged and enlightened by your moving story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
I found this book an interesting read. Faith is sometimes a wobbly bridge and it was encouraging to read about one person's questions and uncertainties as she crosses it. This account illustrates just how easy it is to slip in to 'professional' Christian mode, more so when it is your paid job to be just that; providing the 'right' answers to others on an academic level while perhaps having niggling questions yourself.
It was also encouraging to read her journey from apparent unbelief to realising that rational enquiry may not provide all the answers to every question.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with the fear that they may have lost their faith. You may just find that you are not as far adrift as you thought.
Criticisms? Well only the very minor one that there seems to be a lot of repetition of points suggesting that we, the reader, may not have 'got it' at the first attempt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2012
I really felt the emotions of the writer as i read this book. Page by page there was a feeling of entering into the authors challenges alongside her.
This is a lovely book, laced with emotion, full of challenge and above all a wonderful insight into the faithfulness of God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
Just read this in one day on my laptop.
It might not be the best written story ever but it comes from the heart.
It tells the story of one persons crises of faith, does God exist or not?
This book takes you on a compelling story as you follow this writers path from going to church as a child to giving her self to Christ to realising that God was not there to struggling with the change this made to her life.
You then follow her zig-zaging path as she tries to reason her new path out.

A great read and well worth the small amount it costs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A moving account of a crisis of faith - and how God lovingly brought Lynda back to faith in him and a heart knowledge of his love. He truly never lets go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2012
Found this book helpful, informative & interesting - A true story all about a return journey back to God from a loss of faith in Him. Loved it!
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