As Silver Refined ~ Answers to Life’s Disappointments by Kay Arthur opens with an introductory chapter entitled The Refiner and His Fire in which the author takes us back to a Judean village in ancient days where we experience a craftsman taking an impure ore and firing it into a pure and valuable silver in which he can see a clear image of himself, distinct and sharp.
From here, the author takes us on a journey in which God is the refiner and we are His silver. In the 15 chapters of this book, Kay Arthur speaks directly to the reader through scripture, stories, poems, analogies, and insightful answers to some hard and thought provoking questions.
She covers many different aspects of disappointment and discontentment.
She advises that it would be wise to learn the strategy of the enemy, and goes on to describe the “deadly D’s”: distraction, deception, disappointment, discouragement, dejection, despair and demoralization. She share how these create a downward spiral of deepening defeat and disorder until hope is entirely abandoned and is replaced by apathy and numbness.
She then prepares us for war by sharing battle strategies. She tells us to believe God no matter how we feel or what we think, and to simply change the ‘D’ of disappointment to an ‘H’ and add a space, turning disappointment into His appointment.
Her play on words, clever analogies, heartfelt prayers, sound advice based on solid scripture, and very complete study guide at the end of this book makes it one worth buying a new pack of highlighters for. It is great for personal study time, but will have you thinking about who you will pass it along to next. It would make a wonderful group study as well.
This book does more than just candy-coat life’s disappointments, it helps us see how God’s cleansing fire makes us as silver refined to reflect His image. It helps us embrace life’s disappointments as stepping stones to a more pure and satisfying life.
* I received this book as a member of the Blogging for Books program from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and opinions here are my own.