A Conversation with God for Women: If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?
Marcia Ford has compiled 55 commonly asked questions that women pose about God and their faith. She understands a woman's heart with all its emotional depth, intellectual puzzling, and spiritual soul-searching. In this text, Ford offers timely questions in seven different categories: God, Jesus, the Bible, Life, Prayer, Relationships, and Good and Evil.
Each section begins with a selected paragraph of Scripture that sets the foundation for the topic questions. Following this is a succinct statement about the topic itself and then the questions. Readers will find that within each section, the questions nicely fit together into a cohesive bond. For instance, under the heading "God", these issues are addressed:
- God, why don't You just reveal Yourself?
- Why do we have to face temptation?
- Why should we trust You?
- How are we made in Your image?
- How can Your Spirit live in us?
- Who's controlling our lives --- You or us?
- Why don't You prevent disasters from happening?
After each question, Ford offers some commentary on the subject and then the questions above (but in an expanded version, more conversational in tone). Next, she uses various "voices" to fully flesh out the replies. Depending upon the subject, she has God and Jesus "answer" the question in paragraph form and also makes use of different biblical female characters when pertinent. Readers will value "hearing" from Mary, Anna, Elizabeth, Martha, Eve, Sarah, Ruth, Naomi, the Harlot, and others as Ford provides their unique perspective on heart and faith issues. This trio of replies makes for a powerful and convincing "reply" that today's Christ followers will appreciate and then revisit for further examination and/or personal comfort and instruction.
Each section is worthy of the time invested in carefully reading through, but Ford's treatment of prayer is especially moving. Christians are told to pray, that God both hears and answers their prayers. Still, all will attest to "seasons" where they don't feel that God is listening and their petitions are not being answered. Ford does a lovely job addressing these heartfelt ponderings that frequently leave believers with more unanswered than answered questions. She tackles these tough theological subjects with deft and skill: God, how can we know You're listening? Do You hear everybody's prayers? Why aren't some prayers answered? Can prayer really make a difference? Is there one right way to pray? Should we pray about only major problems? Is it okay to pray repetitious prayers?
Readers will discover real depth, comfort and instruction with every answer Ford supplies. Not only will Christ followers learn and grow from a theological sense, they will learn more about how very personal their loving Heavenly Father is and how He always intends good toward them. From the first question to the final one, Ford's ability to handle difficult questions sensitively and from a biblically sound base is to be applauded and highly recommended.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on November 13, 2011