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The Trial by Ed Underwood tells the story of a young couple seeking God's will on a life decision, but disagreeing about how to discover His will. Their friends suggest they spend a few days hiking in the mountains with Sam a pastor, mountain man who could help them learn to discern God's will. Over the course of their hiking trip, Sam teaches them 8 principles and helps them see how their approach to finding God's will was flawed. Meanwhile they helped Sam in ways he wasn't expecting.
While this isn't a very long book, it spoke to me in a big way! I especially saw myself in accountant, Matt's desire to analyze things and be sure that they "make sense" . . .and know what's coming next. Sam's 8 principles are short and to the point, backed by scripture, and very powerful. I was torn, this book is written in a way that it would work extremely well to read one chapter, and then ponder the principle presented in that chapter, and focus on adopting that principle before moving on to the next one. However, I also wanted to know what was going to happen next to the characters and, what the next principle, Sam would teach would be. So in the end, I read this book through quickly, in just a couple days (in my pre-kid days I'd have easily read it in one sitting, but uninterrupted reading time is much harder to find these days). Now that I've read the whole book, I am going to take some time during my morning devotion time to really dig into each of the principles and work toward incorporating them into my life.
This short, easy to read book, can have a big impact!
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