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REVIEW: Amid ‘valleys of suffering,’ author calls for contentment


Cathy Messecar. A Still & Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Publishers, 2011. 192 pages, $13.99.
In a society that thrives on dissatisfaction and materialism, Cathy Messecar aims to set the reader’s feet firmly on the path of contentment.

In “A Still & Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment”  Messecar, a longtime teacher of women’s Bible classes at the Conroe Church of Christ in Texas, ultimately meets this goal, with a few minor missteps.

Scripture undergirds every chapter, and personal testimonies from the author and others, along with examples of biblical characters, demonstrate successful journeys over hurdles and through valleys of suffering to a trusting faith characterized by contentment.

Each chapter ends with a bulleted summary, Scriptures to memorize, thought-provoking questions, practical exercises and suggestions for prayer.

However, I was skeptical of some of the testimonies that relied on personal revelation and the heart rather than the all-sufficiency of Scripture.

Still, the book is well worth individual study or in women’s Bible classes.

ERYNN SPROUSE  is the founder and editor of ComeFillYourCup.com, an online community for Christian women. Her husband, Jeremy, preaches for the Patrick Street Church of Christ in Dublin, Texas.

  • Feedback
    Thank you, Erynn, for reviewing my book “A Still and Quiet Soul: Embracing Contentment.” I think two main reasons exist for seeking contentment, first it’s a gift from our Father, and second, the handwringers and worriers in the general population often gravitate to those who embrace the peace of God. They want the same calmness of spirit. They long for help to do life right, get life right. Our contentment could be the catalyst for their salvation. How great is that!
    May God bless you and your husband as you work in the Dublin community. I go through Dublin about once a month on a business trip with my hubby. Maybe we will meet in person some day, who knows. www.cathymessecar.com
    Cathy Messecar
    Conroe Church of Christ
    Montgomery, Texas
    August, 6 2012

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