“Laying things down at the feet of Jesus and walking away is an ongoing, lifelong process. What we struggle to lay down today may be easy to lay down a year from now. It’s when it is hardest to lay it down that we learn our greatest lessons and have the greatest growth in our relationship with Jesus.” Shelley Jarl
When we read a book about someone going through a rough time, we might expect them to make comparisons to Job. We don’t expect them to make comparisons with Noah.
But that’s exactly what Shelley Jarl does in The Humidity Makes My Hair Frizz and It’s Really Starting to Stink in Here.
Her husband’s prolonged time without work, a house fire that stripped nearly every possession from them would seem to evoke an analysis of Job. But countless authors have taken that tack. Jarl’s use of Noah’s story is refreshing and insightful.
Noah built the ark, but God shut the door. And none of the ark’s inhabitants could come out until God determined it was time. Their situation was beyond their control. They had to wait. They had to wait for God to act.
Noah could not determine where the ark went or where it ended up. And when he finally was able to leave the ark, the entire world had become a very different place.
Our difficult situations parallel Noah’s case more than we may realize.
Jarl crafts her storytelling into eleven conversational Bible study chapters guiding us to relevant scriptures and questions suitable for individual contemplation or group discussion.
If you’ve hit a rough patch in life or if you lead a group study, this study book can be a quick read or a slow one–as you choose.
And you may forever see the story of Noah in a new, life-altering light.
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