In this charming work that mixes Bible study, autobiography, and scriptural meditations, Sonia Coldicutt offers a refreshing look at dozens of stories from the Old and New Testaments to inspire readers to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Throughout 24 chapters, Coldicutt explores the life and teachings of Christ and includes either a short fictional story or a remembrance of her past, as well as a retelling of a scriptural passage or event. She often concludes with practical questions for prayer and reflection. Each chapter illuminates and enlivens in contemporary language such stories as the birth of Jesus, the parables, and Jesus’s resurrection.
Coldicutt, who spent years as a teacher, is a natural-born storyteller and conveys her lessons with grace and élan. Her writing is personal, instructive, and poetic, and inspires with its exuberance: “When I stand outside on a clear, moonless night, I am overwhelmed by the number and variety of stars.”
Today, many books explore the teachings of the Bible, but what makes this book so unique are the touching vignettes and modern-day examples that weave in and out of the scriptural lessons she puts forth. From wallflowers looking for dance partners to parents seeking a connection with their daughter to a man whose eyes are opened in church by a seemingly meek woman who “wouldn’t say boo to a goose,” Coldicutt erects emotionally vibrant bridges between the past and present. She does so by planting us thoroughly in the scene, allowing us to become participants in dramatic tales of faith and redemption.
Like a warm cup of tea on cold winter’s evening, Well of Living Water, is a comforting delight. Although there are a few grammatical and typographical mistakes (missing commas, occasionally dropped apostrophes, linked words, etc.), Coldicutt’s book is endearing, energizing old Biblical stories with fresh language, goodwill, wit, and care.
Christians from all walks of life will find much to appreciate, ponder, and discuss in these pages.
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