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In "Exit the Wilderness: Enter God's Promises", author Sharon Hurkens has given the reader much food for thought. She takes a somewhat unusual approach in equating the problems readers face in everyday life with the problems encountered by Moses as he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. The author believes that all tragedies have a beginning and ending point and that the choices made by those in the throes of the tragedy make situations either better or worse. While some people limp along in a helpless state, others take charge of their problems and ask God for guidance. If you feel that your life is damaged beyond healing, you will probably dwell in that helpless state and refuse to ask for deliverance from your problems. Hurkens contends that too many people place far too many "buts" in their lives before they decide to turn to God and his teachings.
There are suggestions for devotions in the book which should prove helpful to both the neophyte as well as the seasoned Christian. The devotions are correlated to Bible verses in which adversity brings people first to the brink of despair and then, to deliverance. Hurkens cautions that asking for help from God is not a one-time experience and that humans are tested time and time again. Some of the most helpful "quick hints" are contained in boxes at the sides of the pages. Statements such as "God does not always allow short cuts" and "Complaining becomes our very nature" will surely cut through the foggiest of minds. For those who feel they are living in a land of bondage, this book just may prove to be the oasis in the desert.