“This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’”- Zechariah 13:1
Kay Arthur says, “The Refiner’s fire is a picture of great worth and importance to God, one He refers to often in His Word.” In her book, “As Silver Refined: Answers to Life’s Disappointments” she is explaining how we go through disappointments, why, and how to deal with them.
The beginning of the book explains how silver is refined; the difficult time consuming process of refinement, and how the end result is beautiful; but the most important thing is that during the whole process the silver is never left alone, the refiner is always there.
This book is a comparison of our life difficulties and hardships to the refinement process of silver. Arthur uses the many Scriptural verses that refer to refinement as a basis for this illustration. She artfully explores how our difficulties are refining us, drawing us closer to God, and helping us rely more on Him. She provides examples from the Bible and modern times of people who have gone through these difficulties, and how they have handled them. Each chapter covers a different disappointment we might face in life and different ways to approach it. The book also includes a 13 week Bible Study at the end.
I was touched by so much in this book. I recognized so much of myself inside each chapter. I asked myself with each topic how I have responded to those difficulties, or how I would respond to that difficulty if/when it should occur in my life. I would love to get together with a group of ladies (or couples) and go through the study in this book. I think it would be so enlightening and spur such growth to share with others how we have gone through our difficulties and how it has drawn us closer to God.
I would recommend that everyone read this book. We all go through difficulties in life. The difference is how we let those difficulties affect us. Will we choose to let them refine us or destroy us? My prayer is that I will always let them refine me like silver.
You can read the first chapter of “As Silver Refined: Answers to Life’s Disappointments” here. I pray that it will bless you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”