The Nature of God contains 50 Christian devotions, focusing on God’s true love and acceptance of us. The devotions portray God’s kindness, sweetness, grace, mercy and forgiveness. These devotions break down the notion that God judges us, and has strict requirements for how we should think, feel and behave. Mona’s stance is that God loves us like a parent loves their child, with the same intimacy and compassion that a loving parent would have. Immerse yourself in heart-warming declarations of God’s love, and remind yourself of the true nature of God. (from amazon.com)
Before I was a few pages into this devotional book, it was clear to me that the author herself has a real and heartwarming relationship with her God. Mona Hanna is right up front with her Christian faith, and through the 50 Christian Devotions in this book, shares her faith openly with her readers.
Mona shares how she experiences the many characteristics of God, and gives the reader a look into her own perception of God’s personality. This is done through short daily devotions. But rather than 365 devotions, the 50 devotions in the book are each given a title, which the reader can view in order to choose the devotion that aligns with their present need. Alternatively, the reader can open the book, turn to a random page, and read how that particular page can be actively applied to their current life place. This is one of the positive characteristics of this devotional.
“The Nature of God” gives us the author’s perspective of God: as being less judgmental and less of a rule enforcer, than may have been implied in the reader’s previous life descriptions of God. Mona Hanna sees God as all loving, all giving, and all protecting of His children; and would like her readers to walk away with the same feelings, or similar feelings to her own, that which is expressed in this book. Mona reinforces this as what she believes is the true nature of God.
The author uses everyday language in each devotion, which brings the reader close to the heart of the meaning in that particular day’s words. But, at the same time, Mona’s language is not too simplistic, and therefore can reach a level of shared experience.
The writing style allows for “The Nature of God” to be used in many settings, and over repeated time frames. Basically, the book may be used as the reader sees fit. This is a wonderful asset, when people are learning and growing in their faith environment.
My word of caution pertains to readers, who may choose this book as an introduction to Christian faith. The reason for this caution is that some of Mona’s comments could be perceived as theologically true, when in fact they are strictly from Mona’s life experience. To be clear, the author does not claim anything other than offering devotional prayer. However, given the writer’s style, thoughts may be construed as theological fact. For that reason, I would recommend this book be used by a strong Christian, who is versed in some elements of theology, as related to their own doctrine of practice. This critique may be remedied by the author’s use of a theological or doctrinal editor.
On the whole, Mona Hanna has done what she set out to do: provide the reader with a closer look at God’s love and acceptance of humankind. A job well done!
I asked myself where I found Joy in this book, or in my book review. I would say that I found Joy in both places. But, primarily, I found Joy that someone, Mona Hanna, cares enough about her faith, to want to share her faith with others. And I thank Mona for doing just that.