Saturday, October 3, 2009


If you are experiencing a difficult time in your life, or you know someone who is, this is a great book to use while you work your way through painful situations. I don’t say that casually. I’m employed as a full-time counselor for nursing students and have a master’s degree in social work, and I believe this book is a valuable tool for anyone.

Stormie O’Martian discusses how we learn to walk with our heavenly father. This hasn’t always been easy for me because I didn’t grow up having a father in the house, so it was hard to learn to trust God when my earthly father had abandoned me. Perhaps some of you have faced the same experience. Once in awhile I still need a reminder that God is there, and providing just enough light so I don’t get overwhelmed.

I love the image of just enough light because it helps me focus on what I can do today and encourages me not to look too far ahead. It reminds me of the scripture: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:33-34.

The Prayer Light in each chapter is a prayer related to the chapter. For instance, on page 36 following the chapter on, Refusing to be Afraid of the Dark, the prayer begins with “Lord thank you that because I walk with you I don’t have to fear the dark.”

Footlights provide a list of several scriptures that shine light on the chapter subject, i.e., Isaiah 50:10.

Stormie offers a study guide at the end of each chapter which is very helpful for further study and insight.


The Bottom Line: If you’re walking in a dark place, a little light will help you find your way.


  1. Jillie,

    I've never read Stormie, but I've heard she is a powerful, gifted writer. I'll have to read this book.

    As an adult, I've experienced some fairly painful incidences. And it's only because of Him I was able to make it through. I always think of Him as my "lighthouse" in the storm. I do think it helps to thank Him when we're facing that storm. The thought was foreign to me for a long time. Thank Him when I'm miserable? I didn't know how to do it, so I just started thanking Him that I wasn't going through it alone. And pretty soon my awareness of His presence grew and it became easier and easier to not only thank Him, but to identify what I was thankful for.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

  2. Oh, I forgot to say, I really like that picture. Where did you get it?

  3. Hi Jill,

    Thank you for reviewing this book. It is one thing to know (as in, with your head) to trust God in every circumstances, but it is a different thing to walk that out.

    This book sounds like provides those small stepping stones to trust. I love the title, too. It is going onto my wish list.

  4. I can think of a couple instances where that book would have made a wonderful gift, and of course, I'd like to read it too. I'll have to check this out, because I know I've heard about her in the past.

    Nice job, Jill. What a beautiful photo too. wow. WIsh I had a poster size of it.

    I think I'm guilty of trying to walk faster than I should, pushing past the light and wondering why I can' t see where I'm going.

    Everyone--have a wonderful, blessed October weekend. They're the best. I'm babysitting my granddaughter today. Is there any thing that could be better than that?

  5. Beautiful post Jill. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  6. Beautiful post, Jill! And an inspirational way to start off a cloudy, rainy, cold Midwestern day!

    Blessings to you,

  7. My non-fiction reading list is growing again! Sounds like a great book. Since this is kind of the path the Lord has been taking me and teaching me lately, I should probably read this. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  8. I like the concept of "just enough light." That is so true in my own experience. Sometimes I want God to lay out the big picture for me, and instead He speaks to me about one small step.


  9. This sounds like a great read and one I'd like to buy for a few important people in my life. I think very few of us have had perfect father figures in our lives but it's amazing to discover that our true Father will never waver or abandon us.
    Thanks Jill

  10. Hi Suzie,
    You are so right about thanking him when we're in the storm, but it takes a long time to get to that point. Let's say it took me a long time to get to that point.:) I love that picture I found for this post too and it is much larger. I'll try to find the link from photo bucket for all of you.

    And Debra this is a great book for anyone for a gift. I'm always looking for sales and stocking up on books I think would minister to someone going through a dark time.

    Lorie and Jessica,
    Hi there. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to hear from you again on this blog.

    Inkies and all,
    If you get a chance, go to my personal blog and look at the picture I have posted of Lake Dillon from the trip to Colorado. I'd like to be able to wake up to that everyday. God paints a great landscape.

    Have a great weekend.

  11. Hi Jill -

    Enjoyed the post. I saw Stormie on TV the other day. She's a strong prayer warrior.

    My one trip to Colorado is filled with beautiful memories of towering mountains and stunning rock formations.

    Susan :)

  12. It sounds like a wonderful devotional whether for a gift or to keep yourself. I'll be on the look out for it.

    Thank you, for the review, Jill.

  13. Hey Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by. Those Colorado Montains are something incredible.

  14. That's just odd. I've not read Stormie's book, but have heard the title. I've been hearing that phrase in prayer for almost a week! I think this post was my Holy Ghost nudge to get on Amazon and buy it!
    Thanks, Jill!

  15. This book is definitely going on my wish list. Thank you for the wonderful post.


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