I could not put this book down. Yet, I had to put the book down. The stories of these 12 women’s lives were so engaging, profound, and thought-provoking that I had to set book down after each chapter to let it all soak in.
“He Restores My Soul,” edited by Katie Schuermann, is a collection of 14 different snippets of sufferings from the eyes of Psalm 23. Many times when we hear Psalm 23 we think happy thoughts of the Good shepherd who comforts and protects us, his happy little sheep. However, we have crosses to bear in this life and our Good Shepherd, Jesus, isn’t just the comforter of us, his sheep. He is the protector, the one who wields his staff, even on us, to protect us and keep us in his fold. These sufferings in life could tear us apart, and they would without the Good Shepherd. Instead our uncomfortable sufferings drive us to the one place where we can receive comfort, the arms of the Good Shepherd. Those arms in the form of Word and Sacrament are what wraps around us, protects us, forgives us, renews us, and strengthens our faith so that we can face the trials and tribulations ahead.
I recommend this book to anyone that has seen suffering in their life…oh hey, that’s everyone! Let it (or rather the Shepherd it points us to) be a comfort in the midst of our crosses.