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Unless the Lord: A Book About Trusting the Lord through Psalm 127 by Alan Gedde is a great little study of a wonderful Psalm, where the various verses are explained and applied to modern life. Alan is a master at interpreting scripture and then using it to adjust daily living. Along with interpreting and applying, Alan shares fascinating stories of his hunting adventures. His writing aims to show that “Unless the Lord” does it, all we do is in vain. It is God who protects and provides. Society tells us, or at least used to say, that man should protect and provide for his family. I know that is old-fashioned, but it is still considered the norm among many Christians. However, if we desire to be biblical about it, God is the one who offers us protection and provision. Even though we think we are in control, it is biblical to understand our power is only an illusion. God is the only one in control.
Even if you are not a hunter, you will love Alan Geddes's hunting stories in Unless the Lord because he is a master storyteller. He can draw you into the story and make you feel like you are with him; then, he draws a biblical lesson from each story. If you love God and the Bible, you will love this book. While over forty verses in the Bible refer to working hard and being successful, Alan warns us to remember that all work is in vain unless the Lord is in control. When we relinquish control to God, we can sleep peacefully without worry. He discusses children and their importance and includes how we can nurture them in a God-honoring manner. This book will encourage you to surrender all your concerns to God and allow Him to control your life. He is anyway, so acknowledge it and enjoy the results of resting in Him.