Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Scent Of Water: A Book Review

About The Book:

Follow Naomi as she talks to women working in brothels in Mumbai; survivors of an Indonesian tsunami in which more than 160,000 lives were lost; a young girl waiting on an operation to save her life; and victims of domestic violence horrifically burned by fire. Be still with her when she realizes the pain she feels in the face of these extreme injustices reveals a common struggle that exists within all of humanity. And rise with her as she wrestles with confusion over her identity, comes face to face with redemption, and then begins to understand her own story … and to find her calling.
 
The Scent of Water will open your eyes to the complexities of the world, showing you pain can also be beauty, and how each are found in the unlikeliest of places.
 
Zacharias doesn’t have all the answers. But she has hope and encouragement that will empower you to find and begin the adventure of your life.


You can read an excerpt of The Scent Of Water: Grace For Every Kind Of Broken here (in PDF Format)

About The Author:

Naomi Zacharias graduated from Wheaton College. After working in sales for Coca-Cola, she joined RZIM and launched Wellspring International, an initiative devoted to providing financial grants to international efforts working with at-risk women and children. Naomi has spent time in red-light districts in The Netherlands, India, and Thailand; foster homes for children affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Asia; hospitals providing surgical treatment for women who have been victims of violence in the Congo; women’s prisons in South Africa; displacement camps in Indonesia, Uganda and Pakistan; areas of the Middle East offering aid to Iraqi refugees; and areas of Southeast Asia devastated by the tsunami of 2004. Naomi recently met and married her husband, Drew, in Florence, Italy. They currently live in Oxford, England.

Author Website:
http://www.wellspringinternational.org


My Review:

This year I have been introduced to many new-to-me authors, and while the books I have read by these authors have been very good, only a handful have really impacted me like never before. One was Ann Voskamp, with her book One Thousand Gifts. The other is Naomi Zacharias, with The Scent of Water: Grace For Every Kind of Broken.

This book is simply stunning, heartbreaking and beautiful all in one. As you read The Scent Of Water, you will be taken around the world and see the work that Well Spring International has being doing to help hurting women. As you read of Zacharias' experiences you will be challenged to examine your own life and heart and see how the hurts and struggles we experience not only draw us closer to God. Not only that, but we will be challenged to move past those hurts and live a life full and on fire for His will in our lives, and to stand up for those hurting too.


I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up! 

BUY IT: You can purchase The Scent of Water by Naomi Zacharias online, through its publisher, Zondervan. It is also available through your local Christian bookseller

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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