Steadfast Love: Review and Giveaway!

Confession time around these parts…

I love books.

You all probably knew that by now, but I seriously get anxiety over all the great books I have yet to read. I keep a shelf in my bedroom of books I read each year, and those I plan to read. I got the idea a couple of years ago from my friend Jon Acuff. It was this whole “empty shelf” challenge, and one I have kept to for the last three years. My goal each year is to match the number of books I read with the age I will be turning. That’s the only stipulation. So I read professional development, fiction and Christian living books. Every once in a while I share those on here with you all, as you’ve seen from Choose Joy, Fervent and Dancing Through Life.

This month I got a jump on my book challenge with the new release from Lauren Chandler called Steadfast Love (You can pick it up at your local LifeWay which now does price matching!). You may or may not be familiar with Lauren or her family. I have been what you’d call a “follower fan” of Matt Chandler for a while, as he pastors in Texas. Several years ago Matt fell ill and captivated alot of Christians for how he and his family navigated the diagnosis and subsequent journey under the “new normal.”

Let me say I started this book off slow, as I was finding it hard to get into personally. But I had to deal with that as this book is beautifully written on a Psalm which is personal to Lauren, but is one to be learned from by us all.

We deep dive into Psalm 107 section by section, verse by verse throughout this book. She pinpoints anchors we choose to use, instead of the the everlasting, eternal one in Christ. One such quote found in the early pages digs right at the heart of where we need to start when seeking/living in steadfast love:

What we choose to use as our anchor determines how well we will weather the seasons of life. (pg 19)

God’s steadfast love is our anchor, in the midst of any storm or seas of life, when we need rest, to enjoy the perspective, or when we need refuge.

Lauren walks you through each of those areas, from the heavy and hard to the folly of our own hands. You see her worship of Psalm 107 and it ignites within you the desire to look at the steadfast love in your own life, the anchors you fashion out of your own hands, and begin to examine the Psalm with eyes on Him. She gets to the crux of her book with the synopsis of “Sometimes he wrings the worship from our hearts.”

In truth, He does. We get wrung out through praise, but it has to be from a heart filled with steadfast love in Him from Him.

As we enter the month of love awareness (I’ll save you all my soap box on that), I wanted to encourage you to check out this book from Lauren Chandler and examine the Psalm a bit deeper as we look at steadfast love in a time where love seems to be bought and traded far too cheaply. See how His steadfast love grabbed Lauren to prepare her for a time when she needed the anchor which holds stronger than any one she could’ve fashioned for herself.


To celebrate Lauren’s release and to get this book into the hand of a reader, I am giving away a copy of Steadfast Love RIGHT HERE! All you have to do is tell us what Psalm you love in the comments and a winner will be picked at random. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 2nd!

12 thoughts on “Steadfast Love: Review and Giveaway!

  1. A few weeks back, I asked friends to share verses they thought would be meaningful for me. One said to read Psalm 31.

    “Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in trouble; my eyes are tired from so much crying; I am completely worn out.” “I was afraid and thought that he had driven me out of his presence. But he heard my cry, when I called to him for help.”

    ❤️

  2. Psalm 23 has always be my favorite. As a counselor I am a researcher and reader, so I can across a well know adaptation of the psalm. A heroin addict rewrote it to fit her addiction. It was so sad, yet it mad the psalm mean so much more to me because through that you could truly see how God is with us.

  3. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:8-11‬ ♥️

  4. Thanks for your review, Sara!

    I have spent a lot of time in the Psalms recently. They are just so rich. Over the past two years one of the special ones for me has been Psalm 23. It has moved from my head to my heart, as I’ve worshipped God as the Good Shepherd.

  5. One of my favorite Psalms is 46. Verse one, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” And verse ten was a theme for my life during one of my most trying times…”Be still, and know that I am God…”

    1. Thank you for sharing that so much! Sorry that it’s Wednesday before I got to post this but you were selected to receive the free copy of Steadfast Love! If you can send me an email with your address I’ll get this out to you this week! You can email me at sarastacy7 at gmail (dot) com

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