Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FINDING FAVOR WITH THE KING: Preparing for YOUR Moment In HIS Presence by Tommy Tenney

Every now and then, a book comes along that forces you to slow down and really pay attention to what you are reading.  Pay attention to what you are experiencing as you are reading.  Pay attention to what you are learning from what you are experiencing as you are reading.

Every now and then, a book comes along that transforms your life.

FINDING FAVOR WITH THE KING:  PREPARING for YOUR MOMENT in HIS PRESENCE is just such a book, in my own humble opinion.

Author Tommy Tenney, an international speaker and author has always been a challenging read for me, for a number of reasons.  One, he doesn’t pull any punches.  He speaks from the heart, and his heart is tuned to listening to his Father.  If you don’t want to hear the truth, don’t open this book.

Two, Tommy Tenney can COMMUNICATE!!!  He uses illustrations, analogies, personal anecdotes, Scripture, commentary . . . whatever it takes to get his point deep into the heart of the reader.  He uses every tool in the shed to make sure that you get the point. 

Three, Tommy Tenney doesn’t waste time.  He gets right to the point.  But he does so in a way that completely covers the point, without losing your train of thought.  He shows you where he’s coming from, lets you know when he’s got there, tells you where he’s going . . . and he also shares with you the importance of the point that is currently under discussion.  He tells you how to put that particular point into action in your life, as well.  You learn from Tommy Tenney – and it doesn’t even feel like “learning” at all.

In this latest book by Tommy Tenney, the author places the book – and the life – of a young Jewish girl by the name of Haddassah.  We know her better by the Bible book that bears her name – Esther.  FINDING FAVOR WITH THE KING has become my favorite commentary on the book of Esther.  Tommy Tenney covers the historical / cultural background of Esther with the skill of a seasoned scholar, and shares the significance of those historical / cultural issues with the passion of a pastor (sorry, my Baptist roots are showing!)  For instance, were you aware that the other participants in the “beauty contest” didn’t get to go back home?  They remained in the king’s harem . . . for life.

Were you aware that the “gallows” that Mordecai prepared for Haman was not intended for hanging – but for impalement?

But the importance of the book is found in the “application.”  Tommy Tenney looks at Esther with fresh eyes, and shows us how important it is for every one of us to prepare for our own “moment” in His presence.  FINDING FAVOR WITH THE KING is not a task for an hour, or a day . . . it is a task for a lifetime.  And oh, what a day that will be when we finally get “our moment with the King!!!”

Thank you, Tommy!  I wish they had an option for 6 stars!

5 stars

FINDING FAVOR WITH THE KING:  Preparing for YOUR Moment In HIS Presence
Tommy Tenney
ISBN 978-0-7642-1172-0
Christian Living
Bethany House
238 pages
$15.99 U.S.

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