I’m always looking for a good Bible study or devotional book to keep me in the Word and to help me apply it to my personal life. This book was offered by Bethany House and appealed to me because it is based on the book of Ruth from the Old Testament.
Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth was written by Sarah Jakes, the daughter of Bishop T. D. Jakes. The book consists of an introduction and 30 chapters, which makes it a great one-month devotional, or it could be offered as a small-group Bible study with several chapters read before each meeting.
Each chapter begins with a few verses from the book of Ruth, and then the author shares a personal application of the scripture. Each chapter ends with a “Journal” section followed by a “Prayer” section, which allow the reader to reflect on the scripture and apply it to their own life and then close by giving thanks or asking God for help.
Colliding with Destiny examines the life of Ruth and the struggles she endured as she remained faithful to her family and her Lord. She could have given up at any time, said it was too hard, and returned to her mother’s house, but she endured and overcame her disappointments. God redeemed her pain and restored her with blessings. Ruth went on to become the great-grandmother of King David and an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
Sarah Jakes writes with wisdom as she shares her own painful experiences and disappointments, which taught her about God’s love, redemption, and restoration. This book offers Biblical hope and encouragement for anyone struggling to overcome their past.