I recently received a review copy of I Don’t Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God’s Adventure For You by Grace Thornton. The book itself is beautiful, with a thick, full color printed cover, glossy pages, and a ribbon bookmark. If you are familiar with the hardback version of Jesus Calling, then you know what I am talking about. Obviously, I lot of time and money was spent on producing this book, which I assume means that Zondervan expected big things.
In my opinion, the book falls a little flat. The language of the book is as gorgeous as the book itself, but it is too disconnected to follow consistently. The story tells of the author’s journey of releasing expectations and following God, but she tells it through stories of her own life (good idea) and those stories don’t follow any specific timeline or pattern and it ends up being very difficult to follow. In the end, there were several moments of brilliance that seemed to be pointing in lots of different directions and left me unsure of how she actually got there herself.
The conclusion of the book encourages the reader to delve more deeply into scripture and bible study (GREAT idea), but I can’t say that the story that the book told drove me to this conclusion. Reading this book was reminded me of several sermons that I have heard: Inspired, but Scattered, and in the end, me left wondering if I somehow missed the point.