Nothing is Impossible with God: Book Review & GIVEAWAY

Nothing is Impossible With God: Reflections on Weakness, Faith, and Power by Rose Marie Miller

“For much of my life I kept God at a distance, building walls of self-protection and
self-reliance. I said I was a Christian but my life said, ‘I can manage without God.’”

Nothing Is Impossible CoverNothing is Impossible With God is not a book that I would normally read. If I had not been asked to write a book review and then assigned this book, I would not have read it – and I would have missed out.

Rose Marie Miller tells of a loving Father who is powerful enough to do anything, including changing the heart of a “self-righteous, independent, desperately-trying-to-keep-it-all-together pastor’s wife.” She writes honestly of her struggles and doubts, shares weaknesses and failures, and points her readers towards the God that transformed her heart through His grace and forgiveness.

This book is broken down into five sections: Rediscovering the Gospel; Facing Loss, Find Life; Learning to Pray; The God of the Impossible;  and The Ongoing Story.

Rediscovering the Gospel – This section is a sort of auto-biography, briefly telling the story of the author’s life, beginning with her childhood and early married life through the ministries she shared with her husband, Jack.

Facing Loss, Find Life – This section opens with the death of Rose Marie’s husband and how God used it to reveal Himself to her as greater than before. My favorite quote from this section is, “I knew God as a provider, a healer, one who loved the world and gave his Son for my sins, and a giver of grace but not so much as an intimate life partner. I had depended on Jack for that relationship. Jack was someone I could see, feel, touch, and hear for my strength and guidance. God knew this was not enough.”

Learning to Pray – Rose Marie Miller is the mother of Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life, one of my favorite books on prayer. This section echoes wonderfully what her son wrote in his book. She encourages women to pray in helplessness and persistence, shares how she personally learned to pray, and shows us what prayer looks like by examining the apostle Paul’s prayers and those in the Psalms.

The God of the Impossible – Impossible is an inherently human word, and we like to use it far more than we should. As Christians, however, we must remember that we serve a God with whom nothing is impossible, a God who takes the impossible and makes it possible. This section gives us examples of this through the stories of four women in Scripture: Eve, Sarah, Hannah, and Mary.

The Ongoing Story – At the end of her book, Rose Marie reminds her readers that God has power in our weakness. She speaks of the value of contentment and what this looks like in both her lives and the lives of women everywhere. She reminds us that we are part of a Kingdom that cannot be shaken even as we live in a fallen world.

I would recommend this book to any woman who is struggling with legalism, with believing the Gospel is truly for her and that her sins really are forgiven in Christ and that she is a beloved daughter of the Lord. I would recommend it to any woman who finds herself encouraged when listening to another woman’s testimony of God’s work in her life. Rose Marie writes as an older woman encouraging younger woman to look to the Lord, to truly believe in the Gospel and in the forgiveness of sins, and, in that belief, to live a missional life as a beloved daughter in service to her Heavenly Father.

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Comments

  1. Gina Reeves says:

    The next book on my list of reads is Because He Loves Me.

    I really enjoyed reading the review on Nothing is Impossible with God. I plan to add that book to my reading list.

  2. Kendal Barriere says:

    Thank you Nichole for taking the time to read and review this book. I appreciate your take and input.

    My next book is Respectable Sins, alongside Shepherding A Child’s Heart.

    • Gina Reeves says:

      Kendal, those two books are excellent books. I have read Shepherding a Child’s Heart several times, each time I do I walk away convicted of where I have not been consistent and yet encouraged and refreshed. I hope you enjoy both:)

  3. Angela Arthur says:

    I plan to read Because he Loves me or Fierce Women.

  4. Linda Cate says:

    This book, Nothing is Impossible with God, sounds like it fits the bill for a study I am planning with someone.

  5. Linda Cate says:

    I plan on reading Secrets of a Happy Heart by Debi Pryde or Respectable Sins.

  6. Alex Gonçalves da Silva says:

    The next book on my reading list is “How People Change”. Thank you for the opportunity to learn more from reading.

  7. I love Rose Marie Miller’s books!

  8. Gaila Roper says:

    Thanks Nicole for taking the time to review this book. Well done. Am interested in the Titus 2 aspect. Just finished “Wrinkled but Not Ruined” by Jay Adams(Counsel for the Elderly).It addresses the need to admonish older believers in the body to have a more biblical response/attitude toward discipleship, and finishing well to the glory of Christ! So encouraging to see what the women at MDF are reading to further discipleship ministries with each other.

  9. Nicole Henry says:

    Great job Nichole on the book review and breaking it down for us. Book reviews are so helpful especially when you have limited time and have to be picky with the books you read.

  10. The next book on my list is “Forever” by Paul Tripp

  11. Jonathan Holmes says:

    Thanks for this book review!

  12. Reread Because He Loves Me and begin Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure

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