Barefoot, by Sharon Garlough Brown is the third in her Sensible Shoes series. The subtitle is: A Story of Surrendering to God. In this book, readers follow the same four women already introduced as they navigate a variety of losses.
It’s a story about death, but not only physical death. Relationships also die, jobs end, children grow up. Even wonderful new experiences such as getting married or having a baby, involve loss. We may lose some privacy or independence. We may have to revise the image we have of ourselves. We need to make compromises. We find we must die to the person we were before. It’s important for each of us to name and grieve our losses as we practice discerning and surrendering to God’s will for our life.
Every reader will find some situation with which they can identify, if not right now, then in the past. The characters illustrate the struggle involved in spiritual growth, as they face and deal with the same sinful tendencies again and again in different ways. Progress is often slow, but easier with friends who understand, pray and share the journey.
Sprinkled throughout the book are spiritual exercises which include a bible reading, questions for personal reflection and for group reflection. I have been using them for journaling, but the book would also be well-suited to read and study with a book club or study group.
VERDICT: 5 STARS. This series just gets better and better! Try to read them in order if you can — here are the first two: