A sudden thud to the ground during Thanksgiving season in 2009 changed the Chandler’s lives forever. Matt Chandler, a prominent Evangelical Pastor had stage 3 brain cancer. This may read like a simple headline on a twitter newsfeed, but the agony it brought to his wife Lauren was deep.
Dropping Anchor On One Passage
The book Steadfast Love is not necessarily a memoir on their trying journey, but rather an overview of one particular psalm that had brought strength to Lauren during this trial and many others throughout her life (Psalm 107). The mention of Matt’s brain cancer is more scant than what I thought it would be (gauged by the book trailer). That was personally for the best for me. Both of us still are not able to talk truly in depth about our own experience with major neurological issues and the sensitive matters that are attached to such a harsh physical infirmity. Reading about someone else’s experience with similar issues gnaws at me deeply. It hits the jugular, even to the point of causing restless sleep. The same may still be the case for Matt and Lauren Chandler.
I know it took some by surprise that we were not sojourners on a travel with Lauren during this hard season. But I can understand. It’s difficult to write the nitty gritty details of vulnerability. Maybe one day, they can have another book chronicling their journey more in depth. For now, we have the heart of a songwriter in the book Steadfast Love.
The Heart of a Singer/Songwriter
It’s no wonder Lauren Chandler is drawn to the Psalms as she is a skilled songwriter and worship leader. The Psalms breathe worship and lyrics with Psalm 107 as no exception. Lauren dives into this Psalm, examining the steadfast love from God towards His people in four different circumstances of despair: those who are wandering in the desert, then those who are locked into their own chains, others who are reaping the consequences of their own folly, then there are those who are caught up in an unexpected storm.
In Need Of A Constant, In Need Of An Anchor
The book is broken up into five parts: A Call to Worship (Psalm 107:1-3), The Desert (Psalm 107:4-9), Chains (Psalm 107:10-16), Folly (Psalm 107: 17-22), and finally, The Storm (Psalm 107: 23-43). Each part includes several chapters that espouse these passages with Lauren Chandler bringing real-to-life illustrations. Some will inevitably hit harder than others depending upon your own personal season of distress. The style is similar to another book by B&H- Priscilla Shirer’s God is Able which sits on Ephesians 3:20 with a magnifying glass to really look at the details of this one portion in the Bible.
Steadfast Love is a beautiful book- both with the lovely designed cover and the content from Lauren Chandler. Also included is a wonderfully written forward by Ann Voskamp (Author of One Thousand Gifts). Steadfast Love would make an excellent gift book for those facing their own crises moments. We need a constant in these moments of crises- an anchor for our life. God’s steadfast love is what provides this secure anchor.
I received this book for free from B&H and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”