He Is the Light the Lord the Love of My Life
by Arlene M. Wood
Author’s Tranquility Press

"Not God first, God only. He will be only or He won’t be any. Bow to him."

Writer Wood has composed a wide-ranging paean to the wonders and benefits of following God’s ways—wonders and benefits she has personally experienced and wishes for others to share. Her work is a combination of scripture, mainly taken from the New Testament of the Holy Bible, her lively narrative, and some meaningful short poems. One of her oft-repeated phrases is “My Daddy is so God,” referencing her heavenly father. Though she briefly recounts her childhood influence as her parents took her and her siblings to church, her reflections probe in greater depth into what she considers the most meaningful connection she has now with God.

She has a great conviction that she is “the chosen mother of the Lord Jesus Christ,” a role given to her in a revelation when she was around twelve years old when she heard God speak from heaven about this and other significant incarnations. This status does not, however, endow the author with any notable sense of superiority, as her writing expresses a constant sense of awe, humility, and admirable empathy for others.

The biblical accounts she has selected frequently remind readers of the inestimable blessing given to humanity by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. She praises the Bible, too, as “the greatest book ever written” and regards it as a miracle that it is available to all people in nearly every language. She encourages her readers to acquire several versions and study them diligently, as she has been privileged to do. She warns against the “abyss of unbelief,” saying, “Your doubt will take you out,” and urges readers to attend church without any preference expressed as to denomination. She extols the practices of communion and prayer, of praising God and listening for his call.

Wood has written other works, all dealing with rich Christian subject matter. Her younger sister, she states, is “my proofreader and my right hand.” She offers this simple, neatly phrased wish several times for her audience: “You read till you fall asleep. I want you to read till you wake up.” This indicates her clear longing to bring others to the communication and connection she enjoys with God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. Her interest in this broad field of learning extends to intelligent questioning, such as asking why Joseph does not appear at his earthly son’s crucifixion. But more often, she questions her readers, suggesting that they must take her revelations and exhortations seriously and prepare for blessings yet to come, to “crave” Jesus and welcome the raptures He has prepared for his people.

The author's words, at times, take on a sermonizing voice and provide a view of her personal religious life, shown with good humor and skill with words that would doubtless make her book a delight to read in a properly staged, Christian context. Wood’s efforts at outreach are positive, varied, and sincerely targeted to those within the fold who may need reminders of what their faith means and what it could do for them if they allowed it to have a larger scope.

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