It was so exciting to get Susanne Eller’s newest book in the mail the other week! I really enjoyed her last book focusing on the disciples so I was eager to hear what she had to share on living a life equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Opening up “The Spirit-Led Heart” I was not disappointed! Once again Suzie comes approaching her teaching like a friend at your kitchen table, opening up the Word with you and sharing what she’s learned and how to apply it. It’s an approach with a lot of impact!
There are ten chapters in this book and I read them for my morning devotionals over two weeks. The topics she covers begin at ‘Released from Uncertainty’ and travel to chapters on finding direction and listening to counsel, ending up at a final chapter on understanding the Spirit gives us each good gifts to use. Each chapter begins with a personal story from Suzie before she focuses in on the passage she wants to share and expands on the details of her thinking and helps to both ask and answer questions with solid biblical understanding. Each chapter ends with a summary of what was covered and a suggested prayer to help guide your conversations with the Lord.
The chapters that had the most impact on me were the ones on truth, and on a Spirit-led heart being advocated and comforted. The chapter on truth deals with understanding what lies Satan tries to make us believe and how to counter the bombardment of lies from the broken world around us and reject them with the truth of God’s Word in us. The chapter on how the spirit advocates and comforts us was touching and empowering. Suzie shares about her daughter’s cancer diagnosis and how overwhelmed she was by it but how God’s power can be illuminated through our battles and the battles that we bring to God on behalf of those we love. It really encouraged me as I thought about people I love and health struggles of my own.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is looking for some good encouragement or a good study for over the summer! The back of the book has small group study questions and would be perfect for anyone who wanted to connect with a few ladies they know!
Final Rating: 5
I have been given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.