What People are Saying
It is impossible to encounter Kate Patterson for long without being profoundly aware of the love of Jesus. I am delighted that in this book she invites us to join with her in understanding better the amazing blessing of a relationship with God.
Nicky Gumbel, Vicar, Holy Trinity Brompton
There can be few more delightful or richer subjects than God’s blessing and this book gives it the attention it deserves. Sensible and sensitive, fresh and refreshing, thoughtful and thought-provoking; this is not just a book on blessing but of blessing.
Revd Canon J. John
This is a book about the heart. From the heart both good and bad can flow. The wonderful thing about God is that he always keeps his promises no matter what! Those promises sustain us in the light and the dark times. Persecuted Christians know this. Now it’s our turn. This exquisitely written book is full of true truth. It’s a divine satnav pointing to a God who will never leave or forsake us. Compulsory reading for those who want to be blessed to be a blessing.
Eddie Lyle, CEO, Open Doors
We often mean well with our jaunty “bless you” but our words can sadly be empty, carrying little weight. How refreshing to find a book that delves into Aaron’s wonderful blessing and opens it up, communicating God’s lavish favour and intention to be powerfully on our side.
Terry Virgo, Founder of New Frontiers
In this wise and honest book, Kate Patterson unfolds the truth and beauty of what it means to live under God’s blessing in our everyday, chequered lives. Kate has enormous insight into the riches of the Aaronic blessing, and writes with humility, candour, and compassion. This important book will encourage and refresh those who seek to know more of abundant God’s love for them.
Dr Lucy Peppiatt, Principal, Westminster Theological Centre
It can be difficult for us to reconcile God’s incredible promise of blessing with suffering. This book is beautifully written and addresses this concern with great sensitivity, compassion and insight.
Kate Webb, Consultant Psychiatrist
I found this book so deep, so thoughtful and so helpful! The Numbers 6 Aaronic blessing has always meant a lot to me and this book so helped me to understand and appreciate it more deeply. I so enjoyed the thoughtful exposition and the wonderful richness of the complementary scriptures. A very valuable book I will want to keep by me for ever.
Jenn Rees Larcombe, Author
A Note from Muddy Pearl
I first opened this lovely manuscript the morning after a terrible journey – the last train home from London had finally limped into Edinburgh at 4.45am and I into bed at 5.30am : I needed an easy day at work. But weary as I was, when I started to read, this book kindled a familiar feeling of excitement, of perhaps finding something very special, something that the Lord has given to someone to share with his people.
At the time I didn’t know that I was about to start on another journey, one of some personal difficulty and stress : this little book – and all I learned about the promise of the Lord’s blessing through it – would sustain me over the months ahead in hope and promise as I worked on it.
This is one of the most genuinely encouraging, uplifting books that I have had the privilege of working on in a long time, and we are delighted to recommend it to you. It will bless you.
Many will have heard the ‘shining’ blessing (Numbers 6:24–26) time and time again, and some, like me, have perhaps wondered what it means for us today. In this beautifully written book, Kate Patterson delves deeply and richly into this incredible blessing that was given directly from God. She writes with such compassion and wisdom and uses parts of her own story and the stories of others to demonstrate God’s intent to bless us, whatever we may be going through. In this fallen world we will suffer, and Kate addresses this issue carefully and sensitively as well as dealing with areas that regularly rob us of the peace that God wants for us, such as doubt, conflict, worry and issues around forgiveness.
Kate has a gift of communicating her thoughts and insights in a way that is clear to understand and her subtle and delightful use of humour, is refreshing and engaging. I know I need reminding regularly that we have a Saviour, Jesus Christ, who will remain with us always and who can bring good out of the worst circumstances and Kate manages to write of this amazing truth in a way that helps it to sink in deeply. She has a clear and profound desire for people to know that God loves them and wants to bless them and for people to see themselves as God sees them. This shines off every page and it must be impossible to read this book without being touched by it in some way.
At the end of each chapter, there are thoughts, questions and Bible verses that may be used to guide prayer and reflection and to respond to what has been read, which makes this book great for use as a devotional for individuals or small groups.
Jennifer Rees Larcombe says of the book: “I found this book so deep, so thoughtful and so helpful! … A very valuable book I will want to keep by me for ever.” From the foreword written by Nicky and Sila Lee – “This book could change your view of God and change your perception of yourself. In fact it could change your life, now and forever.”
I too, have been so moved and so blessed by this book. It brings Scripture alive and having read it more than once, each time I believe and understand something more of God’s desire to bless me to be a blessing to others. Kate writes this – “And be encouraged – God longs to meet with you. God wants to make his face shine upon you and through you to the world.”
Reviewed by Kate Webb, Church of England Newsletter, 13 November
“Promise” was even blogged about before its official publication date ! Kate and we are indebted to you, Dave Cooke, for this lovely review : http://bit.ly/1CYzEFB
I don’t always find it easy to get into ‘Christian books’ as it were and …
on 11 September 2015 (Amazon.co.uk)
‘I don’t always find it easy to get into ‘Christian books’ as it were and I was a little cynical when a family member gave me a copy to read but I was honestly surprised that this book is different: it’s truly excellent, compassionate, warm, real and full of stories bringing so much life and energy and made me to want to keep reading it. I love how the author uses stories so well and so compellingly and how she is straight forward, honest and shows a deep understanding of our struggles in perception and deep core beliefs as followers of Jesus and in no way considers herself above those struggles but at the same time showing the truth that God has revealed to her over the years, not an easy combination, especially from someone in church leadership.
God used this book to speak to me and to help bring transformation in areas that I really needed lately, particularly with forgiveness. Her explanation of the daily need for taking up our cross and choosing to live in forgiveness, peace and love with those who have hurt us was seriously helpful for me. She didn’t hold back in her statements as to how hard it is to forgive, it is in fact one of the hardest things to do. That was so helpful for me and actually brought practical change in areas which I was deeply struggling with.
Kate Patterson is really gifted writer and I’m looking forward to reading her next book!’
A life-changing read!
on 4 September 2015 (Amazon.co.uk)
‘I have been incredibly moved reading this lovely book and recommend it wholeheartedly. Full of personal stories and illustrations, it says all the things I’ve longed to hear or see written in print about God’s great love for us all. Makes God accessible, knowable and available and it challenges me to seek Him and live more of the life God offers. It tackles the stumbling block question of where is He when life is “messy and tough” or when we come up against “life’s jagged edges”. In this book an amazing God of Love is revealed, both in the midst of life’s best and in its struggles and trials, terrible brokenness and worldwide suffering. The author writes of our need and shows how the love of God moved to meet that need, through the giving of His Son – God with us – God for us. I will be reading and re-reading this book, digging into it and learning more and continuing to recommend it.’
The Promise of Blessing is easy to read
on 28 August 2015 (Amazon.co.uk)
‘By reflecting in depth on the shining blessing from Numbers 6 Kate Patterson shows how God desires to bless us to make us a blessing.”The Promise of Blessing” is easy to read, thoughtful, sensitive,honest and rooted in Scripture.It is a gem of a book.’
… rich theology explained in a way that makes it easy to grasp
on 28 August 2015 (Amazon.co.uk)
This is a book packed full of rich theology explained in a way that makes it easy to grasp. Flowing from engaging with the problem of suffering to expounding on the fullness of blessing found in the Holy Spirit, fully understanding what is said within will wonderfully enrich your spiritual life. It will help you grasp the blessings of Christ and the call of Christ. This extract, quoted from Henri Nouwen, captures the heart of the message beautifully:
When we claim and constantly reclaim the truth of being the chosen ones, we soon discover within ourselves a deep desire to reveal to others their own chosen-ness.’
Amazon review by Johnny
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