Those extraordinary little events in your life happen for a reason. A coincidence - sometimes a silly little thing - changes the course of your day, or even your life. Is it chance, is it luck, or is God communicating with you? This book is filled with true stories demonstrating that God does communicate with us, making incredible things happen in our lives every single day. Through these tangible signposts from God, we receive personalized messages that reassure us, stop us from worrying, chart our path in life, and help us keep the faith.
I love this book. Plain and simple. If I would have to name any book to get someone out of the doldrums; a book that would uplift and inspire someone, it would be this one. Sometimes there is nothing better to impact a person than a true account of the Lord's goodness. It is a tangible proof that our Almighty God cares about us when He let's us know through another's life.
So what's with the title? I love how the author explains it -
Every time you receive what some call a coincidence or an answered prayer, it's a direct and personal message of reassurance from God to you - what I call a godwink. It's similar to when you were a kid sitting at the dining room table. You looked up and saw someone you loved looking back. Mom or Dad or Granddad. They gave you a little wink. You had a nice feeling from that small silent communication. What did it mean? Probably - "Hey kid... I'm thinking about you right this moment. I'm proud of you. Everything is going to be all right." That's what a godwink is. Every so-called coincidence or answered prayer is God's way of giving you His small, silent communication. A little wink saying - "Hey kid! I'm thinking of you... right now!"
The subtitle may sound a little sketchy at first glance - How God speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence. It sounds like it could be a little spooky, a little "lining up the stars" sounding, however it isn't at all. The author wishes to draw our attention to the smallest of blessings in life that we often palm off as a mere coincidence, or pure happen-stance. A phonecall from someone we had just been talking about, a note from an old friend when you recently thought of a shared memory, an unexpected gift, money at the right time; the stories begin so simply, yet they unfold into something that clearly demonstrates God's loving hand.
SQuire Rushnell writes this book in such a charming way. Filled with a warm familiarity in amongst the many real-life stories from countless people, he shares his own moments where God has "winked" at him. His confusions, disappointments and joys have such a personable feel to them that you identify with him as though you would with a good friend. It's this type of feel the book comes with that sucks you in so quickly. Since I ended up sitting on the floor of a library corridor for fifteen minutes reading it after picking it at random, I can say from first hand experience, it is hard to put down.
Though this book could easily have compiled all these amazing little stories at random, one thing I liked about it is that they have been categorized to chapters for what you need when you need it: hope & reassurance, comfort, prayer, family, and others make it a good encourager for whatever phase you are going through. Scattered throughout them are Scriptures and quotes that correspond with each story. You might find God speaking to you through one of them here!
On the whole, this book is a clean, encouraging, inspiring read and I cannot think of anything negative to comment about it. It is one of those books that you keep on your coffee table to peek at whenever you get the chance, just to make you smile and feel God's presence. It makes a great gift, and if I could, I'd buy a copy for everyone I knew. What more can I say about it? It's a rare gem that I hope many more people discover and read.