I have been very fortunate recently to be part of the launch teams for a few great books. One of these, which came out yesterday, is Tanya Marlow’s Those Who Wait.
It’s a gorgeous book which explores, through the imagined thoughts and feelings of four Bible characters, all the spiritual learning and longing that comes with waiting for something. From distant promises to urgent needs, the heartfelt desires of Sarah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary are seen from the perspective of not-there-yet, which gives a new breath of life to stories whose endings can be a little too familiar.
I loved lots of things about this book. I loved Tanya’s skillful drawing of the characters so that each of them has a distinct voice. I loved her equally clever weaving of little common elements through all of the stories (I won’t give examples, because half the fun is in spotting them for yourself). I loved the combination of creative, imaginative retelling with detailed historical notes at the end of the book. I loved her prayers, her benedictions and her insightful, gentle questions after each chapter and section. And, being an Anglican and a season-dweller, I absolutely adored that the characters correspond with the candles on an Advent wreath; this book will definitely be coming back down from the shelf in December for journaling and prayer.
Whether you are waiting for a bus, a miracle or the return of Jesus, this book is super. Grab a copy now while it’s still at the introduction price. Lots more details and a link to buy are here.