Book Reviews: Come to Me
Come to Me, written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, is a devotional aimed at those who are overcome by weariness. In this hectic and stressful world, there is surely a large audience for this book. The author uses experiences in his own life, and those of others, to show how weariness can overcome us. A prayer and Scripture reading conclude each of the fourteen chapters. The theme of the book is Jesus' invitation to the weary in Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." I especially appreciated the author's explanation of a yoke and how taking Jesus' yoke upon us is not burdensome because it is "custom made" for each individual. Beaird encourages setting priorities: God first, then family and other relationships, and even ourselves. He reminds us that Jesus took time to be alone for prayer and refreshing. As a caregiver, I've often found myself weary and depressed. Reading Come to Me lifted my spirits and pointed to Jesus as the only true solution to the problem of weariness. This little book was very helpful to me, and I'll read it again and again.
— Marie DisBrow, Wordsmith Shoppe
Are you discouraged, weary, want to give up on the rat race, faith, life? This book is a balm to the weary soul. The fourteen easy to read chapters include such titles as He Knows Our Limits, Careful What You Pursue and His Rest Brings Joy. The topics, which include both Scripture and prayer, not only set a calm precedent for the day, but also reach deep inside to point the reader to the source of the true rest Jesus Christ. From Pg 110-11: Why do we think that we must carry our sins and sicknesses and troubles as some sort of penance for being less than we want to be, or less than we should be? Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior on the full portion of our sins, we give up the old burdens and guilt because we realize that Jesus bore them all on the cross that we could be free. Are you weary? Know someone who is? This book could make a big difference.
—Carolyn R. Scheidies, Author's Choice Reviews