Review by: Sharon Espeseth on July 29, 2011:
Marcia Laycock's Abundant Rain, moves me in many ways, but always in the direction of reliance on God. Story after personal story entices me to examine the way I look at my writing and to compare that to the way God might see my efforts and my attitude.
In "False Starts," Marcia encourages writers and other artists to look carefully at Paul's words in Hebrews: ". . . and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . ." We have many false starts in our writing, but we do also in our spiritual lives. As well as striving and persisting, we need to focus on Christ, who endured the cross for us. This point of view will serve us well in our spiritual lives and in our writing.
This successful writer admits to her own qualms and foibles. Any writer or artist can identify with Ms. Laycock as she explores the gamut of emotions a writer experiences. Sometimes we lack courage; other times we can become proud. Marcia opens her heart to us. We can identify with her when she is humbled. We can rejoice with her when her writing has blessed, and even changed, others.
Abundant Rain is a deep well of refreshment and a resource to ponder daily. Ms. Laycock quotes the Jewish Talmud saying, "Their prayer is the practice of their trade." I pray that each time I pick up a pen or sit down to my computer, I am mindful of this. Writers and others who feel called to serve God with the talents they are given would find this a valuable tool for their trade.