GOD SPEAKS OF LOVING HIS CREATION
By Anthony A Eddy
Published by The Adventist Charitable Trust, Hamilton, New Zealand. February 2018
This is the eighth book in a series of End-time psalms dictated by God through the Scribe, Anthony A Eddy. While the psalms contain counselling and commentary on the current state of humanity, a major theme running through this book is man’s freewill to choose or not, his eternal destiny within the Garden of God.
While there is truth for the intellectual in Eddy’s recommendation not to read these psalms as stand-alone psalms, as they build sequentially, others will be thought-provoked enough by the first attention-grabbing sentence of each: ‘The days of embitterment filled with dissatisfaction are about to come as thunderstorms within the sky.’(p1) ‘The arrowheads of God are the means of sending messages to the hearts of man.’ (p58) ‘In the sights of God is a dangerous place to be, is a blessed place to be.’(p200) – reminding me of what Mr Beaver says about Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: “’Course he isn’t safe. But he is good. He is the King”.
Again, others will be thought-provoked enough, encouraged and uplifted by a particular stanza:
‘The beauty of My Garden has the fragrance of delight,
has the fragrance of the morning dew,
has the fragrance of the evening dusk.’ (p81)
‘The glory of My garden showcases the beautiful and the lovely,
the wonderful and marvellous,
the glorified and stately. (p178)
Some of the psalms reflect the current first world state. My first thought was that ‘The Tableting of Man’(p162) would relate to our electronic devices but it doesn’t. It speaks about the climate of fear induced by advertising which impels us to take supplements for every perceived dietary deficiency and every perceived health benefit.
Some of the psalms reflect the world opinion that dismissing the intellect is a prerequisite of faith. ‘The meetings of the minds verifies and supports the edifice of God.’ (p118)
The scholar in me found it was sometimes necessary to resort to the dictionary: the difference between salutations and greetings, crevasse and crevice, variance and variability.
The theologian in me was challenged: ‘The welcome to my garden has catch-up schools for those who were taught that the tongues of God did not exist,
were of no avail,
were to be ignored,
were not relevant,
were a demonic babbling of the day. (p232)
I conclude that these psalms could be used as a daily devotional, study topics for home-groups, sermon titles and for those who just love the language of poetry. It was almost impossible to write a review of this book as each first line, stanza or psalm really requires a review of its own! I recommend that you take the time to savour and reflect on each of these beautiful offerings.