"There are almost 200 named women in the Bible, and many more without names."
Every day we are faced with the struggle and choice of perspectives.
Will we sulk in the face of pain and challenge, staring at our feet kicking the dirt? Or will we, as Emily Wilson puts it, spend our life in awe of God's goodness and choose the sky, to look with God's perspective and live in gratitude, joy, and grace?
In I Choose the Sky, Emily Wilson has crafted together seventeen wonderful pieces for prayer from the stories of seventeen of these women from Scripture.
Each reflection starts with a short Scripture passage highlighting the widow at Nain, Lydia, or the woman at the well (for example), and then follows with a reflection of Emily's own, a prayer, and finally a few questions to bring to prayer that flow organically out of the reflection.
Not the Usual
These seventeen short vignettes include many women from the Word you may be familiar with but a refreshing number who are less popular. We really appreciated Pricilla, from the the Acts of the Apostles, getting some attention in Emily's second to last reflection. She did a great job filling out Pricilla as a bold evangelist and inspired us to imitate Pricilla's bold model of evangelization that consisted of bringing people into her home and loving them one-on-one.
Emily also resisted the urge to do the obvious and place all the women chronologically and walk through the Bible from Old Testament to New. Instead, she focused more on reader's journey through the reflections and the progression didn't seem forced but was delightful.
We realize there are a myriad of books and reflections relating to the Mother of God, but we still really missed seeing Emily's take on a reflection from the life of Mary. Maybe this was another decision to ensure I Choose the Sky didn't merely replicate the hundreds of Scriptural Devotions that have come before it.
The book is beautiful and even though the off-white page color isn't our favorite, we loved the matte cover and the perfect size of this book that could easily be carried around for seventeen days straight giving you plenty to pray with and plenty of space to write in the margins.
Our Final Take
I Choose the Sky is a collection of Scriptural Devotions for Women that confidently does what it wants and and doesn't allow the reader/prayer to sit back passively. Emily Wilson is taking you places and I'm not sure how you could seriously pray through the stories and reflections of these 18 women (Emily Wilson included!) from Scripture and not be changed, encouraged, and inspired.
We highly recommend you checkout this book of reflections and bring it to prayer!