The Grand Weaver


| Ravi Zacharias

How God Shapes Us Through The Events of Our Lives

The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives is one of the best I have read on the topic, it deals with how we are to understand the very real and emotional problem of evil that we face, whilst holding fast to the Doctrine of an all loving and all powerful God. It addresses the problem head-on with a very purposeful approach. 

Throughout the book the single thread that remains is God’s providence and wise council. Ravi uses inspiring stories and thought-provoking questions to reveal those threads. He then highlights the unseen hand of God amid our threads of suffering and joy; weaving a beautiful thread that magnifies God’s divine providence and purpose behind all things.

In each chapter, he unpacks specific threads that are common to the Christian experience and within each thread, he unpacks the mystery and the majesty of God’s purposes and handiwork. His aim is that we see and trust in the providence of God, especially when we don’t understand it. "His design for your life pulls together every thread of your existence into a magnificent work of art. Every thread matters and has a specific purpose."

Zacharias emphasises human responsibility in responding to the Father’s voice, using an analogy on how a father and son team make a silk saree in India; painting a beautiful picture of trust. The father has a pattern in mind and weaves the threads together as the son sits on the step below and awaits the father’s call before moving a shuttle that hems the threads together. As time goes on and the son responds, he begins to see the pattern unfold and beholds “the making of something spectacular."

Conclusion & TYB Rating

Overall, this is a fantastic book. Written very well and is an easy read that will be convicting for anyone who picks it up and yet it will be hard to put it down. It is a great apologetic tool to help those earnestly trying to understand where God is amid pain and despair.

It’s a must read! TYB Rating 4/5 stars.


Book review by Michael Els