Written By Pierre M. Eade
Pierre M. Eade invites you through his book, Our Good Father, to learn about our heavenly Father, starting with a clean slate, a blank canvas. He wants to help you paint a new picture of God with the help of Jesus, the bible and his own thoughts and experiences.
As John 14:6 (NIV) says: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Pierre uses Jesus’ teachings in the bible to describe Our Good Father, how He loves us, and how He helps and provides for us. It took me quite a long time in my life to learn and believe how truly valuable God feels that I am. I’m not perfect, and I felt that he had way more important people to care about than me. The following two verses helped me start to realize how special I am to God.
What is the price of two sparrows–one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. Matthew 10:29 NLT
What is the price of five sparrows–two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. Luke 12:6 NLT
Wow – that’s right. We don’t see birds falling out of the sky and think, God forgot about another one. Or ooops, I wonder what that bird did to piss off God, he fell to the ground. And then in Luke 12:24 NLT Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
When I started believing this, my life became not only better, but more enriched by the goodness of Our Good Father.
In chapter 6 of Our Good Father, Pierre teaches about A Father Who Heals Us, which includes forgiveness. When he talks about the importance of forgiving others, Pierre called it out honestly when he stated “I forgive them, Lord. Now you go after them.” After a break-in and burglary in my home I knew that I wouldn’t be able to heal from this violation until I forgave the people who had hurt me. But forgiving them did get a little bit easier, when I knew that my Father would judge them and bring justice for me.
I enjoyed chapter 8 entitled Words to be Savored where Pierre breaks down and explains the Lord’s Prayer piece by piece. I was interested in Pierre’s interpretation of one piece in particular “our daily bread.” He explains how God provides for us and he gives us provision. I personally do agree with that, but have a different feeling about “our daily bread.” As I read in John chapter 6 (NASB). Jesus states, 35 “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believe in Me will never thirst.” 38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 40 “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life.” 41 “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” So next time you pray The Lord’s Prayer, consider Jesus as your daily bread.
The book is easy to read, and it just seemed to have a rhythm to it like a conversation over coffee. Pierre has a sense of humor and an easy going writing style. He’s not an author that fills up the empty space with big words to make his point sound more important. I only found one typo. Each chapter is broken down into the chapters lesson, points to remember, prayer, meditation, group discussion questions or prompts and scripture to study to dig deeper into the bible’s message relating to the chapter. This would be a good book for a bible study group, and I would have a blank canvas on hand for a visual reminder. One part that I felt was weak was when Pierre was talking about shame. He used an example of being late to a meeting as being shameful. I feel that a stronger example of shame could have been used to show the power and forgiveness of God.I was contacted by the author and asked for an honest review, in exchange for a copy of the book. If you are interested in other Christian books, check out my review of Shaken by Tim Tebow.