Anonymous, by Alicia Chole

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In Moldova, we are only celebrating Easter next Sunday. Anticipating that, I would like to share about a book that would make a great Easter read.

What do I label as “great Easter read” you might ask – if a book is focused on and draws our attention towards Jesus, the reason we celebrate Easter – then it qualifies. Like I said, today I’m sharing about one such book.

Anonymous, by Alicia Britt Chole.

This book is best described by a season. In a nutshell, reading this book was like spring. Random, I know.

Alicia Chole is a poet at heart. Although not a poetry book, her inspirational non-fiction prose draws you into a world rich in colours, scents and melodies. Her writing is captivating. Graceful and elegant.  Stirring and persuasive.

She doesn’t write about things superficial. Far from it. Chole writes about our most uncelebrated season: the hidden years. A season marked by hurt, by loss, by confusion and, as pointed out in Anonymous, by temptations. About how the choices we make today impact a future we cannot see. About how to not only survive the desert, but learn valuable lessons, too.

Spring

Spring is a mix between miserably muddy and gloriously sunny days.

Anonymous is a mix between the piercing reality of our human brokenness and the exuberant life we can have in Christ. Between our tendency to give in to temptations and the humbling example of how Jesus resisted it. Between the destructive schemes of the enemy and the restoring grace of the Father.

Spring

Alicia Chole writes about deserts. Deserts are barren, lonely and threatening. We all have times in our lives that are like this, don’t we? Yet spring comes to prove that life has survived the desert of winter. It proves that life is triumphant precisely because it has chosen to die.

In the same way, Anonymous comes to tell us that we can be truly alive only when we choose to die to ourselves. Yes, Jesus has said exactly that. Jesus has, in fact, lived that out. Oh, we’re so quick to forget. I, for one, needed the reminder.

Spring

No season represents hope as spring does.

That’s what we find in Anonymous: a glimmer of hope. Wait, no. More than just a glimmer of hope, a bucket-full of hope. In our darkest season, Chole points out to  the fact that God is at work and that God’s plans for us reach far beyond our expectations. He is in control when we’re not, even in the desert.

I was left encouraged by this delightful, yet deeply profound book. Hope you will be, too.

Whether you are going through a dessert, or experiencing the fool bloom of spring, I hope you have a wonderful (Moldovan) Easter, filled with the light, hope and love of Christ, the Risen One.

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8 thoughts on “Anonymous, by Alicia Chole

  1. Hello Elena!
    My parents will celebrate Easter this Sunday, too.
    However, we should remind what Christ did for us every day.
    I like the book you share with us. Hope I will find it in the library. I liked when you mention, “darkest season” or “going through a dessert”. In fact, we all face different challenges in life, but with His grace we pass it and after “darkness” there is always as you said “spring”. 🙂
    The Hidden Value of A Man is one of the recent book that I read. There was written, “All of us face storms in life, but not everyone has a shelter from the storm”. In fact, this is true! We should be prepared by holding our Shelter every day and to be protected by unexpected storms.
    Well, thank you again for suggesting this book to us!

    Blessings in Christ,
    Niko

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    1. That is a beautiful quote, Niko:

      All of us face storms in life, but not everyone has a shelter from the storm.

      Thanks for sharing it! Yes, we do all face challenges in life, big or small, and how reassuring to know we’ve a shelter to go to, and that our Saviour is indeed, alive.

      Happy Easter to you! Will you be celebrating it at LCC?

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      1. Yeah, Amen…He is Alive!
        No, in fact we didn’t celebrate Easter in LCC. I mean LCC didn’t organize any event. However, we had no classes this Monday.

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  2. I love the way you wrote this post. Your review is calm and it just makes me want to read it. Would you say this is more a book for women than for men?

    Love how you write!

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    1. Thank you, dearest.

      Um, I can’t really say it’s a book for women.

      The author is woman, and you can tell that from the writing style, but she talks about things both men and women can relate to, without their masculinity/femininity being threatened 😀

      So no, you won’t have to watch Rambo movies after reading it 😀

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  3. Dear Igor,

    I am sorry but you can not read this book until I return it to your sweet wife. 🙂

    It has traveled with me. It is a wonderful book…especially for this season of my life.

    Once again, Elena, you have written your post beautifully. You are talented in many areas of your life.

    The quote will go in my journal! I do not know how you fight a storm without a hope to cling too. My heart breaks for those who do not have a safe shelter to protect them as they face the storm.

    I’m thankful for Easter!
    Hristos a inviat!
    Adevarat ca a inviat!

    Troy and I love you both!
    Hj

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    1. Heidi, no worries, Igor has a pile of other books I recommended to him, before he gets to reading Anonymous 🙂
      He started reading The Witness, by Dee Henderson – I have a feeling he might enjoy it but we’ll see!
      Thank you, beautiful friend and sending love and prayers your way.

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