Polished Arrows – Jenny Sanders

Polished Arrows poses the question “what does it take to become a ready arrow in God’s hands?” An arrow that is intentionally formed and trusted to fly straight and true, to fulfil His purpose and mission.

Jenny is inspired by the metaphor of an arrow, taken from Isaiah 49:1-2, where the prophet writes “Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.” (NIV).

Her sound teaching conveys fundamental truths of the Christian faith, clearly explained, leaving the reader edified and encouraged. It also offers a clear explanation of the Gospel message and how God works in our lives.

Jenny takes us through the process of creating a “polished arrow”, from the repurposing of the raw materials, the creation of something new with a new purpose, to the sharpening and directing of the new creation.

The metaphor works well and is a strong medium for communicating and explaining how we can build our relationship with God, draw closer to Him in our lives and hold Him close throughout. It could be a good read for new believers, as well as useful for those who may be more mature in their faith, but who, like me, will always benefit from a few nudges and prompts!

Our journey of faith should transform each of us into a well-designed, fit-for-purpose, purpose-filled polished arrow; mature and wise to give fully to a life walking with Christ.

Topics covered include being chosen, being made new, repentance, grace, forgiveness and how to grow in maturity to be more like Jesus. The teaching is interspersed with chapters detailing examples from Bible characters that highlight the points being made. Plus there are questions at the end of the chapters to help the reader think through the issues and absorb the message more fully.

Polished Arrows, by Jenny Sanders, is available here.

I received an advance copy of this book from the author, but was under no pressure to provide a favourable review.