Prone to Wander: Grace for the Lukewarm and Apathetic by Natalie Brand
As Christians, many of us experience times when we struggle in our faith. Times when we get distracted, like dumb sheep, and stray away from the safety of the fold and our faithful Shepherd. Some of us wander for months or even years, backsliding into unbelief and serious sin. Others of us fall into spiritual apathy where our passion for Christ cools and we can’t pray or pick up our Bibles. But the same grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that saved us can carry us through the Christian life. This book has been written to give you gospel comfort and practical counsel to help you move Godward.
Natalie’s gospel-filled warnings mix clarity with compassion. I hope many will be kept from shipwreck by the earthy wisdom of this book.
Joel Virgo, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Church, Brighton, UK
The good news of the gospel is that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus is prone to restore his prone to wander sons and daughters. If you’re prone to wander (and who isn’t) or know someone who is (and who doesn’t) read and share this book.
C. L. Chase, Author of Grace-Focused Optimism
The drum-beat of Prone to Wander is: God pursues his children. Natalie makes it clear that backsliding is the result of sin, but lifts God up as compassionate to sinners. She uses helpful biblical and contemporary illustrations to explain why we slide and gives gospel comfort and practical tips to end the descent. Are you running from God like Jonah? Are you weighed down with sorrow and suffering like Job? Are you, like David, desperate because of your own sin? Pick up this book and find help for your soul.
Keri Folmar, Author & Pastor’s Wife from Dubai
Our sinful hearts incline us to turn away from the Lord, and we find ourselves spiritually in the wastelands. This little book is a winsome word to believers who struggle or stray, to return to Christ the friend of sinners. Help is given in diagnosing our spiritual need, pointing us to Christ, and taking practical steps for a more constant walk with the Lord. Warmly commended!
Bill James, Principal, London Seminary, London, UK
Natalie Brand lectures and supervises research at Union School of Theology. She is the author of Crazy But True: Connected to Jesus for Life, and Priscilla, Where Are You? A Call to Joyful Theology (Union, 2023)