'Abraham's Stars' by Beverley Healy is a short book, but with deep meaning. The majority of the work is made up of Beverley's own paintings, 'alongside reflections and verses that either inspired them or were articulated after they were made.'
Inspiration for the book is deeply rooted in the Bible, and on God's promises both to characters like Mary who received the promise that she would give birth to a King. And also, Abraham, whom God promised that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in heaven. A promise that at the time it was made was ludicrous because Abraham's wife Sarah was barren. But now, when we look to the heavens and see the stars, it is a reminder that God is faithful to His promises, no matter how ludicrous or impossible they seem at first. And this book, in Beverley's words, is 'an illustrated journey through the fields of hope and promise.'
The book begins with familiar words from scripture. The prophecy from Isaiah of the Christ-child's birth mirrored with the Annunciation to Mary in whom the prophecy is fulfilled. Then there are familiar words from the psalms, and then Beverley takes over, and becomes the psalmist herself in offering her own praises to God, and invites us to praise with her. To rest in God, to reach out to God, to hold on to God, to truly feel the overwhelming love of God.
Wether your journey is hard or difficult, or you just need a reminder of God's love and presence in your life, this book will allow you to hold on to those very promises of God, which will be fulfilled, because God is faithful.