Review: The Voice of Divine Love by Arlene Dayrit

★★★★ The Voice of Divine Love by Arlene Dayrit

The author of The Voice of Divine Love, Arlene Dayrit, is self-described as a fervent attendant to God’s will and has spent much of her life in constant search of God’s redemption and love through her spirituality and religious devotion. The result of her meditations on scripture and Christian ideals is her first published work.

Essentially a re-examination of the scripture, the book takes the point of view of the Lord expressing his infinite love for his children and how to interpret his messages from a first-person point of view. Rather than a fearful, vengeful figure depicted elsewhere, Dayrit looks to the side revealed to her through her search and the guidance of members of the church and members of convent.

The book is heavily Christian and is in no way hiding the fact; it’s a book about the Christian faith for those in the faith, or interested in it. It draws on scripture and teachings and works under the idea that there is a knowing, ever-present, life-creating God just as believed within that ideology. That’s not to say that there’s nothing here for less devoted or even those without faith, however, as it is at the heart of it a reassuring and pleasant view of the world and life, overflowing with a sense of universal acceptance and love.

If only taken as a simple book of pleasantries, it’s a warming read with plenty of wisdom that applies to anyone regardless of belief. After all, sometimes all someone needs is written assurance that taking a break or a retreat is perfectly acceptable and good, or that pain is a passing phase on a road to a more learned existence. The Christian view is unabashedly present, of course, but it still feels like a piece suited to largely anyone seeking that kind of comfort. It’s a simple enough work, steeped in religious devotion and all-out praise and aspiring to absolute happiness from start to finish and, the author hopes, beyond. Dayrit plainly describes that she hopes that it will attract more to faith through her view of the Lord.

A little troublesome is the author’s attitude about original sin, focusing on the idea that humans are inherently, in some way, imperfect. On the one hand, this drives her to discuss the positives and the complete joy that the Lord and his messages provide, while on the other there is still this occasional reminder that we are not ever going to be “good enough” in certain ways. For those of faith and those without, it’s a bit perturbing to be reminded amid such safety and adulation that we have to always watch ourselves because we are open to evil as well, though for almost 100% of the book this is really more of a reminder of vigilance and self-awareness.

Overall, The Voice of Divine Love is a thoughtful and soothing read that focuses Christian ideals into a loving screed, boasting our capacity for beauty and carrying a warning against straying from the Lord. It’s a repose from the difficulties of life and a reminder that we, us human beings, are infinitely capable and loved.

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