Wednesday, July 6, 2011
RUMORS OF GOD by DARREN WHITEHEAD and JON TYSON
Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson bring us something new. I like that. Often books repeats itself and we hear the same old thing over and over again. This one is different. It is real. They share real stories. Their stories. These guys open us up to a new way of thinking. I love how they combine scripture with everyday examples of human life. They teach us that we all have dreams, but our dreams as Christians should be different. We should be fueled by God and our desire to know Him on a deeper level.
This is one of my favorite statements from the book: Is it any wonder that young people grow up with a sense of entitlement? They have each been told they are the most important person in the world and deserve to have everything they've ever wanted. They are sold the idea that if they get everything they want, they will be happy.
This book is based on a prayer of Habakkuk. "Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy."
Here is another favorite part of mine: In other words, it is God's kindness toward us in the midst of our guilt that enables us to believe in Him; it's not the expectation that once we believe in Him, then He will be kind to us. God loved us when we were still His enemies, not once we have it altogether. The gay community hears the church say: "Change your ways, then God will love you." The Muslim community hears: "Change your ways, then we will love you." The atheist hears: "Believe in God, then He will love you." But what Jesus actually says is, "I love you now. As you are. Come to me. Receive My grace." You don't have to change for God to love you. God loves you as you are. This is what enables you to change. Paul said: "God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance." It is not faith, then grace; it's grace, then faith."
We see what the church use to be. We see the church growing all across the world, but in America something is missing. Not just something, but someone. God. I love how these authors bring us to a place where we must take a deep look inside our own hearts. There is a better way to live and this book will give you the tools to begin that journey to a new life in Christ and a new way of serving Him through the dreams He has given us.
This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for it's review.