Saturday, May 3, 2008

Book Review Part II

By Jake Colsen

These are some of the quotes I found most intriguing in the book “ So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore?”

" Who is he asking you to walk alongside right now and how can you encourage them? I love it when brothers and sisters choose to be intentional in sharing God's life together in a particular season. So, yes, experiment with community together. You'll learn a lot. Just avoid the desire to make it contrived, exclusive, or permanent."

" ...body life is not something you can create. It is a gift that the Father gives as people grow in his life. Body life isn't rocket science. It is the easiest thing in the world when people are walking with him. You get within twenty feet of someone else on that journey and you'll find fellowship easy and fruitful."

"No church model will produce God's life in you. It works the other way around. Our life in God, shared together, expresses itself as the church. It is the overflow of his life in us. "

"Not all structure is wrong. Simple structures that facilitate sharing his life together can be incredibly positive. The problem comes when the structures take on a life of their own and provide a substitute for our dependence upon Jesus."

Well it has been a few weeks since I have read this book, maybe over a month actually. Of the two books that I am reviewing, “The Shack” see Part I, and “So You Don’t Want to go to Church Anymore?” this second book has been my favorite. It is a novel that starts out with the premise that John the Beloved maybe never died. (John 21:22) What stands out most in my mind, are some of the challenges that both of these books have brought to my heart. No, the theology isn’t perfect. I would actually have a hard time sorting through all that. On the other hand, a lot of doctrine that we have swallowed hook line and sinker in some cases in our church settings; have been really challenged here by the authors. I liked how the book explores how we tend to get awfully stuck inside our four walls and have not been really out in the world being salt and light to those around us. Or even to the people inside the four walls. We unknowingly sometimes rely on structure and our boxes instead of relationship with the Father. I myself have been on this journey for several years now. Asking God, how oh how can I impact the world around me??? How can I really be salt and light? Salt that seasons and flavors the atmosphere around me, salt that draws people to God. Not the kind of salt dumping that lands in open wounds and causes people to retreat and wall off ANY mention of my King. Light that doesn’t spot light me or a particular religious following, but a light that guides and draws all people to Him.

As you can see from the quotes, the book highlights our relationships, with God and with each other.

We are simply talking about…love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. We all start off that way when we first encounter the living God, but some how over time, structure and form set in and relationship can start to dwindle.

I love that both these books have made me think... you can read this on-line at Jake Colsen


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

They certainly sound like a thinking person's kind of book. Very intriguing! I'll be looking for both of them.

Strider said...

I heard a sermon on Jesus sending the 70 out to minister. When they returned, they were all pumped up because of all the signs and wonders done. Jesus said, " don't rejoice that all of this takes place, but rejoice in that your names are written in the book of life..... interprtation....rejoice that you know me. Don't find your joy in your "ministry". I'm looking forward to reading the book.

DeeDee said...

I haven't heard of the first book...but lots of people talking about The Shack..I have ordered it...
I've been doing a lot of reading lately on the church...My son-in-law is searching for the right way of worship for his family...he was church pianist for a large church in our area...watched it go from traditional to contemporary...hurt a lot of he is thinking of home church with other families...So we pray a lot..for one another...times are changing in the church...

A Woman Who is: said...

Times do seem to be changing deedee.

I forgot to mention in my post you can read this book on line. Just google Jake Colsen, or check out the link I just put to the website on my post.

I hope your son-in-law finds the fellowship and Christian community he is looking for.

Make mine pink said...

Well, Cindy, you have me totally curious to read this book. I have a kagillion books I am reading already, but these books sound like ones that will zoom to the top of the list...I will look online for them. Can you read them both online, I wonder?

Betsy said...

Hello ~ I've come over from BirdBathChronicles and thought I would say hi. I've enjoyed browsing through your blog! Lovely granddaughter, too, by the way! :)

Knitting Mania said...

Looking forward to finding some time to read this one too! Maybe after the move.

Great review! Sis

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