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 radical

I got this book as a gift from a good friend around two years ago. Each time I wanted to read it, I’d find a reason not to and pick something else. Recently, I finally got down to it and trust me, it was worth every flip.

Radical by David Platt is a call to rise up from our comfort zones and dive in to the deep waters. As he says in one section,

‘I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.’

James Truslow Adams is the man credited with coining the phrase ‘American Dream’ back in 1931. He spoke of it as a;

“….dream in which each man and woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognised by others for what they are (self-glorification).”

The dangerous assumption we unknowingly accept in the American dream is that our greatest asset is our own ability. The American Dream prizes what people can accomplish when they believe and trust in themselves. The subtly fatal goal we will achieve when we pursue the A.D. is that as long as we achieve our desires in our on power, we will always attribute it to our own glory. But the gospel has different priorities. It beckons us to die to ourselves and to believe in God and trust in His power. The goal of the American Dream is to make much of us, while that of the gospel is to make much of God. As Bonhoeffer once said,

“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”

Whether American or not, this book is for you. Do try and read it.

Grace & Peace

Do you understand what the providence of God means? Do you care to take time, note and thank God for the providence He bestows unto you? Do you understand that everything in our lives is ordered by the providence of God for the glory of His NAME?

John Flavel has given an in-depth observation on the topic of Providence and has broken it down into three main parts with various sub-topics in this enlightening book, mainly:

1. The Evidence of Providence

2. Meditation on the Providence of God

3. Application of the Doctrine of Providence

He has based the theme, Providence, on this verse, “The God that performeth all things for me’ Ps.57:2.

This book is an interesting tool for the Christian to understand how providence works in every stage of our lives for the glory of God and how to be content with whatever Providence brings your way. I highly recommend.

Grace & Peace

In his book ‘Life Together’ Bonhoeffer, a Christian martyr, has extensively dealt with the subject of community in as far as Christians are concerned in a very in depth and insightful way.

He captures the essence of Christian community, where it emanates from and just how it is to be handled. He cautions us on how not to take take for granted the gift of community/christian fellowship for it is a gift of grace, apportioned by God to everyone as He wills. Those who enjoy a life of abundant Chriostian fellowship/community, have a way of taking it for granted unlike those who because of God’s will don’t have the same luxury say, a Christian imprisoned for his faith, or a Christian living in a hostile environment where communal fellowship is prohibited. He goes on further to deal with the Christian’s day with others, the Christian’s day alone, ministry and finally confession and communion. All these are dealt with extensively as topics on their own.

If you have ever struggled with the subject of the Christian as a community of God, or just want to understand it more or are new to it and want to learn, this is the book for you.

For those who are not fans of thick sized books, this one is less than 150 pages of rich, biblical truths.

Get it and whatever you learn, apply it and share with others.

 

Grace & Peace.