|Christianbook.com: What inspired you to write Hungry for More of God?|
Dr. Currie: One of my deepest joys is to study the Bible and share its transforming truth with others. One of my deepest burdens is for Christians to know more about how glorious God is. This book is the result of these two forces in my life. Augustine declared that “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” I wrote the book to awaken our hunger for God and show how He satisfies our deepest longings.
I did not originally intend to write a book. Thirteen years ago I began a long-term study of Bible characters. As I studied, I was repeatedly moved by what I discovered and it seemed natural to go from such excitement about the word of God to sharing it with others. As a result, about ten years ago, I began preaching regularly in churches. The positive feedback from audiences encouraged me to develop the material into a book.
We serve a gracious God who begins by giving us a burden to do something for Him, continues by giving us what we need to accomplish it, and ends by blessing us for doing it.
Christianbook.com: The primary metaphor you use for our relationship to God is hunger. This metaphor is effective both because of its biblical foundations (i.e., Isa. 55:1-2; Jn. 6:35) and because hunger is such a common human experience. Your book does an excellent job of explaining how every human experience, including suffering, sharing our faith and even failure, can enable us to cultivate our hunger for God. However, while reading the book I wondered, how can we cultivate a hunger for God when we are in the midst of our more mundane activities such as another Monday morning at the office or the daily grind of household chores?
Dr. Currie: A soldier in the battle zone is not bored during breakfast in a foxhole just because no bullets whiz by him at the moment. Instead, his keen awareness of what is at stake in the conflict gives urgency and meaning to everything he does. In a similar fashion, Christians are described as engaged in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6). Keeping this perspective in mind helps us realize that spiritually significant events occur, even on mundane Monday mornings. In his essay, “The Weight of Glory”, C.S. Lewis reminds us of the importance of everyday interactions with other people. He writes, “It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.”
When we pack our daughter’s lunch before she walks to school, are we routinely making a bologna sandwich, or are we thinking about what she might learn that day to prepare her to grow up to be a mature woman of God? When we attend the umpteenth meeting with the boss, are we only thinking of agenda items or are we alert to the possibility that God may prompt us to offer a word of encouragement or a silent prayer?