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Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Christians do not trust freedom. As author Steve Brown explains in this brave new book, they prefer the security of rules and self-imposed boundaries, which they tend to inflict on other Christians. Brown asserts that real freedom means the freedom to be wrong as well as right. Christianity often calls us to live beyond the boundaries, bolstered by the assurance that we cannot fall beyond God’s love. Freedom is dangerous, but the alternative is worse—boxing ourselves up where we cannot celebrate our unique gifts and express our joy in Christ. Each of the book’s eleven chapters explores a common pharisaic, freedom-stifling tendency, then opens the door to the fresh air of a remedial liberty.
The subject of Steve Browns book is freedomand why were not free. He writes, If Jesus says were free, we ought to accept his declaration at face value and run with it. Throughout 11 chapters, he explains, through anecdotes and Bible quotes, how Christians have lost their freedom and how it hinders them as Christians. The author, in his introduction, draws us into a fireside chat by adding one more credential for writing the book: Well, I have sinned big enough, and Ive lived long enough to write a book like this oneand also to serve as the negative illustrations of most of the principles taught herein.
Among the books main points, Christians fall into the pattern of viewing the world in terms of us and themus being the self-righteous who pretend they are perfect, and thus, have the authority to tell others how they should live so they can also be perfect. They, on the other hand, are those outside of usthe less than perfect, Christians or not. The obsession with perfectionism and living without sin actually keeps Christians from being Christian-like when they appear self-righteous, condemning, and bound by rules and regulations. And they become lonely. Says Brown, If you demonize those people who disagree with you, you will end up being the only one left. Later he says that making others better is Gods job, not mine. To sum up the basics, freedom is accepting Gods grace while working toward perfection, but knowing you, as well as others, will never reach it.
The anecdotes used throughout the book, like the parables Jesus used to teach, help readers relate the authors message to their own lives. The book deals mostly with the whys regarding loss of freedom, and at times rambles without making concise points on how to change. I would have liked to have read a final chapter that actually gave specific steps and suggestions on how Christians can become free -- free to follow them or not, of course. Another book, perhaps? Nevertheless, pastors or priests or anyone involved in Christian ministry, as well as Christians in general will find the book provides some provocative insights. The authors most shocking message is that in our attempts to be evangelists for God, we often make people run in the opposite directionand therein lies the danger. So, how can we afford not to read A Scandalous Freedom to check our own spiritual wiring? -- Karen Thurber, Christian Book Previews.com
Lynn Boone4 Stars Out Of 5November 18, 2008Lynn BooneThis is a great book. Helps you to remember that you are free in Christ. We, or I tend to get wrapped up in the things of this world and forget. This book seems to reinforce the freedom that we have.
Steve Lee, Sr.5 Stars Out Of 5August 9, 2006Steve Lee, Sr.This book was profoundly disturbing to me. Not because of the subject matter. Steve Brown often speaks and writes about Christian freedom. But never before have I heard him admit to being a stinking Republican. Okay to be honest, I added the "stinking" adjective.I have read several of Brown's previous books and consider them to be outstanding resources for living the life God wants me to live. This book is no exception. I have to ask however, was it really necessary to make such a confession? How can I recover from such disconcerting news?Brown recounts for us in this book, the moment when he admitted to his fellow seminary students that he was a conservative. His decription is so vivid that I can actually imagine their horror.One of many valid points that Brown makes is that we do harm to ourselves and a great disservice when we marginalize, catagorize and avoid those whose views differ from our own. He encourages us to participate in open, honest dialogue with these... people. This is easier said than done owing to the passion with which we hold these views.He does more than simply offer platitudes about how we should live. He actually practices what he preaches. He counts among his friends, Tony Campolo and Ann Lamott, two wonderful Democrats. If I someday get to meet Brown, I hope he will count me among his friends as well. I consider him to be a man of God and an excellent teacher. I mean, you gotta love the guy. Something must just happen to his mind when he walks into a voting booth.I give this book 5 stars because it speaks to a truth that is often ignored and seldom taught. Christ has made us free, but we usually don't live like it.I've really covered just a small part of the book. Brown writes very little about politics, but I was so stunned, that I was distracted from writing about anything else.With his admission of conservative tendencies, Brown has helped me avoid one of the pitfalls he cites in chapter six, Hero Worship.
Don Gaut5 Stars Out Of 5February 1, 2006Don GautSteve Brown is honest, interesting, fun and Biblical. Steve's message in this book is to be free. Jesus said, "The truth will set you free." and when we stop pretending we are perfect and admit to God, ourselves and the people around us that we struggle with sin, the shakles fall away. God wants us to be honest and He forgives us, loves us and uses us in spite of our sin. The sins of Moses, Abraham, David, Peter and others God used in powerful ways, are clearly shown to us in God's Word.Steve shows us many of the self-imposed shakles todays Christians are held by and encourages us to be free of them by the grace of God. This book will help you understand the message of the Gospel so that you can be free in Christ! Please read it and pass it on to someone you love!
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