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An Invitation to Sit Still and Listen
August 30, 2012
This is a series of essays, nine in all, which present the idea that perhaps innocence, trust, joy, and other virtues have more to do with Christian maturity than not. Through stories about his children and his own life, the author asks the reader to evaluate their attitude toward life by comparing it to the attitude a child uses. Do we trust God as our heavenly Father the same way a child trusts their earthly father to take them to the dentist or give a piggy-back ride? Are we still studying the stars with the same awe and joy that a toddler does when they see fireworks? What is the value in approaching the world like a child anyway?
The author gives a simple answer: God is so much bigger than us, so much smarter than us, so much better than us, that any other approach encourages the idea that we have control over our lives. The truth is that God is in control, so why not take his command to be like a little child literally, and start living life with wonder.
This is a modest book, only 172 pages, in words most children could understand. It is also a challenging book, one that calls for courage, faith, trust, obedience, maturity, joy - and of course wonder - to be utilized in every area of life, even the ones we seem to be most in control of.
Matthew 18:3 says "Assuredly, I say unto you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." It would seem then, that the road to Christian maturity lies through a child's heart. The Call To Wonder offers a starting place for the journey, and offers the Bible as a map to see you there safely.
Note: I received this book free from Tyndale for an unpaid review. My opinions are my own.
At first reading, I had to keep looking at the author's name to be sure I was reading something by R.C. Sproul Jr. and not his father. If you have ever read any of R.C. Sproul's works, then when you read this book, you will know what I mean.
Sound teaching, love for the Bible and especially a deep love for the Lord, comes through clearly as Sproul Jr. writes his heart and thoughts into this small book.
Though it is a small book, only 172 pages long, it is packed full of wonderful biblical and life examples on how to love God like a child, taking delight in obeying His commands, standing in awe of His handiwork, trusting Him to not only provide our daily bread but to guide and direct our very footsteps. We are shown how pleasing our heavenly Father in all that we do because we know He loves us, is loving Him as our children love us.
With a clear look at how his own children respond to the wonders of God and their response to their earthly father, Sproul Jr. directs, leads and shows by example how we adults can develop that child-like quality Jesus commands.
This is a book worth reading, sharing, and reading again. I can see it becoming a classic that our children's children will find and read for themselves on day.
This review copy was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the purpose of review free of charge. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
The book mostly focuses on the various aspects of being "like little children", and how these relate to our relationship with God.
Some of these are fairly straightforward... such as the call to trust our Father, and the nature of children to be happy to be able to please just for the sake of being able to please. (He does actually have 8 kids... though sometimes looking at the kids that I know I might the question the latter trait.)
The call to wonder itself, from the title, is one of these but not the entire book focus as I had expected.
Some points of the book were made really well, such as the difference between just being in awe and feeling small in comparison to being in wonder and thrilled with the mystery of the vastness.
His approach on some of the topics was different that what I'm used to, and really made me think of things differently at times.
One that particularly struck me was a minor point made that what God says can be trusted, because what he says becomes reality. He says there is light, and there is light. The example was used that if God said that the author is a car, God would not being lying, the author would find himself suddenly having wheels.
However... at other times, this also made me feel like I'm really just not quite getting it. I found myself wishing this were a class instead of a book so I could ask him to explain it a bit differently or give another illustration.
The example of this that stands out to me is in a discussion of his special needs daughter.
He explained that when we enter the presence of God, we are transported in location into another realm.
(Got it this far..)
But because God is eternal, his presence is in eternity... so when we enter, we are as well... thus we are also transported into another realm of time, not just a different realm of location.
(New, but ok, I follow here..)
So he believes that in these times, since we are in eternity, we are also past the victory... and so in these moments his daughter is healed, and can understand him perfectly, and can speak, though she doesn't as it then allows him to believe by faith instead of sight.
(Ok, I'm not quite sure that I'm getting this one. If I have a broken arm in the physical realm and current time, being in the presence of God may transport my spirit.. but my arm would still be stuck here and now. Though, yes, I do believe that the presence of God showing into this realm can change things here, I guess I'm just not quite getting the connection on how he's getting where he's getting here.)
I think I might have preferred reading this book as part of a group study, mainly to be able to discuss and try to get some of the points where I feel like I'm just not quite getting it... but it is a good book and an interesting read, and does have some perspectives that were new to me and made me think about things in a different way.