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Not Much Found in 'Found In Him'
September 8, 2015
Found in Him
Book Summary: Believers union with Christ stands at the heart of the gospel. Thankfully, this neglected doctrine is garnering renewed interest among academics and lay people alike. Writing with everyday readers in mind, Elyse Fitzpatrick embarks on a journey of discovery and joy as she explores the wonder of the Incarnation and the glory of the Christians unbreakable connection to Christ. Fitzpatrick looks at the Bibles use of marriage as a metaphor for the relationship that Christians enjoy with their Savior, examining its significance for understanding key doctrines such as Jesuss death, resurrection, and ascension. Directing Christians to the core of their salvation, this devotional book will stir readers affections for God and renew their confidence as beloved children in Christ.
Review: I found this book difficult to read at times. I struggled the most at the beginning with some of Ms. Fitzpatricks statements like Jesus was made in mans image and before the next chapter, if that long later, closed she reversed that statement. There were many statements that she and I do not agree on along that vein. I do not want to go into all of them for fearing to sound like I am picking on her. I think the greatest thing this book did for me was prove I can defend my position with scripture and find the scripture that refutes things written in this book. I also disagree with some of her ideas about what Peter stated at the Transfiguration, since they were based on Ms. Fitzpatricks ideas and not on scripture I wont argue about being right or wrong. I will say that she is wrong about the Jews not being able to kill another Jew. Stephen is a perfect example of that along with Paul. I believe maybe she meant that they could kill him to the point where He was a cursed, the only way to do that is by hanging him on a tree. For the Bible say cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree they did intend to kill him in His own home town by picking up stones to stone Him with. The only one to live through a stoning in the Bible is Paul. That is not because of him but God.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Crossway for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. tree.
Caution: This book contains theology. However, as you are reading, you will be so caught up with the practical impact of the incarnation and the believers union with Christ that you may not be aware of the weight of the truth you are absorbing. Throughout all ten chapters of this book, God-exalting truth is tied to real-life examples, and it may change the way you read Scripture from now on, because the Bible isnt primarily a rulebook, nor is it a self-help manual; its not about how we become better people so that we an earn blessings by working hard. Its all about Jesus, God made man, his life, death and resurrection.
Merry Incarnation! Every time we sing a Christmas carol we celebrate the God-man, veiled in flesh. Part One of Found in Him traces that miracle throughout Jesus earthly life, citing His qualifications to be Savior of the world, exploring the self-emptying sacrifice of His life and death, and celebrating the victorious resurrection deathless life.
Part Two goes on to consider the benefits of Christs work with the goal of highlighting that His presence and power in a life and being in Him changes everything about you and how you live your life. Union or oneness with Christ is a major theme in the writings of Paul (33 mentions in his letters), and the benefits deserve the capital letters Elyse uses to set them off: redemption, death to sin, eternal life, freedom from condemnation and the law of sin and death, and the immeasurable love of God. She explores the metaphors of temple (building), bride, and adoption to lend richness to our understanding of what it means to be one with God in Christ.
Of special value in this volume are the appendices which include a selection of historical creeds, Elyses personal testimony, Jesus prayer in John 17, and an succinct table which shows the ways in which Jesus union with the believer through His incarnation brings specific blessings.
Found in Him is an excellent study resource, while at the same time a thoughtful gift for Easter or Christmas.
Disclosure: I received this book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.