4 Stars Out Of 5
Like Walking Into God's Spa
October 15, 2011
Resisting the urge to grab my yellow highlighter, I opted instead to bookmark pages with pieces of paper. There were so many quotable paragraphs. At times, I even posted a few of those quotes from the book onto my Facebook account. The book hit me in both good and bad ways.
First of all, I didn't agree with what Miroslav Volf said on page 123. She quotes him a lot in the book. I can only assume she agrees when he said, â€˜"You organize an act of terror, and we'll punish you." It says, "You organize an act of terror and we'll use the overwhelming military force of a superpower to recast the political landscape of an entire region from whence you came."' In this paragraph, he very smartly talks about our reactions to wrongâ€”our disporportionate use of revenge. She writes at the end of page 134, "It (justice mixed with mercy and forgiveness) can be real enough to remake the world." Volf was incorrect in the statement above obviously mocking America for it's invasion of Iraq.
I wonder what Iraq's people would say about that? They witnessed genocide, mass grave burials, and harsh dictatorship. Some parents there witnessed their children being killed. We lost about 2,000 of our own people in the attack of 9/11. I believe in forgiveness, but to maintain peace in a fallen world, war is at times necessary. Calhoun reveals her idealism in this chapter. God at times authorized war in the Old Testament.
It would be nice if in a perfect world everyone responded to each other Biblical, but as long as we have sin, the world will continue down this path until Jesus' return. Yet, I do agree with everything else in this book.
The attractive layout of this book, cut into eleven invitations, thoroughly explores how we can accept God's offer to rest, weep, forgive, wait, remember, and more. In fact, I wrote a blog on Chapter 3. Calhoun's book was like going to God's Spa. I found rest in her words as I submerged into scripture and the easy way in which she writesâ€”like she is standing there having a conversation with one of her friends. Overall, I gave the book four stars.
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