In "Outrageous Mercy," Farley calls readers to reject an apathetic attitude toward the cross and instead adopt an understanding of the cross as more than a symbol--as a source of spiritual power, delight, and a reference point for every part of life.
Outrageous Mercy: Rediscovering the Radical Nature of the Cross
I could not find a smooth flow in this book. Maybe because I have read numerous books on the Cross so I was expecting this book to surpass all the others. Maybe I was looking for something new that the other authors had not expounded on. It seemed to me that he was using every word he could think of just to fill the book with words. I believe W.P. Farley [I don't know him] is a great man of God but to be completely honest, I wish I had not purchased the book. Sorry, but I have to be true to my opinion.
December 20, 2009
William Farley discusses honestly, his growing knowledge of the cross telling us he was a Christian for 12 years before discovering the deeper truths of the cross. He found those truths in (and cites often) the works of Jonathan Edwards, Stephen Charnock, John Stott, John Piper, Tozer and others but he makes each concept clear by writing to a non-theologian audience.Like most Christian, I've been taught basic doctrine and I've read the Bible. Still, I knew I was missing something. I was missing something that made Christ the very joy of a persons life, the center of their faith. I've certainly been taught the cross, yet I knew there was something more. Something that I wasn't seeing because the cross was not living in me. I couldn't reconcile God's mercy and justice or his love in this world. I could say the Father was glorified and that the crucifixion was essential and the final sacrifice. That we are saved by grace. But it wasn't a living, joyous truth. It was knowledge. Outrageous Mercy is written for people who want to know Christ's outrageous love and better understand all the living truth of the cross.
July 13, 2009