Rumors of God is definitely one of the BEST presentations I have read in a book. It will take you into a deeper level of self-reflection on where we are now in our relationship with God, what is our current church standing and what do we do in serving Christ, our personal experiences and encounters of God. This book will help you understand on where we are exactly in our spiritual walk.
The chapters address different aspects of the evidence of the gospel. The authors are concerned about the church in America and not seeing the works of God in the life of the church as a whole. I would agree as the many churches have become liberal or too corporate/consumer that there is no evidence of God just works of man.
The chapters do not really connect as in a book of one theme, but are individual workings/evidences of God in the church. Each chapter is well done and exciting to read the testimonies of God's provisions!
In many of my blog wanderings, one of the discussions/debates, that I am seeing over and over again is the mission of the church. What is the main purpose and calling of the Christian? Is is to preach the gospel? Is it feed the poor? How to be spiritually minded, but also earthly good? Some groups/denominations tend to lean heavily towards one side or the other. Churches that are full of good works, but neglect the teaching of the power and strength of the gospel. Churches that are rich in biblical exposition and teaching but fall short in reaching out and meeting needs in the name of Jesus.
In their book, Rumors of God, Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson describe what I feel is a good balance of a Christian faith that while deeply spiritual, manifests itself outwardly in good works. The title refers to the fact that people might "hear rumors" of what God is supposed to be like, but are not really seeing His love and power manifested in the world. I believe that the authors' desire for their book is to stir up the people of God (particularly younger people) to actively pursue a life of radical faith and service to the glory of Jesus.
I found their discussions on generosity and community to be compelling as they challenge us to be less materialistic and self-focused.
A particular quote that ministered to me:
Could it be that God is most pleased not with what we do for him but with the life of love we cultivate with Him? Maybe this is why Jesus seemed so free from needing the approval of men. He had all the approval He needed; the voice of His Father drowned out of the voice of the crowd. ~Rumors of God, pg. 61.
I believe that this book will appeal mostly to younger Christians. However, as an "older" Christian, Rumors of God inspired me with a renewed sense of excitement and passion to continue this journey of faith and to become part of making the "rumors" show themselves to be true.
Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You've Only Heard About by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson is a book about all those things we read in the Bible or hear from Pastors and think, well that's for someone else. I am just trying to live my life. That is only for those really strong Christians. The reality is what, we dismiss as rumors because acting upon God's call or stepping out of our comfort zones to follow Christ, are not rumors, they are truths that Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson share and make real and reachable in this book.
Each chapter breaks down a "rumor", like Abundant Life or Grace and shares stories about real people and real ways we can each live and claim a life of abundance and grace. Whether you have been brought up in a Christian home or have just found your way to a relationship with Christ recently, you can relate to and be inspired by this book. Its not all about being a foreign missionary or starting a church. Its about finding God right where you are and using what you do and have to reach out to those around you. Loving the way God loves. Giving in real and life changing ways. Forgiving and what it really means.
This chapter on forgiveness was titled "Giving up your rights: Rumors of Freedom". As God would have it happen, I was reading this during a time when my life group was talking about betrayal, love and forgiveness and I shared quotes from this chapter because it spoke so clearly and directly to our questions and struggles. It all lines up with God's word and is so powerful and relevant to where the church is and needs to be today. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to live out biblical faith and realize that you don't have to be a pastor or "church person" to really make a difference with God.
The review copy of this book was provided by booksneeze.com for my personal opinion.