When I first saw the title of this book, I thought it was a book that I might not relate to. Then as I started to read right from the very first pages, I felt a fire starting to ignite in my soul, I felt it call out to my spirit man not to be dormant any longer. I was so challenged by the nominal and mundane way I viewed the thing of God. I felt stripped by this book, like my farce of Christian living was brought to light and unlike the people referred to in the scriptures I did not want to shy away from this probing light, rather I embraced it. I was made to examine my heart and mind, I really question some of the things I held on to as seemingly the Christian thing to do. It drew me back to what God really wanted from us as Christians and not what we think we ought to do. How we judge people due to our own failings, and ignoring the practical love of Christ we are asked to share.
This book is a must read for every Christian out there who is interested in a real practical Christian life. If you are looking for a closer relationship with God, not indulging in any type of hypocrisy, pickup this book and it will help you get started.
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.