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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
The longest distance in the universe is between the head and heart. For Christ-followers, it is the chasm between what we say we believe in our minds and what we truly believe in our hearts: a split between our statements about God and our experience of Him. This divide is everywhere around us, causing untold devastation. It is found in the double lives of believers and in the hypocrisy of church leaders, but mainly we see it in ourselves. It is the default position of every human heart.
In Divided: When the Head and Heart DonÆt Agree, Bill Delvaux exposes this divide and offers strategies to tackle it. The actual journey to cross the divide is sketched out, an epic journey that will take us into our deepest fear and shame and on into the wonder of GodÆs presence. For becoming undivided is not just another task. ItÆs the pathway into the very heart of the Father.
- Strategies for closing the divide between head and heart
- Specific prayers for each stage of the spiritual journey
- Thought-provoking questions for spiritual conversation or reflection
ldesherl5 Stars Out Of 5Divided by Bill DelvauxApril 8, 2015ldesherlQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book falls in Thomas Nelson Refraction series books, just as is a book that I had reviewed, months ago, for this blogspot. This collection of books stated mission is to offer Biblical solutions to topics that were once taboo or ignored. This book begins with an introduction. It is arranged in three parts. Part One provides an analysis of the problem, with examples from the author's life and from the lives of people whom he knows. Part Two continues with how to deal with the problem, again using examples from the author's life and from the lives of those whom he knows. Part Three concludes with the resolution of the problem, once more using examples from the author's life and from the lives of others. He ends with a conclusion, with an appendix of suggestions for application of the principles in this book, followed by a couple of pages of endnotes. This author has served as a Pastor and a high school Bible teacher. Currently, he serves as retreat speaker and a small group coach.
I chose this book because of the concept of the disconnect between what we know in our heads and appreciate in our hearts. As I read this book, I did not expect this author to link head knowledge of truth with what he calls inauthenticity of one's life. But that makes sense. As he provides many examples from his own life and from the lives of people he knows, I found myself wondering how attempting such level of transparent sharing of our deep needs would sell in many of our churches. We have been conned into thinking that people with deep needs need to be referred to professionals for "extra support," when the Bible calls us in the Christian community to "Confess our sins to each other and pray for each other, so that you may be healed." (James 5:16). The sad truth is that such sharing is discouraged in local church fellowships. At least in my experience, the sharing of deep needs is exceedingly rare, so that you can attend any local church fellowship, encounter many people even week after week, without anyone getting to know you or you them. The deepest sharing of needs that is typically done in these settings concerns illness, loss of loved ones by natural causes, and maybe unemployment. It is leadership in local congregations who set the tone for how deep we can go in small group settings. Aside from this issue, this author is very honest about his own life and past, setting an example. And he admits that he still struggles so he cannot be faulted for the self-righteousness that I see in so many Christian writings. Yet the focus on feelings gives the reader the idea that our feelings can be used as a measurement for our level of growth in the Christian life. The emphasis of the book is on our experiences. This is not surprising, as this author cites Sarah Young, author of JESUS CALLING, in his preface. He credits her as an influence on his writing. In the focus on seeking a "deeper walk with Jesus," we do indeed see that sin affects us at a far deeper level than we care to know. This author claims that sin is to blame for the great disconnect between our head knowledge and our heart knowledge and he uses the "great divide" as the metaphor of our fallen sinful condition. This book seems to be directed to Christians who are more mature in the faith and are able to detect more subtle sin in their lives. Many Christian teachers may think this book is too "therapeutic" in approach to be Biblically sound, including those who call themselves Nouthetic Counselors. It isn't a balanced approach to the Christian life but focuses on our relationship with God. As with any book that claims to represent God, check what this author says with the inspired Word of God.
I recommend this book for Pastors and their families, as this book was written by a Pastor who makes very personal confessions about his life and his past. It should be read by those in church leadership, including church Board Members and Small Group Co-ordinators, who set the tone for small groups and how deep we can go in "building community" in our small groups and carrying out the command to the Christian community to mutually love each other as Christ loves us. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the deeper life of the heart. I would like to see a youth version of this book, as many youth like to discuss these issues.
I received this book free of charge through Booklook Bloggers, in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review of this book.
Book NerdyAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The great divideMarch 3, 2015Book NerdyAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are many books on evangelism today. Along with those are books on discipleship. However, here is a book that is bound with both tied together. This is a book for the follower of Christ and for the one who hasnt responded to Jesus.
What a great resource this truly is here in, Divided. This book takes the cake on the missing link to knowing God. So, so many people know about God, but they do not know Him. This book exposes hypocrisy and religious efforts. There is no page left unturned in the heart of the reader(s).
I cannot suggest this book enough for church leaders, church-goers, and those who were raised in church, but have since left the church for the world. It is very possible that those of the church are also of the world. It is time to see the divide and believe in the connecting source, Jesus.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.