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This easy to read book addresses key themes that span global cultures:
The prosperity gospel myth (in it's various global forms)
Countering the view that material abundance is the sign of God's blessing and that poverty is a sign of God's curse; to distinguish between temporary, earthly benefits andeternal, spiritual ones.
Teaching and applying that satisfaction/contentment/joy is found in no earthly possession, achievement or position, outside of God; the fullness of Christ for every believer.
Fulfilment and purpose
Having developed the previous thoughts, this final area looks at whom we serve and not what we receive as a motivation and drive for what we do for Him.
This not just a book for the West or the Global South but for all!
Number of Pages: 80
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
|Publication Date: 2011|
What is our motivation for serving Jesus? Is it so that we might have good health and be wealthy? Galatians 1 tells us that the wealth and health prosperity gospel is no gospel at all! However what we can find is fullness in Christ and in him we find that indeed God is enough for us! This easy to read book addresses key themes that span global cultures. It counters the view that material abundance is the sign of God's blessing and that poverty is a sign of God's curse. It teaches that contentment cannot be found in earthly possession, achievement or position, outside of God but can only be found in the fullness of Christ for every believer. We find in Christ that we have fullness and purpose.
Shaun TabattCottage Grove, MNAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Decide for yourself whether Jesus is enough.November 7, 2011Shaun TabattCottage Grove, MNAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The old adage of he who dies with the most toys wins is a mantra that seems to be growing stronger and stronger in today's culture. Many people are filled with a general unhappiness and dissatisfaction that they try to overcome by filling their lives with more possessions, activities, entertainment, and the like. The problem for many of us is that we never are quite happy. After all, how much is actually enough? What will it take to make you or me truly happy. These are questions we should seriously ask ourselves as we struggle to understand how to effectively live within and deal with a culture that promises us pleasure, fulfillment, and satisfaction around every corner, but sadly often leaves us more wanting and less fulfilled than we were when we started in the first place. What should we do?
A likely answer to this question is that we should begins searching for who or what will actually fulfill us. Helen Roseveare feels she has an answer to this question, which she delivers in her new book from Christian Focus Publications titled Enough. Enough is written by Dr. Helen Roseveare, who went to what is now the Democratic Republic ofCongo in 1953, dedicating her life to serving others and pioneering vital medical work in the rain forests. Drawing on biographical sketches from her own life, Helen explores the idea of the sufficiency of Jesus Christ showing that He is enough for salvation, assurance, emotional support, pleasing God, and is enough for our happiness and contentment. Readers can get a good a good idea of what they will find in this book from the following quotation found in the prologue:
"Just as there are many ways of using the word `enough' in our everyday lives, so there are many ways of understanding this in our spiritual lives. There is a wonderful truth that God has enough to supply all our needs. Enough for salvation, enough for forgiveness, enough to overcome temptations, enough to persevere in adversities, enough to calm our fears and anxieties. Enough grace, enough love, enough power. His supply is sufficient to meet not only all our needs, but the needs of everyone else in the world, now and at all times." (p. 9-10)
Readers will likely see their own stories and experiences reflected in those Helen shares from here own life as she recounts how she dealt with her own struggles of feeling assured of the sufficiency of Christ for all of her needs.
I would recommend this book for somebody looking to further explore the idea of the sufficiency of Christ through the lens of a dear saint who has dealt long and hard with this concept in the midst of her many years of ministry and service. At only eighty pages, this book can be completed in one or two sittings. I suspect that readers who are largely familiar with Helen's other biographical works may find some of the content in the book redundant. However, this is the first book I have read by Helen Roseveare, so I am unable to confirm whether or not that is the case.
Dr. Helen Roseveare went to the Congo in 1953. She has dedicated her life to serving others even in the deep trials of life. She pioneered vital medical work in the rainforests of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is an internationally respected speaker with WEC ministries.
This book was provided by Christian Focus Publications for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.