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How do you survive lengthy seasons of darkness?
As vital as the message of entry is to the Christian faith, many Christians are also desperate for a message of reentry after many seasons of doubt, confusion, bondage to the past, severed relationships, loss, depression, and stress. From places of darkness and shadows, God comes and reveals himself as the one who enters into our pain both as a companion who walks with us throughour trials and as the one who is eager to eventually lead us into a healthier place.
In January of 2014, Josh Ross traveled to Barrow, Alaska, to interact with a community that experiences over sixty-five days of darkness every winter. His time there revealed how essential theprinciples of reentry, roots, and rhythm are to our survival and health far beyond the Arctic Circle.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Chasing Butterflies4 Stars Out Of 5RecommendedNovember 5, 2017Chasing ButterfliesQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3"Are we raising our kids to be Christmas trees or fruit trees?"
This quote was too funny without the context, so that's what I'm starting my review with. Don't worry, it made more sense in context.
I liked the premise and also the style of writing. Barrow is a very interesting place and I enjoyed reading about the author's experiences there as well as the ideas and inspirations that he took from there. Those parts of the book were really interesting and I would have loved to read more about it.
As the author explains the need for roots and talks about roots and rythm in faith, he also gives many examples from his personal life, his career as a pastor and his current church. I enjoyed these parts, too. It was easy to follow his thoughts and explanations and interpretations of Scripture.
However, at times it felt as though I was reading two books in one: one about Barrow and one about his personal life. Because both parts were very good, this does not influence my rating very much, but maybe two seperate books would have been better. From the blurb, I expected there to be more about Barrow.
I have also noticed that Josh Ross seems to be a more liberal pastor. He did mention homosexuality once, but did not condemn it and also shows sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement. I have read many Christian books that are critical of homosexuality and other things, if not completely rejecting it and I can imagine that this has kept some people from reading Christian books... You don't need to worry with this one. But homosexuality and social justice are not the main topics of this book, they just happen to be mentioned, so if you're rather conservative , this should not stop you from reading this book.
So I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in how life is in Barrow and how reentry with God is possible.