Thought Provoking Message-Allow God to Shake Up Your Life
January 3, 2017
The Insanity of God is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia.
The book "The Insanity of God" was not the book I had anticipated it to be. I expected that it would talk more about the loss of their son and how they continued to serve God. The reality is that was only a minor part of the book. This book had me evaluating my faith. Could I serve God if everything appeared to be failing? Would I be willing to try day after day?
Nik Ripken asked questions I had thought before. Why do so many Americans not understand that we are all called to live out the great commission? For many, we don't understand "Go" to be personal.
The book highlights the fact that as Americans we are spoiled. We see persecution as the exception to the rule. The reality is that for many people persecution is the rule. Yet it is in the persecution that we see the most growth. When we are growing in the midst of persecution we hold tightly to the lessons we have learned. We must be willing to go...whether we return or not is in God's hands.
This book has already made an impact on me and I know as I continue to ponder the message that I will continue to mine the depths of the message. If you want God to shake up your life this book is definitely one to read!
*Received a copy from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
I had seen the movie and wanted the book. The book is great, with more details than the movie could provide. We are not to be pew-sitters if we truly believe the Bible and are Christ followers. The Ripkens show the true story of being Christ followers. I would also recommend the follow-up book, Insanity of Obedience.
It seems that we have become too comfortable in our lives. This book should awaken every heart and soul from their slumber and make them wonder why as Americans we have not suffered for Christ. Why we sit in our comfortable church pews and houses listening and reading our works of literature and Bibles. We should be stirring up our souls to find where Christ is at work. We should be finding our missions and do what Christ called us to do, seek and save the lost. This book makes you yearn for the faith of those persecuted. To want to find the same passion for the lost. It stirred my soul.