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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
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As Christians find themselves trapped in the rhetoric of platform, influence, retweets, and fame, they need a ladder out of the fray.
Many of us live in a prison of self-absorption. Shackled with pride and despair, we compare ourselves to others constantly in our frantic, unending pursuit of perfection.
Seated with Christ gets to the root of this behavior and charts a path to freedom.
Scripture says that Gods beloved are seated with Christ in the heavens (Eph. 2:6), treasured by Him and given a place at His table. Heather Holleman unveils what this means for us.
It means we walk out on the fight for acceptance. We quit measuring ourselves to others.We leap free from cycles of shame.
Securely-seated people can ask themselves hard questions about their lives; they can deal with sin, grieve their losses, and move forward in hope. From a position of security and self-forgetfulness they can joyfully do the good works prepared for them uniquely. They can even celebrate the successes of others.
Seated with Christ is a deeply personal, liberating look at a glorious truth: that we have a place at God's eternal table.
"Seated with Christ is a breath of fresh air! As a young wife with 3 boys, I found myself living this hamster wheel of approval, pressure, criticism, and the quest for a picture-perfect social media life. Heather Holleman reminds of what the Bible says about life and how we are to view it and live it. If you feel weighed down by the burdens of this world, read this book as a reminder of who Christ has made you to be. I highly recommend it!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review."
Reviewed by Brittany on NetGalley, Apr 21, 2016
gcwfarmgirlOhioAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nice readMay 28, 2017gcwfarmgirlOhioAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
This book came to me at the perfect time. Struggling with self-worth has always been an issue for me. "I'm a nobody. I'll never be enough."
Literally in the first chapter on the first and second page, Heather Holleman described what I was going through, (Paraphrasing)
"I knew Jesus, I loved Jesus. I worshiped and served Him...I studied my bible, prayed, went to church, shared my faith...but something was missing.....my life was more about me. I wanted importance and recognition. I wanted love. I wanted something...(Ephesians 2:6) I was not living as one who had a seat at the table. I lived as one fighting for a seat at the table."
The Holy Spirit convicted me, giving me many epiphanies as I read this book. Showing me where I wasn't letting go and letting God...really showing me how I had an earthly view.
I especially loved the Four Hard but Great Questions chapter, with the questions being; 1. Is Jesus better than anything? 2. Will I live the live God asks me to? 3. Is there anything in my life that doesn't please God? 4. Am I available to be Gods spokesperson?
All in all, a good read!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Brianna4 Stars Out Of 5Seated with ChristMay 8, 2017BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In Seated with Christ, Heather Holleman presents a story about her study of the phrase seated us with him [Christ] in Ephesians 2:6. She incorporates her personal story and her profound interest in verbs to describe the ways that this phrase transformed her view of identity and worth. I originally heard about Hollemans book on a podcast from the broadcast, Java with Juli. I remember feeling struck by the simplicity of the phrase but the effect the words had on Holleman.
I initially chose to read Seated with Christ because I thought that Holleman focused on feelings of inferiority. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that she addressed more facets of comparison than just low self-esteem. Holleman advises readers to focus on sitting with Christ in the heavenly realms. I appreciated this advice as it forms an essential framework for our perspective on earth.
Holleman also provides questions for reflection at the end of each chapter, which could be useful for personal or small group study.
At times I found it hard to keep my attention on the text, but this might be attributable to my environment and not Hollemans writing! I certainly think reading Seated with Christ again would be beneficial in several ways. I also think I should have some sticky notes available the next time I read Seated with Christ!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Living the seated life, confident in action and in rest.March 14, 2016Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I read Heather Holleman's book, I could tell that there was a love affair going on between her and language. She's one of those authors who writes as if the opportunity to communicate is a sacred thing, and she wants to use her every word well. You can tell that her heart beats faster when she finds a way to express stunning truth in a sentence, and her delight comes through the pages and quickens the reader's heart too.
Heather's is the kind of writing that makes me want to treasure the gift of language for myself, and to use words with the honor and care they deserve.
"Seated with Christ" is one of those books that will stamp itself on your soul, because the truth it tells is vital for living well.
Where am I? I'm struggling, fighting with the stuff inside my head and outside my door.
I'm scrapping, trying to get ahold of something good, afraid that I'm losing out to somebody else who seemed to start off closer to the prize. I'm scraping, chasing and wanting, trying to get by, worried that my grasping hands will come up empty and knowing that "grasping" is not a healthy way to live.
Where am I according to God? I'm seated with Christ, resting with confidence in the place he provided, circled around his table with many others who are all looking at his face. I can act with the same confidence that I rest with, because no matter what happens I belong at his table. I'll never need to earn a better seat, and I'll never lose the one I've got.
Heather is so right when she suggests that her reader probably has a mental list of tables they've never sat at. Some of these metaphorical "tables" are far more important than others, but in every case it hurts not to be offered a seat. That will never happen with Jesus. He has made a place for us, and when we recognize that we belong there so many things can change.
Heather has three key words to describe seated living: Adoration, Access, and Abiding. She has an excellent chapter on each of these concepts.
If you're hungry for a place to belong, if you wish you could live more freely, if you long to be unfettered by fears and shame, if you're conscious of "all the places you never sat" and you wish you had a seat with Christ, then please do read this book. Because you already have a seat. And Heather will help you find it.
I thank Moody Press for my review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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