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Jesus called his first disciples to spiritual wakefulness and then returned to find slumped bodies and faint snores. Not much has changed. Although Jesus commands us to be alert throughout the Gospels, most believers find the charge to be, well, exhausting. Maybe that's why Jesus taught so passionately about being "alert" and "awake."
If you've never unpacked these passages before, join Rick James on an engaging journey through these New Testament teachings. Why? Because being awake changes everything.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testaments teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christs return. Because being awakecontinually in prayer, watchful for Gods will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obediencechanges everything.
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5This will challenge youJanuary 25, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I loved the description of this book because I couldn't agree more that our world, particularly our Christian world, is asleep in their faith and we need to live wide away.
This book did approach the subject a bit differently then I anticipated but it was still very well written. I loved James' tone as writer. He is taking on a very heavy subject but he manages to keep a light, and even fun, tone throughout.
He shares personal stories, which always draws me in and also shares his thoughts and ties them into scripture. This is a very powerful read and with some great thoughts and insights that will challenge you and your faith.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5It's okay, nothing theologically deepJanuary 16, 2017daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0It has a rather interesting book cover that caught my attention, probably due to the rooster that I currently have in the backyard that crows around 4 am. A time that is nowhere near a time that he needs to be crowing. In fact, this particular rooster is useless, because he doesn't do a very good job in watching his flock of hens. What he does do a good job of, is eyeballing me and wondering when I'm not watching him so he can make his dash and attempt to flog me. But me, I'm always watching out for him, like him for me.
But back to the book. The synopsis of the book is that you have a "wide-awake faith in a world fast asleep." I find myself often pondering this ideology which is why I was curious to read this book.
I found the book to be relatively easy to read, and with enough bible quotes not to feel like I was being preached upon. If you are wanting a theological discussion on how the world of Christians are sleeping, then this is not the book for you. It is not deep, for which I was thankful for, and was just enough thought provoking that made me look into my own life and look for ways to make changes. But, neither will I be calling up fellow church member to have an in-depth discussion on this book.
It was divided into chapters, and each chapter had short stories sprinkled with bible verses to make the point across. I like that I am able to pick up the book and be able to start reading in the middle, without getting lost because I didn't read each page by page by chapter by chapter.
Would I recommend this book? Um, maybe. It's light reading and something to pass the time on a trip. For me, I enjoyed it for the most part.
I received this book complimentary from the publisher, Tyndale Publisher, via the Tyndale Blog Network. The review I wrote was my own honest opinion, without any pressure to present a positive review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Rambling exploration of spiritual wakefulnessDecember 29, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3We don't know the day or hour of Christ's return. We are to remain awake and keep watch. (Mark 13:32-37)
James identifies sleep as a fitting metaphor for one who has been quickened by God's Spirit but remains oblivious and unresponsive to spiritual reality... We get distracted from our spiritual lives. Being awake, James says, is a matter of perspective and awareness.
James explores a number of aspects of being awake. There is discerning God's will, being alert to spiritual warfare, experiencing trials, realizing that the resurrected Christ lives within, awareness of the life to come, not being a hypocrite, and being ready to share the gospel.
I found this book to be a bit rambling and not as structured as I'd like. He tells lots of stories. Sometimes I wondered what the story had to do with the lesson he was teaching. I did enjoy learning about the brotherly origin of Adidas and Puma. And it was interesting to find out why dogs stick their heads out of car windows.
But there was a long section on memory to introduce us to the use of our senses to discern God's will. The connection? Memory is a matter of bringing to bear all of the input from all of the senses. He argues that we must also have a multisensory approach to discerning God's will. But did I really need to know how Joshua Foer remembers the order of a deck of cards or about memory palaces? Many of the stories with which he began each chapter just seemed irrelevant.
Perhaps this book is aimed at a younger crowd that loves reading stories about movies and contemporary people. James did give a few illustrations from godly people and I enjoyed those much more than the others.
I was not captivated by this book nor was I greatly encouraged to be awake and watchful. The topics seemed all over the place and there was just too much irrelevant information in the way of stories. I had a hard time following the trajectory of the book. Others may find this book inspiring, especially those who have not read much on living a fervent spiritual life.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.