The book focuses on the stages of life, "Life over God," "Life apart from God," "Life Under God," "Life from God," and finally "Life from God" The book does a fantastic job of showing how as we mature in our faith and we begin to take part in unity and communion with God, our mindset shifts and our life shifts.
Learning to live with God, where he is our source and supply is a central theme of The Christian life. The power of the cross was that is brought us back into functioning unity with God. Jesus poured His life out so we could Live with Him.
This is not a book that is going to teach you something NEW, but rather reinforce the things that are basic to the faith. It will encourage you and help you to shift your mind to life in a higher mode of life.
The reason to have this book is not because it will change your life, but rather because it keeps your life on point. This is a book that reminds you of th truth you are supposed to know in a fresh and imaginative way....
This book was recommended by a friend as "a book that changed my life". I picked it up - never heard of the author. Skye does an excellent job looking at 4 views of God that are prevalent. He uses scripture to illustrate each viewpoint and as he does it becomes clear that man has overall missed the desire of God - for us to pursue and know Him. The book is freeing and the truth in it will deepen your relationship with Him. Those that might be critical of the content could not have read this for personal evaluation in light of the gospel. The book puts in print what I have believed for years. God wants us to be WITH Him now. No strings attached. Free from the bondage of sin and the law to freedom to live for Christ!
This is one of the best books I have read. It hits the nail on the head. I found myself constantly confessing to God I had Him wrong in my mind and was at fault in so many areas in my relationship with Him. Read it, repent, and be thankful our Father in Heaven wants to be "with" us at all costs.
This is a very simple book, it has a simple message, it is written in a simple way. Even the diagrams in the book are simple, easy to draw on a napkin or white board.
But that doesn't means that the message is not strong, powerful and hugely important.
As the back cover puts it "Stop living your life UNDER, OVER, FROM, and FOR God and start living in communion WITH him".
After introducing the five positions that we relate to God, Skye details each of the four ways in which we try to control God, to bend him to our will. After showing these false positions he moves on to the true way, that is the way of love. He gets there through living with God, with Faith, and with Hope.
As Skye would place as the main thing to remember is that as Paul wrote to the Corinthians "faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love" that faith and hope become meaningless when you come face to face with that which you have faith and hope in.
If when you meet Jesus after your mortal body expires you are stripped of your faith and hope, because that which you have faith and hope in is now realised, what remains? Love. And if you have not love then will Jesus be able to recognise you or are you going to end up in the position were he says that he does not know you?
At the end of the book is a series of discussion questions (titled Discuss WITH others). Don't skip these, make sure you discuss these with someone else. Me, well, first read through I discussed them with Jesus. Its a great way to kick start your relationship living your life WITH him.
I have a pretty hectic reading schedule, what with being a full-time worker in ministry as well as being a full-time student. However, in spite of my schedule, I made time to read the book, With; Re-imagining the Way You Relate to God.
I was skeptical, going into the read, however, I soon realized that those feelings were completely unwarranted. Skye Jethani writes an incredible piece regarding our need to give up our carnal approach to God (life under, over, from & for God) in favor of a relationship which is truly spiritual; truly relational; this is life "with" God.
This book is something that we need, right now, as the church. Jethani's writing is honest, shocking (I say shocking only because, at some point, the reader will realize that they have been, or currently are inhabiting one of the four dysfunctional relationship styles which Jethani mentions, at length, within the first half of the book) and refreshing. In and through the chapters, we learn what we have done to move away from God, but more than that, we learn, in very practical ways, what it means for us to move back to God, to re-connect and re-commune with our Creator in a way that is completely Christ centered.
I highly recommend this book. Both enjoyable as well as thought provoking; Skye Jethani touches upon a subject which is crucial to the church as we move into the second decade of the 21st Century.