Book Review: It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

October 26, 2015 12:13 am

It's Not

Jefferson’s Bethke’s new book, It’s Not What You Think, tackles the subject of Christian living in a unique way. The whole premise of the book is that Christianity is not just about a ticket to the afterlife, but that it has significant relevant and ramification for the present life. That is why Christians must see the significance of the kingdom of God as something we are to live out in our day to day lives.

While it is true that Christianity affects how we live and how it impacts society, the major concern I have with this book is its tendency to confuse the mission of the church with what the righteous actions of believers is suppose to be in conjunction with that mission. We are called to preach the gospel to all creation with the hope that unbelievers will respond and be saved. That is the essence of the Christian mission, and to much degree, the Christian life. However, it is true that the Christian is also called to live holy and godly, and be living testimonies of salvation to a lost world.

In general, I see this as an inspiring book for Christian living, but I can’t quite recommend it as a book concerning the church’s mission or what the gospel is.

Note: This book was provided complimentary by Booklookbloggers.com. I was not obligated to give a good review, but only my honest opinion.

Book Review: Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

October 2, 2015 6:31 pm

Sacred

Sacred Marriage is one of Gary Thomas’ most popular book. It is also a tremendously helpful one. It is not a book that gives practical tips on how to better a marriage. Rather, it is a book that describes what marriage should be built on and what should result: Holiness. When a marriage produces holiness in the life of each spouse, it accurately represents the gospel to a watching world and brings glory to God, since the marriage is the ultimate picture between Christ and His bride, the church.

The book is broken down into 14 chapters. Each chapter speaks about a key practice of marriage that fosters holiness and spiritual growth. Chapter 4 (Learning to Love) teaches how love practiced within the marriage covenant can help the spouse grow in love towards all people in general. The practice of prayer, in Chapter 6, also shows how praying constantly and habitually with your spouse can be the vehicle to foster a vibrant prayer life. Each chapter shows practices that are vital and God-glorifying in your marriage, and how such affects your Christian walk in that it helps you to become more Christlikeness.

This is a book I would recommend. Its message is truly biblical, and more marriages can be what God intended it to be if spouses follow the principles laid out in this book. Marriage is not about personal fulfillment, needs, or sexual attraction, but about how one can selflessly serve one another, the effect being that each partner in the marriage grow in sanctification. Sanctification should be the goal of all Christians, no less married couples, who have a chance to practice such things on each other in building their character, effectiveness for ministry, and ultimately for the future day of the Lord.

Note: I received this book as a complimentary book from Booklookbloggers.com. I was not obligated to give a good review, but only my honest opinion.