Popular author Kyle Idleman examines the paradox of the Christian life. When Christians overlook that paradoxical nature of our faith, they inadvertently follow the world, even to its feckless results and hollow living. This book calls us back to what our culture blinds us to.
Though based loosely on the Sermon on the Mount, I would not categorize this an exposition. It strikes me as much more belonging in the Christian living section. I was picturing A. W. Tozer walking out in a hip suit and talking in modern slang. Of course, Tozer would never do that, but perhaps you get the idea.
The book is divided in parts with four chapters each. In the first part, Where Blessings Begin, he writes on brokenness, mourning, being humbled, and being authentic. Authencity is a popular concept these days, but the others are rarely spoken of. His version of authencity is far better than much of the “I am just me” that passes for authenticity in many places. In this first part, I thought the chapter on being humbled was the best and most challenging. The more I think about it, though, I wonder if that says more about me than the book.
I underlined several lines throughout the book. For example: “But it’s so easy for me to put on a show, add a little extra, be more than I am. Every instinct I have tells me to cover my sin deeply, to stamp a big smile across my face, and to give the impression that I have all the answers. But getting to the end of me means getting over myself so the real me can experience the real life in Christ.” See what I mean?
The second part goes on, as you might imagine, to being filled with Christ after being emptied of self. It is well done throughout. I commend Mr. Idleman for writing on these that are sorely needed but run contrary to most of what we hear these days. This is a good read.
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