Like a succession of failed diet regimens, the much-touted techniques that are supposed to bring us closer to God "in our hearts" can instead make us feel anxious, frustrated, and overwhelmed. How can we meet and know God with ongoing joy rather than experiencing the Christian life as a series of guilt-inducing disappointments?
Phillip Cary explains that knowing God is a gradual, long-term process that comes through the Bible experienced in Christian community, not a to-do list designed to help us live the Christian life "right." This clearly written book covers ten things Christians don't have to do to be close to God, such as hear God's voice in their hearts, find God's will for their lives, and believe their intuitions are the Holy Spirit. Cary skillfully unpacks the riches of traditional Christian spirituality, bringing the real good news to Christians of all ages.
Every preacher needs this!
I found this book to be deeply encouraging, encouraging to faithfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus in everything. The chapter on boring, application based sermons cut straight to the heart in truth and accuracy. The book was also very challenging in the admonition to grow up and take responsibility for my thoughts and feelings, instead of 'looking for God' in my thoughts and feelings. I regret living in this latter realm for far too long, taking out my disappointment with God on others who love me and care about me. With skilled and gentle precision, the chapter on feelings and emotions exposed the error and replaced it with truth, hopeful and timeless truth, for which I am thankful.