I must admit that one reason I chose to review this book for BookSneeze was that I recognized the author as the same one who wrote The Gospel According to Lost- a book I have been wanting to read since I finally finished season six of the series (quite a bit behind the rest of the world).
The book begins with some research findings by the Barna Group exploring how Americans who claim to be Christians define concepts such as righteousness and the gospel. Seay, a pastor of Ecclesia a church in Texas, proposes that we as Christians don't really know the meanings of these words, so how do we know how to live as Christians? Seay spends the majority of the book discussing the concepts of righteousness, the gospel, the kingdom of God, Imago Dei (created in the image of God), justification, and shalom(peace). He ends the book with ten commandments for living in God's shalom.
I will admit that some of this book was really deep for me. I had to reread several passages several times. But, over and over again, I found myself really thinking about what Seay was saying and found myself agreeing with him. There is no question in my mind that we as the modern church have come a long way from the original church in New Testament times. I agree that we have changed the meanings of some of the basic words in Scripture- words like righteousness and gospel- to suit our, often legalistic, version of Christianity. I think we need to change how we view Christ and His kingdom in order to really have an impact on our world.
This is one of those books that takes a while to really process. I have a feeling I will come back to it again to revisit some of these things that have impacted me and made me think. I also believe this book is a life-changer. I don't think one can walk away from this kind of book without making some kind of decision- either to reject and disagree with what has been written or to accept and decide to make life changes. It was that powerful of a read to me.
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