Review of Recreatable by Kevin Scott

Leah Courtney
ReCreatable is one of my first nonfiction books of the year. I was intrigued by the book's description:

ReCreatable begins with the story of a glass baking dish, the delectable aroma of tantalizing brownies, and an unseen defect that turns the promise of something delicious into a minor disaster, leaving glass fragments and brownies irretrievably intermingled. Both the dish and brownies are irrevocably lost.
The implications for us are inescapable: created by God to reflect his glory and for his pleasure, we have been broken by sin to the point that we are completely useless to accomplish the purpose for which we were made. But, unlike the shattered brownie dish that gets discarded as worthless, God takes the shards of our lives and does the miraculous. He does not simply fit us back together. He takes those splinters of our destruction and uses them to re-create us: complete, restored, redeemed, and fitted to do and be all that he ever intended for us.
ReCreatable leads us progressively through the impact of the creative genius of God in our lives. It points us to the reality of restored relationships, the resurrection of our role as true reflectors of God’s glory, and the revolutionary life that can be ours when we learn to be true disciples—re-created to live well for God.

I like the premise of this book because I find myself often feeling like a broken dish. I know I'm supposed to reflect God's glory to the world around me; but I often don't feel as if I am doing a very good job.

ReCreatable offers encouragement for anyone who feels that way. The author- Kevin Scott- takes time to develop this statement throughout the book- "Being a disciple of Jesus is about becoming a person who reflects His glory by living well in a pocket of the kingdom." That statement- made in the introduction- is developed in detail throughout the body of the book.

There were lots of things I liked about ReCreatable. Kevin Scott organizes his writing well making it easy to understand and to remember the main points. In the introduction he states that his desire is that readers understand and learn to to teach others what they've learned. His way of organizing the main ideas into points in each chapter makes it is easy to recall and share the main points.

I also liked his writing style. It's easy to read, conversational, and very clear. He also provides lots of stories to illustrate. This, along with the organization, made the book an easy read.

Kevin Scott also gives plenty of opportunities for application. At the end of each chapter is a section of personal reflection to help readers think about and make application as well as a "Next Steps" section with bullet points from the chapter. At the end of the book is a section that can be used for small group discussion.

ReCreatable can be good encouraging reading for the individual or a great resource to use in a small group. You can read more about it on the Kregel website here.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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