Monday, October 29, 2012

Jesus : Pure and Simple


It's Time to Get Back to Jesus, Pure and Simple

Do you ever feel like you're being pulled in a million directions? Like you're overwhelmed with various programs and ministries, or with studying the steps to good parenting or the best ways to share Jesus with your neighbors? These are all good things, but even good things can sometimes take us away from our number one responsibility--knowing Jesus better.

Wayne Cordeiro shares how to focus on the One who matters most and take part in the joy and fulfillment that He brings. But he also teaches how this leads to selflessness, a true love for others, and effective ministry. It will, in fact, change how you see the world around you.

When you focus on Christ, everything else falls into place. Your relationships. Your job. Your church. Your mission. It's all placed in the hands of Jesus, pure and simple.

My Review:

Cordeiro delivers an important message in an appealing way. In a simple, direct manner, he reminds his readers to not lose sight of the simplicity of the gospel. Jesus should be at the very heart of our lives but even well-intentioned Christians can get bogged down with busyness of life -- including church life. By keeping Jesus pure and simple  we stand a better chance of living a Christ-filled life that is pleasing to God and a blessing to us.

Each chapter ends with a few pertinent questions that really got me thinking. Rather than asking the reader to simply paraphrase parts of the chapter, Cordeiro's  open-ended questions require reflection and would provide lively discussion for a small group. In fact, I used Jesus : Pure and Simple as part of my Sunday School class this weekend and it was very well-received. Created quite an impetus for dialogue -- even among the quieter members of the group. This is a definitely a book I'll add to my library and refer to again and again.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".  

1 comment:

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