Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Book Review: Close Enough To Hear God Breathe

In Close Enough To Hear God Breathe (The Great Story of Divine Intimacy), by Greg Paul strives to bring to light to grand meta-narrative of the Bible through the narrative of his own life.  He takes the reader through four movements seen in the Bible and in each person's life:  Creation, The Fall, Redemption and Consummation.

In doing so, he shares many  stories from his childhood through the present-time.  Some of the stories are deeply personal and he shares them with a raw authenticity that was refreshing.  So many devotional books become preachy or overly sentimental, however, Paul seems to have avoided these errors and has kept it real.  In doing so he doesn't try to concretely explain all of God's ways, but leaves room for God's mystery.  I liked how each chapter began with Scripture which theme is weaved throughout that chapter.  Passages you may have glossed over in the past seemed to take on fresh relevance as the reader sees his or her own experiences in the light of the bigger story.

This book is an easy read, but not shallow.  It's one that I can see coming back to for refreshing from time-to-time.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson and was not paid for my review.)

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