I usually enjoy fiction more than non-fiction but this book is very enjoyable to read. Platt discusses the sinner’s prayer that is said in churches and television shows daily and if that is the starting point for being a Christian. The basis for this prayer is inviting Jesus into our hearts to save us. However, Platt offers a different philosophy – we don’t invite Jesus, he invites us. Christianity does not come from us chasing Jesus, but with him chasing us. Throughout the book, Platt discusses aspects of Christian life and what believers think and then challenges them through references to scripture. For example, he challenges Christians that don’t regularly attend church for various reasons to participate in the community of followers of Jesus.
What I liked about this book is that Platt doesn’t put forth anything too radical or revolutionary about how faith in Jesus should look in readers lives. Rather, he encourages readers to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus through following what is outlined in God’s word. I particularly liked the chapter on following God’s will in your life and the different methods people employ to try to figure it out. Platt gave some humorous examples of what people do to find God’s will.
This book is a deep, challenging book to read. It gives readers a lot to think about and chew on, but it very helpful and interesting. I will definitely read this one again.
I received this book from Net Galley for review purposes. All opinions are my own.