Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are thriving in a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the wondrous glory of Jesus? J. A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also the power for our everyday life in Christ. Yet living a gospel-centered life does not always come easily. The biblical meditations in Gospel Formed help to kindle, or rekindle, the passion to live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life by constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb. Funny, punchy, and theologically accessible, readers will be encouraged, challenged, and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity—Christ Himself.
This is a great book to carry with you in the car to read while you have a couple minutes waiting to pick up children from practice, or while waiting at the doctor’s office. Each reading is only a few pages long, but they really make you think and meditate on how you are living your life.
I found that after I read, I would think about it for awhile. I am not sure that there is any new information included in the book, but it does make you think about old information in a fresh, new way. It has the benefit of taking verses that you are already familiar with (maybe too familiar with), and looking at them differently. It is a good reminder of how we should live our daily lives.
Medders writing style is engaging and down-to-earth, which always makes it fun to read a book. Some of his anecdotes made me smile, but they all made me think. This book isn’t at all dry or discouraging, it is invigorating and uplifting.
If you are looking for a short book filled with readings that will fill you in a short time, this is a great choice. If you have more time, you can spend more time reading, but I found it perfect to read a section in the car and then spend the rest of the day thinking it over. You could also use it as a structured devotional book and read a section each day.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.