Friday, July 18, 2014

Astonished: Life with God


"Are there bushes burning all around us all the time, but we are too distracted to notice? Am I asleep to the God who is right here, right now?" 
~ Mike Erre  

This is one disturbing book. And I mean that in the best of ways. It shook me a little, and it made me look at things again that I had been ignoring.

Mike Erre is pointing us to the God who spoke about Holy Ground and the Gates of Heaven, where the humans thought that it was all just "plain" earth and sky. The God who told us we must worship in spirit and in truth, who definitively moved the debate right away from what we could control- our outsides and appearances and locations.

The God who told us that citizenship in the Kingdom is a free gift that costs us everything. 
And who described that Kingdom in terms of "smallness and hiddenness" and yet established it to over turn all the orders of the world. 
A God who says that His strength lies in our own weakness, and when we are frail he is mighty to save. 
A God who allows desperation, instead of shielding us from it, and who draws faith out of that. 

A God who is reliable- we can trust Him with everything, but who is never predictable. 
A God who is everywhere present and always with you, but who allows lengthy stretches where you will feel nothing but empty and dry. 

He is a God of truth and paradox and mystery and whimsy. And we need Him desperately. 

Thank you David C Cook for my review copy of this book. It is well worth your time. 

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Cor. 4:7 

Mike Erre is senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California. He has previously served at both Mariners Church and Rock Harbor Church in Orange County. A graduate of Talbot School of Theology, Mike speaks at universities and conferences around the country. This is his fifth book.

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