Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Aloof~ "God be with us, and with the World."

Book Review: Aloof by Tony Kriz (@tonykriz)

This is a book about... 
No, wait. 
The whole point of "Aloof" is that people's lives, stories, and faith aren't easily categorized, predicted, or defined. 

So, let's say this book is a collection of musings, by a guy named Tony Kriz. 
They're born out of a simple request: God, please be present with my suffering nephew as he battles cancer. 

As Tony thought about the core of his prayer- God, I want you to show up here- his brain took him many places. 
It took him to the only thing he's sure of- the ways God has shown up for him personally.

This is a book about the hiddenness of God. 
It's about the barrenness that God will let a soul experience. 
It's about One who is utterly trustworthy, and entirely mystery.

The stories are strange- "unusual or surprising in a way that is unsettling or hard to understand"- and bittersweet. 
They're his memories. And they're made of words that cleansed and words that shamed, friends who stayed and opportunities that were lost, moments when Glory came so close is stole his breath, and moments when despair seemed too light a word. 

"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
~Frederick Buechner

That's what Tony has done. He's unfolded his memories and spread them out in the Sonlight. 

It's a read that will hook you and keep you. Along the way you'll be led to ponder things such as the concept of community within the Lord's prayer, the betrothal metaphor vs. the marriage metaphor, and the need for holy creativity as we speak about Jesus.

Thank you to BookLook, and Thomas Nelson for my review copy. 

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