Monday, March 7, 2016

"Rooted" by Banning Liebscher

Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You

"The only way (God) can build this root system of abiding connection is by taking us though a process that asks again and again "Do you trust me?" Every time we say, "I trust you," our root system grows. That's how we thrive as he prepares us to bear lasting fruit." ~Banning Liebscher

For me, this quote was the heart of the book "Rooted." The image of roots, stretching out underground, hidden from all eyes, feeding and anchoring the luxurious upper growth, is a fine one to help us think about the Christian life. We need those roots, often developed in secret, before we can have the visible foliage and desirable fruit. 

This book is Banning's meditations on getting roots. He believes that our roots grow best in three "soils," the soil of intimacy, the soil of service, and the soil of community. This means that our relationships matter, and our work matters. To state the obvious- what we do and how we do it shapes our souls.  

Banning will do a better job explaining his key concepts and lessons than I will, so let's say this- if you're interested in some accessible thoughts about how a life-vision develops and grows, then try this book. You'll pick up some wisdom, and be reminded that inner growth is what fuels all great actions, and that every risk you take to love somebody and live faithfully is worth it. 

I thank Waterbrook Multnomah for providing my review copy. 

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