Monday, April 25, 2016

When Anything Goes....

When Anything Goes: Being Christian in a Post-Christian World

 Don't let the title scare you away. This isn't (another) screed against the slipping morals of modern America. Instead, "When Anything Goes" is Leslie Williams' response to a world that's clamoring with opinions and crying out for meaning. 

As a believer with a keen intellect and a disarming sense of humor, Leslie is an excellent guide on the tour of God-and-humanity interactions. She's distilled her convictions from decades of personal experience and informed her conclusions by years of study. 

When she speaks about Christianity, she speaks to a human being first, a soul-hungry creature that's made for more (and made of more) than immediately meets the eye.

We're all "beggars for love, with our hands outstretched." We have illusions of control. We are not in control. We will someday die. Leslie tells it like it is, but she doesn't stop there. She calls us out of hiding, out of covering our dirty tracks, and into greater Life. We can be overwhelmed by the magnificence of forgiveness. We have a home in the heart of God, with the door held open by Christ.We are treasures in God's sight.

I got the sense as I read "When Anything Goes" that Leslie has a very practical Christianity, one worked out right here in the world where all the ends don't tie up and all the numbers don't seem to add. Some people have never encountered a faith that could survive outside a sanctuary. This book reminds us that Christianity, like its Christ, works with whatever material it is given. Nothing is too poor or too profane for God to use or transform.

Ultimately, my best endorsement is to say that this book is reminiscent of C. S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity." C.S and Leslie both know how to talk of heavenly things to their earthly neighbor. And that kind of conversation is one we need more of. 

I thank the author and Abingdon Publishers for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

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