Matthew B. Redmond is a talented writer. I’ve been a long time follower of his blog, so of course I was thrilled to get my hands on his debut book ‘The God Of The Mundane’. I had read the series of blog posts that would eventually lead to the book, and felt even as I was reading those initial posts, that what Matt was saying, the world needed to hear. I’m thankful that Kalos Press felt the same way.
As I said, Matt is a superb writer. Because Matt is such a superb writer, this book is a joy to read. ‘The God Of The Mundane’ is the type of book that you can read, and get lost in. Once you finish, you’ll want to read it again. Because of the content of the book, this is a book you need to read again.
Let me be up front. I don’t agree with everything Matt says in this book. I don’t agree with how Matt says everything in this book. And that is okay. Matt has indeed accurately diagnosed a huge problem within the Christian church, and the questions he asks are important. His voice is one that needs to be heard in the world of evangelicalism. The conversation that Matt has started is one that needs to continue, and all Christians, and perhaps Pastors in particular need to take note.
In the world of bigger and better and more radical Christianity…it’s refreshing to read someone who wants to see and talk about the God of the everyday. It’s refreshing to see someone who sees the eternal value of every inch of life. It’s refreshing to see someone who understands the line between spiritual work and secular work doesn’t really exist.
Again, I don’t agree with all of the conclusions that Matt comes to…But, I certainly agree with Matt that there is a problem with how we are talking about faith, and how we view faith. True biblical faith isn’t one size fits all, and it certainly doesn’t look the same for each of us. I’m thankful that Matt has started the conversation, and I pray the conversation continues.
‘The God Of The Mundane’ will be out early next month, and is currently available for pre-order through Kalos Press. Click here for more info or to order.
In ‘Awaiting A Savior’ Aaron Armstrong does a wonderful job at getting at the root cause of poverty. Not only does he diagnose the ailment, but he reveals to us the hope we have for its cure, and motivates us to take part in what God is doing through Jesus Christ and His Gospel to alleviate the suffering we see in the world as a result of sin.
Initially I was tentative to read this book as I was fearful it was yet another in a long line of books inspiring us to live ‘radical’ lives of Christian discipleship. Radical discipleship is not wrong in and of itself, but focusing on ourselves and what we must do instead of Christ and what He has done, and is doing is. Mr. Armstrong completely put me at ease in this regard as I read his book. This is a book that is saturated with Jesus.
There seems to be two extremes within the church as regards to poverty and social issues today. We either want to solve the issues ourselves, focusing only on feeding people, giving them clean water, giving them medicine, or passing out blankets…The other side of the coin is, well let’s just tell them about Jesus and worry only about the state of their souls without regard for their physical well being. Neither approach on its own is the picture you get in Scripture of the responsibility of God’s people towards those in need. The God of the Bibles seems to have quite a soft spot for the downtrodden, persecuted, and less fortunate among us.
Aaron presents us with the Biblical picture of what justice ought to look like, then gives us sound Biblical advice on how to strive for it. Ultimately as Aaron points out, the biggest issue is the issue of our heart…if we have a heart for God, we will have a heart for the people that God has a heart for. Those for whom God’s heart breaks…so will ours.
This is a well written book that challenged me a great deal…Aaron Armstrong has given us a perspective on poverty that seems to have gotten lost somewhere amidst the shuffle to ‘do more’. ‘Doing’ must happen…but it will only happen properly and with lasting results if our motivations are for Christ and seeing the Gospel go forth and transform. Ultimately physical and visible poverty is a result of our spiritual poverty…if we allow Christ to use us to help in alleviating this…the battle is already won.
I highly recommend this book. To purchase Aaron Armstrong’s book, or other titles from Cruciform Press, please visit their website:
Awaiting A Savior, Aaron Armstrong
I loved this book. Beautiful writing, frightening honesty. A pleasant read, but uncomfortable as well, as I identify so closely with all that the author is saying. This is one of those books that I read and think, “Man, I could have written this book.” But the truth is that I probably would never have written this book. It is much too painful to be this honest.
‘Winter Light’ is the journal of Bruce Ray Smith as he seeks and explores humility and what it means to be humble. It is his reflections on his own pride and sinfulness…It is his journey of repentance and surrender and failure. Who of us cannot identify with that in our own lives, especially as it relates to pride? Most times we probably don’t even realize that pride is at the heart of our sin…It is the driving force and the root of our sin. Bruce Ray Smith places his heart upon the page in this book…many times as I read, I felt as if my heart were there with his. I have a feeling it may take me a while to recover from this read…but I plan to return to it often.
I received a free copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review.