Friday, July 29, 2011

Book Review: Rumors of God

Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson are explicit about why they wrote Rumors of God: Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About. Many of us American Christians are bored, uninspired and disappointed with our faith experiences. Perhaps the life described in the Scriptures is more like a series of rumors instead of real life. Jesus said that He came so that we may have life, and have it more abundantly, but how many of us can say that it describes our life experience? While Christianity is growing in places like South America, China and India, its growth and influence seems to be waning in America. Society seems to be drifting further and further into secular humanism and we, as Christians, feel powerless to do anything about it. It seems like the future of the Western Church is hanging in the balance.

The authors penned this book because they believe God is writing an epic, global, redemptive story that each one of us is invited to. They hope their readers will gain a clearer understanding of the cultural and spiritual obstacles the Western Church is facing and what we can do to overcome them. They are convinced that God has something fresh that He wants to do, and we merely need to earnestly seek Him in order to be a part of it. Using examples from their own lives, they show how powerfully God is still moving today.

I truly loved this book. It is absolutely heart-changing. There were two points made that really struck a chord with me. The first is that many people think of hate when they think of the Christian Church, not love. Too often we say, “Correct your ways and then I’ll love you” instead of “I love you right where you are.” The second is that we are all too often acting like an indifferent bride. If during a wedding ceremony, the groom is overflowing with love and excited to marry his bride and she, in turn, is indifferent to him, we would advise the couple to reconsider the marriage. We are Christ’s bride, but do we love Him the way that we should?

Rumors of God is both challenging and encouraging, and I highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher's BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. The book is not your typical, build-your-self-esteem book filled with useless advice and words that fail to fulfill the promise written on the back flap. I could relate to it, and I know many in my Praise and Coffee group could relate to it. I know my readers can relate to it. It's more than a book, but pages of deep thought peeling away our bitterness and shallow reasoning of what we think about church. God, I agree, IS doing something new with church in America. In one paragraph, the author shows HOW God is working in church.