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Crazy but true

By Natalie Brand
July 2015 | Review by Wendy Evers
  • Publisher: Bryntirion Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-78397-066-7
  • Pages: 106
  • Price: 5.99
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Both the title and cover of this book give nothing away as to its contents. Natalie Brand has written on the subject of unity with Jesus in a clear and readable fashion, specifically for women.

The author bases her approach on a loose study of Colossians, although other biblical references abound. Throughout the book are reminders that we are rooted in Christ and being built up in him.

Chapter one is an introduction to the search that Christian women must pursue in order to be satisfied in all circumstances. The writer wants her readers to catch a vision of King Jesus, ‘to grasp more of the crazy truth of being a woman connected to Jesus for life, walking in him every day’ (p.9).

In further chapters, Natalie Brand writes on the sufficiency of Jesus, what union with Christ is — and being buried and raised with Jesus. She also looks at practical issues, such as living with Jesus on weekdays, and friendships (particularly within the local church). This leads to what she calls the ‘Titus 2 mandate’. The final two chapters are on the Lord’s Supper and putting on the whole armour of God.

At the end of each chapter are two or three pertinent questions. Natalie’s intention is that the book can be used as a basis for women’s group discussions. The book is also useful for individual reading, as there is plenty to think and pray over. Most chapters are short and have subsections, making this easy to dip in to briefly.

In summary, I found this book excellent. The emphasis on being in Christ (as well as enjoying his privileges) is uplifting. It is good for older Christians to be reminded of these truths and to again rejoice in the Saviour, and for new Christians to learn what it is to be chosen by God and called to be in Christ.

Study of theology is shown to be vital in order to ‘live it out’ as Christians. Everything is stated in an uncluttered way and I can wholeheartedly recommend this.

 

 

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