04 (April 2013)

Life in the Big Story

Life in the Big Story
Paul Relf Paul Relf is Pastor at Enon Baptist Church, Chatham.
31 March, 2013 1 min read
Life in the Big Story


Heidi Johnston
IVP
192, £8.99
ISBN: 978-1-84474-579-1
Star Rating: 4 stars

This is a challenging but heart-warming book. It sets the context for the Christian life and is subtitled ‘Your place in God’s unfolding plan’.

Using Deuteronomy as a base, it challenges readers to examine their life and ask themselves if they are living a life of holiness. By using Deuteronomy, the whole Bible is drawn together. The book helpfully shows how God’s plan fits together and is relevant to us today.

It covers in 17 chapters many areas relating to Christian living, such as obedience, freedom, law, blessing, matters relating to family and work, and helping others. One chapter heading, ‘Living like you belong to God’, sums up the main theme.

Despite the tough subject matter, the book is very readable. It is well illustrated from living examples, as well as being rooted in the context of Deuteronomy. The theology is soundly biblical and naturally comes to Jesus Christ and the cross in later chapters. There are lots of gems of application, which make it useful. I found myself underlining and highlighting many helpful points.

This is suitable for newer and younger Christians, but will benefit and hopefully inspire all. It will help those who struggle to put their Christian faith into practice and will lead to a better grasp of the Bible as a whole, as well as giving a greater understanding of holiness.

Paul Relf

Chatham

Paul Relf is Pastor at Enon Baptist Church, Chatham.
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