Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Review: With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God. by Skye Jethani

Insightful, Illuminating and readable are the words that I think best describe this book. Jethani has focused on five tiny words---under, over, from, for, and with---to illustrate the different ways most of us relate to God. Brilliant idea, I think.

The writing is clear, thoughtful, and even touching from time to time. He does not leaving you hanging with no recommendations for change and does go on in an appendix to give the reader a few ideas that he found helpful. Nothing new there; we know what needs to happen, but a reminder certainly isn’t out of order.

You will find yourself identifying people you know, stages that you may have gone through, or even find yourself in the midst of now. This book explains one of the major reasons for burn-out and disillusionment among Christians.

I liked the inclusion of Loyola’s examen and the brief explanation of that practice. Made much more sense and is doable in Jethani’s version.

There is also a study guide for private or group study. Good questions there.

The negatives? The chapter from must have hit a bit too close to home maybe, but the tone changes and I found myself getting angry at the author. Or it might just be me. You’ll have to decide for yourself.

I do recommend this book. Read it. Don’t put down for later, like I did. You will regret that when you do finally pick it up to read.

This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson from the BookSneeze site for my review.

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