Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: God’s Story for You: Discover the Person God Created You to Be by Neil T. Anderson

Review: God’s Story for You: Discover the Person God Created You to Be
Neil T. Anderson
Bethany House Publishers

This is the first of the Victory Series studies designed by the author as a “comprehensive discipleship course” (155).  The series will be an eight book series by the author.  This particular study is foundational and even though it seems too basic at first glance, it is not.  Neither is it so difficult that it would be not be useful for its stated purpose.

This study contains six sessions that examine the Person of God as He relates to His creation.  Therefore, the first session covers not only the beginnings of the story, but also the natures of God and man, why that matters, and what expectations exist between God and man.  Through five different lessons that conclude with questions to consider, the reader will have a basic, yet thorough, understanding of the early interactions between God and man.  The sessions that follow grow from that point forward.  

The sessions depend on the scripture reading suggested and the brief couple of pages that the author supplies for the participant.  As Anderson states in the introduction the “VICTORY SERIES is far more than an intellectual exercise ...For the truth to transform your life, you must believe it personally and allow it to sink into your heart.” (9-10). He urges the reader to live what he believes. And he assumes a student that is serious in that endeavor.

My thoughts about this book have changed as I looked into it more deeply as I mentioned earlier.  Do not choose this series if you are not ready for some devoted time to think about what you have read and its application in your life.  If on the other hand, growth and maturity are your goal, this series may be helpful to you.  Given that caveat, I do recommend this study and this first of the series to you.

This book was provided by the publishers in exchange for my review. 

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