Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Beloved Dust// Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth about Yourselfby Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel



Review: Beloved Dust// Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth about Yourself
Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
Nelson Books
2014

I was intrigued by the title of this book.  Dust? It’s been quite a while since I had heard that word used in the way these authors use it.  This dust reference comes directly from Genesis 2.  They are talking about you and me and the rest of us in this book.  It took me some time to get on board with that terminology even if it isn’t new.  So the early part of the book was a bit of struggle for me.  The style is not difficult.  In fact, these authors have an engaging way of drawing the reader into the text. 

They seek to help the reader discover the truth about themselves, paraphrasing the title, and the place they start is the beginning.  Their descriptions in no way denigrate the worth of man to his Creator, but neither does it place man in control of the universe.  Once that is firmly established they go on to prayer.  This portion of the book is not the usual book about prayer and I found it much of it very helpful in my own walk.  

For me, the ease with which the authors presented the subjects linking them to Biblical texts, practices, and illustrations from today makes the credits on the back truer.  I’ll borrow what Skye Jethani had to say.  “This book will draw you into a richer communion with God as it did for me, and that is the highest compliment I can possibly offer.”  He summed up what I found to be true reading this book.

There are no study guides or discussion questions built into this book.  There is a six week DVD driven study available for a reasonable price sold separately from their website or online retailers. 
I recommend this book to you.  There is so much good in it that you would be depriving yourself if you passed on this one.  I have recommended to the small group that I attend already.

This book was provided by the publisher via BookLook in exchange for a review.

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