Tuesday, August 23

With by Skye Jethani

There are some books which make me nervous before I pick them up, and not in a, “I’m afraid this book might actually challenge me” sort of way.  The books that make me nervous feel like they were written because the author felt obligated to write a book.  Often this is a feeling I get when I read a book by a pastor turned author.  Though it sounded intriguing, I was afraid that With would be book written out of obligation (Skye is the managing editor of Leadership Journal, maintains an award winning blog, and is a speaker at various conferences).

With With (no pun intended), Skye seeks to look at the ways we relate to God.  He begins by outlining four of the most common types of relationships, life under God, life over God, life for God, and life from God.  After offering a description of each he delves into the fallacies of each way. 

For example, life for God is described as always seeking God’s call for your life.  You might feel called to a particular kind of ministry and devote your life to pursuing that.  The problem, Skye explains, begins to come when things start to go wrong.  Those that engage in this sort of relationship begin to wonder why they keep facing hardships even though they feel that they are doing what God has called them to do.  The way they approach the relationship is that they should do everything for God and by doing that they will reap the blessings.

After outlining all four types of relationships, Skye begins to develop and argument for the type of relationship he believes we should have ­­-- life with God.  He breaks this idea up through several chapters, showing how life with God impacts faith, hope, and love. 

“…a desire for a LIFE WITH GOD is kindled when we see him as he truly is and begin to treasure God and not merely use him” (page 110).

Despite being nervous at the beginning, my fears were quickly relieved.  The first chapter felt a tiny bit jumbled and didn’t fully draw me in, but second chapter did.  Skye does an excellent job at explaining the various relationships without talking down to those who currently practice them.  He also makes a good case for life with God.  This is a book I would easily recommend.

4/5 stars

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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