Thursday, May 16

Bound Together by Chris Brauns


Individuality is something desired by many, especially in the United States. We want to be judged by our own choices and make our own path. When someone else's choices negatively affect us we want to be disassociated with that person. In Bound Together, Chris Brauns wants to show that we are not isolated, but are bound together.

The phrase Chris uses throughout the book is the ‘principle of the rope,’ meaning that we are tied to each other, or bound to each other. He starts out by explaining how Adam’s sin binds us together. Because of Adam’s sin, Chris writes, we have a corrupt nature and that the pain and suffering we experience today was, “predicated on Adam’s failure in the garden.” Chris is quick to point out though, that this is not the end, nor the only rope. We are also bound together because of Christ.


After this Chris explains how the principle of the rope can be applied in marriage, hurting families, in the face of the death, and in culture. He uses examples from real life as well as Biblical examples to illustrate his point, and he doesn’t shy away from harder questions such as why God would order the Israelites to destroy a particular group. The chapter that interested me the most was ‘Roped Together in Country and Culture.’ On one hand there is a strong desire for individualization. You may have your own beliefs, tastes, and interests and want to be able to follow those as you please. While there is a time and a way to be an individual, you are also tied to your community, country, and church. Regardless of how we may try to brush off these ties we are still connected. If anything, Chris argues that too much focus on individualism can be a negative thing, since focus is pulled away from the community.

While I thought Chris handled the subject well, the writing itself sometimes felt a bit bland. It is a well-researched book which sometimes struggles to maintain interest as the content is not consistently presented in an interesting way. While not a bad book, it is also not a great book. Though it’s already a slim bit there are some parts which could be trimmed back to make this a more engaging read.

3.5/5 stars

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Zondervan as part of the 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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