Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review: A Must-Read

Pre-children I was a believer in reading a book a week. Post-children I am now a believer in reading whenever you can, in hopes of actually completing a book (and no, Goodnight Moon and The Little Red Caboose don't count).

I'm on a "read-and-finish-a-book-about-every-two-weeks" track right now. Not too bad.

I just finished a book that is a must-read. I repeat: a MUST-READ.

Michael E. Wittmer's newest book, Don't Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough, asks and answers some of the toughest and most important questions facing the Church today. For example:
- Must you believe something to be saved?
- Are people generally good or basically bad?
- Which is worse: homosexuals or the bigots who persecute them?
- Is the cross divine child abuse?
- Can you belong before you believe?
And the list continues.

Wittmer delicately navigates the growing current to "love like Jesus" that, in many ways, clashes with the historical tide that "believing Truth is all that matters." This book will help you understand conservative theology and its historical context in light of today's liberal push - and why any of this matters for the Church tomorrow.

"Authentic Christianity demands our head, heart, and hands. Our labor for Christ flows from our love for him, which can arise only when we know and think rightly about him. Genuine Christians never stop serving, because they never stop loving, and they never stop loving, because they never stop believing." (Wittmer, p.20)

What are you reading right now?


  1. Sarah,
    I love your comments. I'm currently reading "Can you drink the cup" by Henri Nouwen. It's been a blessing and a challenge.

  2. This sounds like a fantastic book Sarah! I would love to read it, but sadly my one book a week habit BC (before children) has become more like 2 books a year & that's only if we go to the beach! I am so thankful if I can actually read through a whole magazine! But I will add this to my list of "hope-to" reads!