Friday, December 12, 2014
Book Review - Discipleship:Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold
Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind is written by J. Heinrich Arnold with a foreword by Henri J. M. Nouwen. It is published by Plough.
How many of us sort of envy the first disciples of Christ? Wouldn't it have been great to sit at the feet of the Master and learn directly from Him - audibly listening to Him and touching Him? After we think about it for a while, we remember that those disciples were tortured and persecuted for their faith after Jesus was sacrificed on the Cross and, three days later, risen. Would we want to go through that?
Arnold reminds us that living for Christ is not always the easiest thing to do. In fact, although we are not physically with Jesus in the days He walked the earth, we are with Him in Spirit. He talks to us through the Bible and teaches us those tough lessons through experience and His Word - which is always perfect.
This world we live in is a fallen one. We live with pain, suffering, injustice ... and the list goes on. How do we make sense of it all? We want to make everything alright. We want to take away the pain and the suffering. We want to be healers. Sticking close to the Master is tough when life is tough. However, as Mother Theresa said in her review of this book, "He has not called us to be successful, but to be faithful."
I am devouring this book. I think it is for the serious believer who truly wants to keep his/her eyes on Christ. We have faith - He takes care of the rest.
*I received a copy of Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind in exchange for my honest opinion.*