★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
This personal and personable look at spiritual transformation caught my attention. I'm teaching a class on spiritual formation in a week or two - so I was interested in the story of how God changed the author. I lived in Seattle for 30+ years and the "who is my neighbor?" resonated with me.
Ruthruff retells the parables and examines the scriptures in his challenges to mindful obedience. He asks us to move from our isolation and beyond our comforts into the world of the poor and hurting. He presents issues of justice, mercy, culture, and self-sacrifice in light of "following Jesus in the Way of the Cross."
He says, "This is the message of the Cross - great power concealed in weakness." The book concludes with questions for small groups that offer us opportunities to reexamine what is taken for granted and things that are overlooked.
"Where are you willing to go?" the author asks. By the end of the book, you will have made decisions to open your heart to those Jesus loves and accepts or to stay in the safe zone of people who don't see themselves as needy or poor in spirit. What not take the challenge of this book and step into transformational service!