Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Scatter: Go Therefore and Take Your Job With You by Andrew Scott

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
"Not your typical evangelization book," was my first response.

Christians struggle to share Good News - God's offer of reconciliation through Jesus Christ - with those around them. It's not that we don't like the idea of offering hope, freedom from sin, and wholeness.

But the pressure, the obligation, and the duty overwhelms us. We may read method books, cool and trendy how-tos (which don't transcend culture), or send up desperate prayers when we want to help a hurting friend.

Scott examines the mandate and methodology of scripture. How did the first believers take the gospel around the world in a short time? =Through pain, suffering, work, travels, and every other commonality of humankind.

He also asks us to examine our own stories of God's presence and graces. The parables and stories in each chapter ask us to rethink our assumptions of God-with-us.

It's an easy-to-read volume, though not a light one. The reflections at the end of each chapter asked me to reevaluate my relationship with God and others. Well worth reading - and this one I shall read more than once.

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