One of the books I read whilst away on holiday was Plastic Jesus: Exposing the Hollowness of Comfortable Christianity by Eric Sandras.  The book is a challenge to subruban comfortable Christianity which so often misses the actual point.  Living in Tonbridge, certainly a good example of suburbia from the UK I thought it would be an interesting read, which had been recommended by my friend Jon.  The book looks at a number of big issues:

  • Identity
  • Calling
  • Doubt and discourafement
  • Discovery and learning
  • Intimacy with God
  • Brokeness

As I read the book I was reminded of some important truths:

The Father’s total love and acceptance for Jesus wasn’t based on performance.  It was based on relationship.  Jesus was loved because of whose he was, not because of what he did. (p. 35)

As crazy as it sounds, it’s as natural for God to pursue us as it is for us not to pursue him. (p. 41)

Suburbia gives us shame in our brokeness; Jesus gives us hope.  The church often says, “How could you?” The Holy Spirit says, “I still love you.”  Our culture finds no value in broken things; God finds redemptive value in them. (p. 144)

It was a refreshingly challenging book, one that reminded me of the ease for which we settle for less.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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