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A Kingdom Called Desire: Confronted by the Love of a Risen King

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Author Rick McKinley explains how you can became the honest, passionate follower Jesus is looking for---a follower willing to let your heart be confronted by Christ's transforming love to fulfill your deepest desires and radically reveal his Kingdom through your life.
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Published April 5th 2011 by Zondervan (first published 2011)
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Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Rick McKinley uses, essentially, a poetically minimalist style to guide readers to leave the religious treadmills that they run, honestly examine their hearts' greatest desires, and see how a loving relationship with Jesus will satisfy the deepest desires of their hearts. It is not exactly a revolutionary text, but it is Biblical and generous and pastoral, and many people will benefit from reading it.

I have been a fan of Rick McKinley for years now. I listen to his podcasts from Im
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Stephen Escalera
(Disclosure: I received this book for free in return for an unbiased review. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions that follow are my own)

"What is it we most deeply want?"

"What do you want? What do you really want?"

These are easy questions to ask ourselves, but incredibly hard ones to answer honestly. These are the types of questions that Rick McKinley challenges the reader to consider in his book A Kingdom Called Desire. Although rather short (only 176 pages), it is packed
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Taylor Storey
This one reminded me of "Desiring God" by John Piper or perhaps John Eldredge's "Journey of Desire". I asked the author if he was familiar with either of those books and I was shocked he answered in the negative. I thought authors would consult the books that are out there on a subject before writing a complete book about it. These are not the kind of authors I would like to read.

If I remember correctly he spends the majority of his time retelling Jesus' parables found in Matthew. I'd encourage
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Luke
Apr 30, 2011 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book had one powerful idea in it. Most Christians today are not falling short in their relationship with Christ because of 'How?' questions. Rather many have failed to answer the simple question of 'Why?' in a satisfactory way. Their heart is perpetually restless for sin because it has never found rest in truly desiring Christ. Some of the supporting material around this idea was a little formulaic and boring, but the first 50-60 pages were a fabulous read.
Julia
Jun 27, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really nice short read positing that Christians and Christian culture spend too much energy asking "how?" when the right questions to ask are about our desires-- "why?" and "what do you want?" We try to sate our deepest desires with religiosity or sin or achievement or family or whatever but ultimately fulfillment only comes through the redemptive love of Jesus. A fresh perspective on what the Christian life is, communicated with energy and nuance.
Milan Homola
very basic and simple point...that is what I enjoyed about it. But the depth of undiscovered life bound up in looking at our desires is overwhelming. Solid book and I appreciated the non-Bell like writing that was straightforward and didn't try to pull any punches by tweaking orthodox vocabulary.
Brian Cawley
Jul 11, 2012 Brian Cawley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another strong book from one of my favorite authors. Really good nuggets in here (especially the chapter on vocation) but not quite as strong as This Beautiful Mess. Would give it 4.5 if I could.
Janver Holly
May 21, 2013 Janver Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great discussion of the dynamic, God-given role of desire in the personal and spiritual life. Striking were the thoughts on freedom and the ultimate good brought about by the existence of evil.
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