Good News for Those Trying Harder
A lot of people seem angry with the Church. But what is really beneath the anger is exhaustion. They're tired. Tired of trying and then trying harder. They yearn for the "burden is light" they read about in Scripture.
Author and pastor Alan Kraft offers a simple solution: Return to the gospel. Alan believes that we often view the gospel as only the starting point of faith,...more
Alan poses the question towards the end of the first half of the book as to whether you choose to please God or trust God - because our answer leads us either towards (futile) self effort or grace.
I found the first half slightly more engaging than the second. The second describes four remedies for o ...more
Kraft keeps reiterating that the ...more
This book was tremendously moving. It made the gospel fresh again. It gave me a lot of hope as Kraft diligently went through the scripture, making plain that Jesus's job has been finished. My only criticisms are that he cuts this short in favor of giving us things to do, which he spends the first half telling us not to do. The clumsiness with which the second half was written makes me believe the publisher told the author he needs to add a "to do" list to sell the book. The book should have end ...more
Also, quoting Blue Like Jazz? Shouldn't they have been confessing to God and not man their sins? I understand what they were trying to do, but where was the gospel in that (which is at the core of Kraft's book)?
So good. Would recommend this to anybody and everybody. For somebody that is very rule oriented, it's helped me see how I need to embrace my brokenness and not try to have a list of requirements I fulfill to earn Jesus' love. Amazing book. It has changed my entire perspective and I know it will change my life.