This book reminds me of what C.S. Lewis said in his book, Screwtape Letters about the series of peaks throughs that every child of God or follower oThis book reminds me of what C.S. Lewis said in his book, Screwtape Letters about the series of peaks throughs that every child of God or follower of Christ has to undergo. The journey of Much-Afraid is the journey that every Christian has to undergo. Contrary to the common belief, following Jesus is not always a bed of roses. Following Jesus is costly because sorrow and sufferings and difficulties are part of the journey. But the promise of eternal life in heaven and a full life here on earth is so worth the effort.
So why does God allows pain and sufferings? Because these sufferings are meant to prepare and equip us for a more difficult journey we have to face on our journey towards High Places, in the same way that the Chief Sheperd told Much Afraid that she has to walk through the precipice to develop her hinds' feet which she will need in the Kingdom of Love.
I have so many things to say about this book and I had a lot of self reflection during my reading. proper review to follow.
"Did you know it typiI have so many things to say about this book and I had a lot of self reflection during my reading. proper review to follow.
"Did you know it typically takes seven to nine exposures to the Gospel before a person makes a decision for the Lord? Or that most unbelievers trust Christ because someone they know invested time in them? That makes friendship evangelism one of the most attractive and effective ways to witness to others." This summary statement at the back of the book was actually the reason why I picked this up and bought it during the 2013 MIBF (view spoiler)[ and would you believe it only costs PhP 20?! (hide spoiler)]. As a relatively young Christian, I can personally attest that this fact is very true to me. It actually took me at least 4 times of hearing the gospel before I was able to grasp it fully and made that decision to commit myself to Christ. And I know I came to know Christ because someone (or even several people) has really prayed hard for me. My life was never been the same after that, and though it's not really that easy, I can say that it's still far more better.
When Jesus called His first disciples, He never said that they would have an easy life. Instead, he said to them, "come and follow me and I will make you fishers of men." I believe that even today, this calling remains true for every Christian. It has always been His will that no one should perish so He left this Great Commission to every disciple so everyone would be able to hear the good news and accept Jesus' gift of salvation. However, even though I know this truth, I admit that sharing my faith to others, especially to my friends and loved ones, is really a great challenge, probably because I'm so afraid that they would make fun of me for talking about spiritual things or worse, they would outrightly reject me for saying such things. It was always easier to approach some random stranger and start sharing the gospel to her than sharing it to someone I personally know.
Reading this book urged me to really live as salt and light to the people around me. I've always wanted to bear fruit and lead other people to Christ and the best way to do this is to share the very life in Jesus that God has given me. ...more