Posted by: irenesroth | August 23, 2011

Book Review for Booksneeze Publishers

Rumors of God:
Experience the Kind of Faith You’ve Only Heard About
By: Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2011

According to the authors, our lives are very busy. We multi-task, we overdo, and we tend to overproduce. We seem to be broken down by our fast-paced and all-consuming schedules. We seem to spend our time living on the surface of things and in triviality. We spend very little, if any time, doing things that will restore our body, mind and soul.

Because we live such busy and distracting lives, God is relegated to the background of our lives. We resist the possibility that God can offer a life that has much more meaning and substance. Something deep in our hearts seems to break at the thought of a life of mediocrity. Our hearts cry out for new life, but we keep resisting it. For many of us, the life described in the scriptures feels like a series of rumors rather than real life. We seem to be stuck in a rut.

Churches are filled with people whose faith is cold and lifeless. Society is drifting more and more into secular humanism. There is a growing ungodly world. We seem to reach for things of the world because we haven’t found all that we need in God. Our life is spent on the shallow ends of things, and our souls are minimized because of it. Instead of resting, enjoying our families, joining our social groups, and contributing to society, our lives are reduced to working, watching, spending and repeating the whole process over and over again.

We can break out of this cycle of greed by giving to others, focusing on the eternal and not on the temporary, and by transforming our hearts. We live in a dangerous time. We are urged to overconsume and over accumulate. This results in spiritual poverty.

According to the authors, we should try to minimize the distractions in our lives, and come back to our true roots. We need to become individuals who embrace God and make time for God. If we do this, the authors believe that we will regain our hope and wonder. One of the greatest tragedies of our lives is not unanswered prayer but unoffered prayer. We should strive to seek ask, and knock for the kingdom to break into our lives.

This is a book for our time of emptiness and lack of hope. I urge everyone who feels hopeless to read the book and keep rereading it. There are gems of wisdom in this book that are one of a kind.

I received this book compliments of Tyndale Publishers Ltd.

Reviewed by Irene S. Roth

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