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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Reluctant Journey - Richard Parrott

Finding God's Purpose for your Life. The 14 chapters in this book are divided into 3 sections titled Homeless with God, Troubled by God, and Hidden from God.  In this book, the author uses the lives of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph to illustrate these points.
In the introduction, Richard states he has a double yoke in his office to remind us of "our partnership with Jesus."  Some of my reformed friends may have a problem with this idea of "partnership" and the idea of an "invitation."
Each chapter has a summary of Bible passage, a summary of the chapter, and a Think section with questions for reflection and conversation.  I can see these being used in a group Bible study or simply for personal use.  In the chapter titled The Gift of Deep Healing, there is a section on forgiveness.  He describes a personal illustration of an incident that happened with his son concerning forgiveness.  The author sums it up by saying "Forgiveness is not just a moment but a process."
In the chapter titled the Promise of God, the author says he heard God speaking to him on a Thanksgiving morning while drinking coffee in a restaurant.
Other features include truths from the Lord's Prayer and stories from the founders of our faith.
The author is a professor at Trevecca Nazarene University and a n elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  This book is published by Thomas Nelson under the Refraction collection that features
"succint and candid writing for a contemporary minded reader." More information at refractionbooks.com.  This book weighs in at 280 pages, which is quite an undertaking for the reader.
I have been provided with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review.

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