Those of us who’ve been trying to follow Jesus for a long time have the unfortunate problem of keeping the passion alive. Over time, the wonder goes away and being a Christian is “something we do” rather than something we are. This is not really a new thing…Jews following Moses’ lead who had seen God provide quail and manna when they desperately needed food forgot this in the desert and made idols. It was good to remember the wonder that the same God who made the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, the animals, and everything I can see and touch…cares enough about knowing me personally that He would send His only Son to SUFFER and DIE for me. I need reminders of that from time to time.
Makes us take a hard look at the things we “lump in” with Jesus that makes those outside the Church wonder if they ever want in. Things like pressure to dress in certain ways, talk in certain Christian “code words”, vote a certain way, and “oppose” certain things.
Understand, I’m not advocating a ‘life without rules’..I do believe part of following Jesus is becoming more holy, because Jesus IS holy. But that should evolve out of love for Him. When you love someone, you do things to make them happy. People show respect for “the law” by what they do when they think the cops aren’t looking, capisce? I also think it’s impossible to make Jesus Republican or Democrat. I’m sure He’d find much to be disappointed with in the philosophies of both major parties (and probably all the ‘third parties’ too, lest you think I’m taking it easy on the Green Party, Libertarians, Constitution Party etc. etc.)
There is SO much focus on the mystical, the “touchy feely” Jesus that it would be bad for someone who’s just come to Jesus and is now looking to follow Him. Miller almost never has anything from the Bible to back up what he says and this would leave a new Christian without a good foundation to build their faith on. It would be like trying to be a veterinarian by petting dogs and cats but never reading textbooks about how they work inside.
Good for a single read for the spiritual seeker. Probably worth multiple refresher reads for mature Christians when they start to get dried out spiritually. Nothing I’d see as a “must buy” though.