Recent years have seen a resurgence of writing on the book of Jonah. The book of Jonah is well-known, but many people miss the connection between Jonah and Christ. Jonah faced a tough assignment one that would send him into the heart of one of the most violent civilizations of the ancient world. Jonah was sent by God on a mission to warn notorious terrorists of God’s anger with them. In his helpful book Jonah Navigating a God-Centered Life Pastor Colin S. Smith has written an outstanding and thoughtful commentary that will help Christians to not only understand Jonah but also the connection between Jonah and the person and work of Christ.
Many Christians today struggle with the idea that God is far from them, but Jonah reminds us that God is near to us and close to the broken-hearted. Pastor Smith writes in an engaging, easy-to-understand way that will help the new or seasoned Christian understand what he is teaching them.
The author defines God-centered living as being “driven by a passion for His Son Jesus Christ that shows itself in love, trust and obedience towards Him” (7). Jonah by Pastor Smith will help its readers to not only understand God-centered living but to apply the teaching of Jonah into their own lives. As I read this book, I was struck by not only how Pastor Smith excelled at exegesis but how the story of Jonah is so applicable to our personal lives. This book will humble, convict, challenge, comfort and change lives, and will help people see themselves as they are, running from God but always brought back by God’s intervention and grace. I recommend you get a copy of Jonah Navigating a God-Centered Life and learn how to be driven by a passion for Jesus Christ that shows itself in love, trust and obedience towards Him.
Author: Colin S. Smith
Publisher: Christian Focus (2012)
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