Change is difficult and painful. We often resist the change that needs to be made in our lives. Then we go through a variety of circumstances that life bring us and we are confronted with the change in our lives that needs to occur. I don’t know about you but I really dislike these seasons in my life. As one of my friends likes to say, God uses these seasons in our lives to “pound or hammer sin out of us”. I like the imagery of that statement because it teaches us part of how God grows His people in His image and likeness. A new book Recovering Redemption: A Gospel-Saturated Perspective On How To Change by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer has come out that seeks to help readers understand not only how to change but Who to look to for our change in Jesus Christ.
Chapter one explores creation and the fall while chapter two looks at how the bad news of the gospel applies to everyone. Chapter three looks at the beauty of gospel breaks into and transforms our lives. Chapter four explores the need for ongoing repentance in the Christian life. Chapter five examines justification and adoption while chapter six helps readers understand how to grow in an abiding relationship with Jesus. Chapter seven looks at a critical issue many Christians struggle with in guilt, and shame. Chapter eight helps readers to fight fear and worry while chapter eight will help readers to deal with unhealthy patterns and behaviors in their lives. Chapter ten and eleven explores how Christians can build godly and healthy relationships with others. The book concludes by looking at joy and perseverance in the Christian life.
As I read this book what I appreciated the most was Chandler’s and Snetzer’s honesty and transparency. The stories throughout the book point the reader to the finished work of Jesus. Every Christian can read this book. Some books are written at such a level that only those with in depth knowledge of the topic can read and understand it. This is not one of those books. Instead of this the authors adopt an easy to understand style of writing that helps move the reader along as he/she reads while grasping what they are saying.
Whether you are a new or seasoned Christian Recovering Redemption has something for you. While I personally found chapter nine to be the most helpful, I can see other parts of this book helping readers to grow in their understanding of the work of Jesus. I highly recommend this book and pray the Lord uses it powerfully in the lives of His people.
Author: Matt Chandler
Publisher: B&H (2014)
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