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This Beautiful Mess: Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    The Kingdom of God is not just experienced in heaven (as many be

    The Kingdom of God is not just experienced in heaven (as many believe), His kingdom is the way things really are….and it’s already happening all around us. We live in His Kingdom, and the book makes the valid point that many of us do not live like it is His Kingdom. We live as if Jesus is our Savior but not as our King, a very important distinction. I love this quote from McKinley “When I became a Christ follower, the sad truth is that I transferred Christ into my kingdom, into the context of my life. My kingdom consisted of my desires and aspirations, namely the future I hoped for, an agenda that allowed me to reign as I chose….I wasn’t good at ruling my little kingdom, though.” He goes on to say “I realize now that God was not abandoning me. He just wanted nothing to do with my kingdom agenda. First, we had to settle the kingdom dilemma. Had Jesus bowed to my agenda, He would not have been the true God.”
    There are some big thoughts to absorb early in this book. McKinley goes on to discuss different elements of what it’s like to live in His Kingdom and how to shift your thoughts and your actions to serve God appropriately. While there were many good nuggets sprinkled throughout the book, I found it was not a book that I eagerly anticipated the next chapter and the later part of the book did not hold my interest as much as the first few chapters did.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "been there, read that" I am givin

    booksbysteph says "been there, read that"


    I am giving this book a neutral review rating. This author is another theologian who is giving his version of what the kingdom of God means in relation to the present time. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with what the author is saying, but I have heard it all before. 

    As for the writing, I got lost as he jumped from one metaphor to another just to get a simple point across. And what is with the random poems at the end of the chapters? Another why to confuse the reader into believing the author's point-of-view? If you have the patience, give this book a try.

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    great book! 

    great book! 

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