Small Faith - Great God (Large Print 16pt)by N. T. Wright
In the midst of life's challenges, so often our faith feels small and weak. In this book one of the world's premier Bible teachers, N. T. Wright, reminds us that what matters is not so much our faith itself as Who our faith is in. Faith, says Wright, is like a window. The point is not for part of the wall to be made of glass. The point of a window is to allow us to see through it - and let light into the room! Faith allows us to see our situation and our own weakness in light of God who is powerful, holy and loving. Wright also looks at the character of the faith God calls us to. He unfolds how dependence, humility and mystery all have a role to play. God beckons us to lean on him as we seek to be constructive citizens of the world, to speak truth in love without hypocrisy and to risk submitting to one another in love. Wright doesn't ignore the messiness and difficulties of life, when hard times come and the unexpected knocks us down. He opens to us what faith means in times of trial and even in the face of death. Through it all he reminds us, it's not great faith we need: it is faith in a great God.
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Small Faith, Great God by N.T. Wright is comprised of 20 short chapters that he had presented as sermons, but which have been compiled to create this book. The overall theme of the book is that it is less important how great our faith is than it is what our faith is in - the great God of the Bible. While I found every chapter to have at least some nugget of truth worth contemplating, the two chapters that impacted me the most and which I shall take away were the chapters on the story of Ruth and on Christian hypocrisy. The first reminding us to place our security solely on God and not on external factors, including how we like to have security in the way we do "church" with our familiar patterns of worship and our conformity to certain standards. The latter, on hypocrisy, pointed out that it is not at all certain that it is better to be sincere than hypocritical if by being sincere one means only doing what one feels like doing. This will just lead to unstable and unreliable people, whereas a certain amount of hypocrisy in the believer's life is necessary if we are to follow the example of Christ even when we may not "feel" like it. However, the author does examine some genuine hypocrisy in the church that is reminiscent of the way the Pharisees are in Matthew 5 and 6. Also, as I am not necessarily an advocate of the New Perspective on Paul (I say "not necessarily" as I am not that well versed enough in the debate to say whether I would endorse it or not) I can say that one does not need to agree with N.T. Wright on the matter to profit spiritually from this book. Indeed, after reading several chapters, I found it beneficial to begin my day with a chapter from the book. Finally, a prior reviewer gave the book a poor review because the book is not available on the Nook, but please note that the publisher has since made it available on that format - I should know as I recently finished reading it on the Nook. But here's hoping we see many more books by InterVarsity Press on the Nook!
IS IN THE KINDLE WHY NOT THE NOOK