Walking on the Waves: Meeting Jesus through Stories and Scripturesby Mark Shaw
But what kind of spirituality are people seeking? There are many
Dull, empty, lonely, alienated, confused, afraid, powerless, hopeless, aimless. Unfortunately, these words ring true in describing the lives of many people today. The material world has failed to produce love, joy, and peace, and as a result, people are turning to spirituality for an answer.
But what kind of spirituality are people seeking? There are many counterfeit brands, from the New Age spirituality of Deepak Chopra, with its emphasis on mysticism, to the humanistic spirituality of Stephen Covey, with its emphasis on morality. Both of these models are based on an upward movement -- what we do to get to God.
By going back into the story of Jesus and observing people as they encounter him in the defining moments of his life, author Mark Shaw shows that the Christian story is based on a return movement -- what God has done to welcome us back home. As we enter into the life of Jesus, instead of ascending stages of consciousness or developing effective habits, we find deep purpose and belonging in an intimate relationship with God.
- Baker Publishing Group
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- 18 Years
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Weary, exhausted from ministry? Can't remember what it was like to walk with Jesus? This book will reintroduce you to the Savior in a fresh way. Mark Shaw begins each chapter with a story from the gospels, interwoven with four fictional characters: a philosopher, a legalist, a secularist, and an African. In so doing, he then addresses the various worldviews, contrasting them with the life of Christ. You'll be refreshed, but take time to savor this thought provoking work.
Walking on the Waves is a rich, compelling presentation of many key scenes in Jesus' ministry. From the opening chapter the book draws the reader into many of the familiar stories of Jesus' life and allows us to see these happenings for ourselves 'up close and personal.' I particularly enjoyed the author's insertion of his own fictional 'actors' into the scene. Each character then interprets what's taking place through their own experience or philosophical outlook. Through this mechanism, the author is able to compare and contrast many of today's modern schools of thought against what Jesus represents in his life and teachings. This book is a joy to read while at the same time it will make you think. Take my advice, read this one slowly and savor it. There's enough here that you'll want to re-read it once you finish. It's impossible to read this book and not come out with a fresh new appreciation for the incredible richness of who Jesus is and what he represents for today's post-modern world.