Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God

Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God

by Mike Erre
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Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 "Are there bushes burning all around us all the time, but we are too distracted to notice? Am I asleep to the God who is right here, right now?" ~ Mike Erre This is one disturbing book. And I mean that in the best of ways. It shook me a little, and it made me look at things again that I had been ignoring. Mike Erre is pointing us to the God who spoke about Holy Ground and the Gates of Heaven, where the humans thought that it was all just "plain" earth and sky. The God who told us we must worship in spirit and in truth, who definitively moved the debate right away from what we could control- our outsides and appearances and locations. The God who told us that citizenship in the Kingdom is a free gift that costs us everything. And who described that Kingdom in terms of "smallness and hiddenness" and yet established it to over turn all the orders of the world. A God who says that His strength lies in our own weakness, and when we are frail he is mighty to save. A God who allows desperation, instead of shielding us from it, and who draws faith out of that. A God who is reliable- we can trust Him with everything, but who is never predictable. A God who is everywhere present and always with you, but who allows lengthy stretches where you will feel nothing but empty and dry. He is a God of truth and paradox and mystery and whimsy. And we need Him desperately. Thank you David C Cook for my review copy of this book. It is well worth your time. "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Cor. 4:7
theology More than 1 year ago
It is a good educational book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Christian woman, and I need to grow. I need to learn MORE, and more, and more. I need it in my face, every single day. I NEED GOD. This book comes along right at a perfect time for our society. We should have started thinking and acting this way long ago, but at least Pastor Mike has brought the thoughts to us now. We need to be in GOD'S world. Not ours. BUY this book, and READ it. And then....READ it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is hands down one of the best books I have read regarding the walk of a Christian. It is a call back to the truth of God's Word and the walk of the Christian is not to gain all of heavens blessings here on this earth. This is not our home. Yes, there are blessings....namely Jesus Himself. He is our reward. More than eternal life, peace, joy or anything else...it is Him. I found myself highlighting every page. I start rereading as soon as I finished the first time and I am sure I will read many other times. It is loaded with scripture passages...not proof texts....passages in context. Going through a server time of trials and purifying in my life through suffering I found myself calling God into the court of my judgement. How thankful I am for his goodness and mercy that restrained his justice. He most certainly is God and I am not. If you have found yourself not wanting to follow unless you can understand or spending too much time trying to understand as if you can't follow until something is "clear" to you, this book is for you. If you need to have sight correction to see God as a Holy God full of mystery and awe, this book is for you. He is not a tame God. He is dangerous, in a safe way b/c He ALWAYS has our good in mind...our eternal good not our temporal good. He is God. I am not. He is worthy of my praise, my adoration, my worship, my service and my life. He first loved us. I pray this book finds its way into your hands and directs your passion back to the worship of a God you cannot control and you lose all desire to even try and control Him or your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago