The Call to Wonder: Loving God Like a Child

The Call to Wonder: Loving God Like a Child

by R. C. Sproul Jr.
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mommydearestGF More than 1 year ago
The Call to Wonder Loving God like a Child by R.C. Sproul Jr is a wonderful book that takes you on a life changing path to change your thinking to be more like children. Sproul uses this verse as the basis for his book Matthew 18:3 [Jesus said,] "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and becomes as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." The way the book will take you on a journey to think about what idols you have you your life, how much you really love and serve other people, and how much you really trust the Lord. Most people reading this book would consider themselves Christians, but are you really walking the walk. The Call to Wonder will challenge you to start thinking about a whole new way of living. I really enjoyed the book, but you can't just zoom through the book because it requires reflection and meditation along the way. I really had to take sometime to examine the areas of my life that aren't "childlike". This would be a good book to buy and read, then share with others. I was given this book by Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.
Thursday4 More than 1 year ago
This is a series of essays, nine in all, which present the idea that perhaps innocence, trust, joy, and other virtues have more to do with Christian maturity than not. Through stories about his children and his own life, the author asks the reader to evaluate their attitude toward life by comparing it to the attitude a child uses. Do we trust God as our heavenly Father the same way a child trusts their earthly father to take them to the dentist or give a piggy-back ride? Are we still studying the stars with the same awe and joy that a toddler does when they see fireworks? What is the value in approaching the world like a child anyway? The author gives a simple answer: God is so much bigger than us, so much smarter than us, so much better than us, that any other approach encourages the idea that we have control over our lives. The truth is that God is in control, so why not take his command to be like a little child literally, and start living life with wonder. This is a modest book, only 172 pages, in words most children could understand. It is also a challenging book, one that calls for courage, faith, trust, obedience, maturity, joy - and of course wonder - to be utilized in every area of life, even the ones we seem to be most in control of. Matthew 18:3 says "Assuredly, I say unto you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." It would seem then, that the road to Christian maturity lies through a child's heart. The Call To Wonder offers a starting place for the journey, and offers the Bible as a map to see you there safely. Note: I received this book free from Tyndale for an unpaid review. My opinions are my own.
oressa More than 1 year ago
R.C. Sproul Jr. As a reader, I saw The Call to Wonder: Loving God Like a Child as the cry of my own heart. Mr. Sproul weaves biblical stories (Abraham, David, and Daniel) with accounts from his own life (his battle with cancer/his wife's battle with cancer, a child born with disabilities, a difficult move closer to family and homeschooling) to drive home the essence of Matthew 18 to our jaded/hardened adult hearts. One of my favorite quotes from the book is: p. 39 When hardship comes, we know God has chosen it, even gift wrapped it for us. As a believer, I honestly struggle to trust God in the tough times. I see circumstances from my logical/rational lens. Now, I understand, thanks to Mr. Sproul's heart felt testimony, God has chosen these times to draw me closer to His Fathering Heart. As I read this book in light of scripture and released my pressing prayer concern, my heart cried out to God, "Help my unbelief" (Mark 9). This book is genuine. It is a call to grow up into a child-like spirit approaching God and His majesty with awe and wonder (Psalm 19), dancing in His presence, fellow shipping with His people, recounting His faithfulness, enjoying Him with no agenda, resting completely in His provision, and trusting He will be our Father forever. Finally,a beautiful reminder from the story of The Prodigal Son, God runs to us. It would be arrogant as believers to think otherwise. May all of our days be...Corem Deo, before the face of God... we live our lives in the presence of God and He gives us a taste of the future that awaits us. When these promises do not make sense to our logical/rational/adult minds, let us humble our heart as a little child before His throne in worship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first reading, I had to keep looking at the author's name to be sure I was reading something by R.C. Sproul Jr. and not his father. If you have ever read any of R.C. Sproul's works, then when you read this book, you will know what I mean. Sound teaching, love for the Bible and especially a deep love for the Lord, comes through clearly as Sproul Jr. writes his heart and thoughts into this small book. Though it is a small book, only 172 pages long, it is packed full of wonderful biblical and life examples on how to love God like a child, taking delight in obeying His commands, standing in awe of His handiwork, trusting Him to not only provide our daily bread but to guide and direct our very footsteps. We are shown how pleasing our heavenly Father in all that we do because we know He loves us, is loving Him as our children love us. With a clear look at how his own children respond to the wonders of God and their response to their earthly father, Sproul Jr. directs, leads and shows by example how we adults can develop that child-like quality Jesus commands. This is a book worth reading, sharing, and reading again. I can see it becoming a classic that our children's children will find and read for themselves on day. This review copy was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for the purpose of review free of charge. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is based on Matthew 18:3 in which Jesus instructs us to be like like little children. The author states his purpose in the introduction is to "recover the childlike virtues you may have lost and that you'll respond to His call to become like little children." What does it mean to be childlike in our faith? This book covers the answer to that question and others, such as what is our response to God's creation? and How do I love my children and wife like Jesus loves the church? Particularly striking was his explanation of God's "strong right arm." He explains that it is not only strength, but how that strength functions: it protects, provides, and comforts. This is an easily readable account of the author's journey on how to become childlike. Also moving is the chapter in which he describes caring for his children. In The Call to Joy he describes how much he learns from his own children, and how we can all learn from our own. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to capture that childlike wonder and amazement of God and loving Him as a child, and to those that have lost it to re-capture it. This book has been provided to me by Tyndale free of charge for review.