If it wasn’t for wanting to make the post title an appropriate length, I would have specified that John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress changed the way I pray for lost people in my life. Let me go ahead and explain.
The book opens with a man. He grew up in the fictional City of Destruction, representative of the human condition of lostness. After reading a certain book, he’s made aware that his city and all its inhabitants are destined to be destroyed. He too would be destroyed if nothing changed. As he understood and believed the things written in the book, Christian (for that is the man’s name) developed a burden on his back.
I expected to enjoy Pilgrim’s Progress. My reading experience, however, has far exceeded my expectations.
The text is oozing with rich Christian allegory. The book has stimulated my desire to be a faithful and devoted servant of the Most High God. I can’t think how else to describe the reading experience but that it’s been glorious! And it’s kindled in me a desire to read more literature like It.
Earlier this week I read this post about fiction and sin. It reminded me of an old post from last year. Remember when we discussed the grey areas of reading fiction – where right and wrong aren’t immediately evident?
Some of you lovely readers made some great points. Our standards were diverse, and it was a sanctifying and edifying experience to be able to discuss our viewpoints.
In my review of By Their Blood, I confessed my short attention span for reading the book cover to cover. I have found it helpful, though, to use as a reference book, re-reading and re-reading again sections from the countries most relevant to me.
I wanted to share with you a short portion (no gory details) that strengthened my resolve as I read the chapter about Cambodia. Since the authors’ rights prevent me from reproducing parts of their work for this purpose, I’m going to relate the story in my own words as I remember it.
Last week I wrote you a letter (assuming you’re a Christian). It was about the vision that captured your affections at the time in life when you were most in love with Christ. It was about the vision for the Lord to receive all glory and honor and power because He is worthy. It was about the vision to see people from every nation purchased for God.
I’m confident that this “every-nation” vision is grounded in God’s Word. Here are four authoritative places we find it:
Whenever I share something about life in Cambodia, I feel like I’m stepping out on a limb. Will readers who come here for book reviews and Bible discussions be interested in reading this? Is it irrelevant? Is it lack of focus or poor branding?
I don’t know, but this certainly does touch on God’s truths. Remember how I shared about testimonies? A week ago, someone special in my life has wrote her first ever blog post and shared the story of God’s work in her life (link at the end of this post).
By now, I think I’ve made a reputation among my regular readers for being someone who enjoys a book that makes me think. I want to process things and grow in the Lord. I want to draw ever closer to His design.
The book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend has so accurately articulated a number of problem experiences in my life. I already knew I had a problem. But the detail with which they diagnosed my issues caught me off guard!
Here’s to hoping that the authors’ solutions will be biblically sound.
I’m a missionary kid. I recently read a letter to missionary kids posted on The Rebelution. As I read it, I was impressed with the fact that this message is not only for the children of missionaries. No, this message is for all who have been called by God. That is, it’s for all genuine believers.
Today I’m seconding the letter that I linked to above, and writing my own version of it:
I recently published a post on Louise and her introversion. I’m so thankful for friends and fellow bloggers who push me beyond blogging about fictional characters to discussing eternal truths.
I got talking with one dear friend in the comments who said – to paraphrase – that labels such as “introvert” and “extrovert” can hold us back from living God’s design.
I think that’s sooo true. I’m an introvert. Being introverted (or for that matter being extroverted!) isn’t innately sinful; it’s a display of the diverse and intricate ways in which the Lord created us. But with each aspect of our personalities come various tendencies, some of which are harmless and some of which are sinful.