Thursday, June 13, 2013

God in Slow Motion (Book Review)

I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

Jesus was not in a hurry.
He had only three years of public ministry—three years to heal and teach and change the world—but the Bible never tells us he was rushing through them.
We are the ones who rush through them. Catching the gist of this parable. Smiling at the punch line in that dialogue. We can race through the Gospels in hours, fully briefed on Christ’s life, but hardly changed.
I know this is true for me, especially now that the stories are so familiar.  I appreciated that Mike Nappa, author of God in Slow Motion, takes apart the accounts to reveal points that we might otherwise miss.  To give you an example, I'll give you a highly condensed version of points he extracts from the story of the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years.
  • Not one of the gospel writers records her name!
  • Everybody wants something from God, and most of us tend to pray for what's on the surface of our desperate need.
  • When Jesus came to town in a flurry of excitement, perhaps she decided to steal a miracle.  How could she ask for healing when other, more prestigious people were already waiting?
  • This woman was probably in her twenties and, because of her disorder, had been an outcast for twelve years.  More than physical healing, she needed restoration, acceptance, belonging, compassion, and love.
  • She took her miracle without asking Christ's permission.  But after she received physical healing, Jesus wouldn't let her leave until she also had restoration, acceptance, belonging, compassion, and love.  How?  While she was probably trying to sneak away, Jesus called her to account.  She fell at his feet and confessed; He gave her the restoration, acceptance, belonging, compassion, and love she needed.  He called her "Daughter."
  • What does this mean for us?  Sometimes Christ will override what we think we need to exercise His great compassion.  We need to trust in God's compassion and not demand what we think is best.
God in Slow Motion, in its entirety, contains ten such accounts and parables.  I like the book because the author uncovers details that I'd missed.

For more information, see the Thomas Nelson page for God in Slow Motion.


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