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With : Reimagining the Way You Relate to God

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With explores the narrative of the Bible to show that we were created to be with God, and that restoring this connection is his mission. Instead of life over, under, from, or even for God, what leads us into freedom and restoration is life with God.

Why are American Christians, who have more access to biblical teaching than any other people in history, failing to experience the freedom of the Christian life? Why are pastors, those closest to the work and ministry, burning out at an alarming rate? Why do many church members, who give large amounts of their time and wealth to Christ and his kingdom, secretly question the legitimacy of their efforts? And why are spiritual seekers dismissing the validity of the Christian message?

Is it possible we've misunderstood the call of the Christian life?

A life lived in rich communion with God cultivates faith, hope, and love in a way that transforms both us and the broken world we inhabit.

In With, you'll find:



illustrations of concepts in the book to aid understanding;
recommendations for how to practice communion with God, including three helpful practices; and
a discussion guide for use when continuing the conversation with others in small groups.

Endorsements:

If we've grown weary of Christianity, if we find most any local church uninspiring, maybe the problem lies not in the Christian faith or these faithful bodies, but in our own disgruntled hearts. In With, Skye Jethani tenderly unmasks the cliched posturing that too often masquerades as genuine communion with Christ. More importantly, he takes readers to the humble place they must occupy--in prayer, studying Scripture, with the Church--if faith, hope, and love are to truly mark our lives. -James H. Gilmore, author, The Experience Economy

Made of the stuff of spiritual classics and presented in simple, contemporary terms, Skye Jethani does each of us a great service in calling us to reimagine the way we relate to God. We so readily fall prey to living out distortions and reductions to our Christian faith--with disastrous consequences. You and I are far more than sinners, consumers, managers, and servants. We are dearly loved by God and made for eternal communion with him. Everything looks different when we live life in response to God's love. -Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary and author of The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town

Cleverly using four prepositions-under, over, from, and for, Skye Jethani convincingly diagnoses the reigning paradigms of life--whether secular or religious-and shows how each one has captured some element of truth but in the end is deficient. Ultimately, they miss the most important thing-real communion with the living God. Thus utilizing one final preposition, With, he lays out what it really means to know and experience communion with God-a life of faith, hope and love--the very things that we all desperately want and need. This is a helpful, encouraging, and inspiring book. -Jim Belcher, author of Deep Church

It doesn't matter, as old theologians were rumored to argue, how many angels can dance on a pinhead. But it does matter which preposition governs your faith--over, after, against, for, from, under, with. Who knew what huge worlds turn on such tiny words? Who knew what theological riches were laced into the bones of grammar? Skye has done a great service to the church. In prose elegant and clear, with insights keen and deep, he shows how everything changes with just one word: With. It's a book I want my whole church to read. -Mark Buchanan, author of Spiritual Rhythm

Who knew that a preposition had so much influence? Skye's book will challenge the way that you think about God and faith, digging deep into our motivations and heart issues. You can't read this book and not see yourself and others differently! -Margaret Feinberg, author of Scouting the Divine and Hungry for God
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139 x 213 x 16mm | 213g
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1595553797
  • 9781595553799
  • 40,518

About Skye Jethani

Skye Jethani (www.skyejethani.com) is the managing editor of Leadership journal, a magazine and online resource published by Christianity Today International. He also serves as a teaching pastor at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois.
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Skye Jethani brings us through the different ways we box God in our lives. He basically takes a gentle whack at four different ways we do church and more so how we relate to God. Using simple stick figure illustrations, Jethani takes us through the four common postures we take toward God - using different prepositions to describe each posture: Life Under/Over/For/From God. He reasons that these four postures/views end up to be just different manners we try to control or manipulate God. Arguing that from the beginning, the posture God sort to have with us was one best described as WITH. Coming from tradition of my own church and personal spiritual walk, the subject and idea Skye Jethani speaks of is not new to me. Books like Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Communion with God by Mark Virkler and Patti Virkler and even John Piper's Desiring God pursue the same or similar lines. I found it difficult to put the book down once I started reading. What I found more difficult was the uncomfortable feeling when I was forced to examine myself and what my posture towards God and Jesus was. Was I just working FOR God so that and could get rewards FROM Him? Jethani doesn't leave you stranded if you have questions and are asking what now. At the end of the book he points you to resources you get back on track. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."show more
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