Sunday, June 29, 2008
Book Review- Red Letters
I recently had the opportunity to read an review the book "Red Letters" by Tom Davis, the book is subtitled "Living A Faith that Bleeds". You may have noticed at the top of my blog posts a badge for the Red Letters Campaign, the book and the Red Letters Campaign are complimentary to each each other. I have been an "adoption blogger" on the Red Letters Campaign site for about a Month now and enjoy being able to share our blog to another audience. The premise of the book is that Christians need to live out our faith in an active way. We need to take God's Word and apply it to our lives. We need to do the hard things for those that are in need. The author makes many points of Christ's teachings about those that the world finds undesireable; lepers, the poor, orphans, widows and how Christ ministered to those very people, the very people that we as followers of Christ should be ministering to as well. I appreciate the books focus of application of God's word and not just an intellectual knowledge. The author drives home the point that we can make a difference in the world, even when we feel that the problem may be too overwhelming. The point is made that the Church as a whole has given an inadequate response in recent years to orphans, poverty and injustice around the world.
I am in agreement with the author in all of the points of application that he makes in the book. The disagreement that I have is in doctrine. There is a vast chasm between my doctrinal beliefs and those that the author would hold. This however does not mean that we would not me in full agreement on the practical applications found in the book. I did have difficulty with the scripture passages that were given throughout the book, these passages were taken from The Message ,
which is a colloquial translation of the bible. The book is one that I would recommend, so long as the reader is aware of the differences that they may have with the author in the points mentioned. I profited a great deal from the book, it reinforced my belief that we as the Church need to be involved in a greater way in the lives of orphans and others.
Well, how will we put these things into action? International adoption is one of those steps for us. We plan to continue to work for real ways that we can be involved in the lives of orphans, ways that are real and sometimes real hard. We look forward to seeing how God's will is revealed to us in regards to this.