September 28, 2012 in Books on Simple Living
Image: Kingdom Journeys book.com
I had the privilege of being on the launch team for Kingdom Journeys this month. I have discovered it is one of the fun perks of blogging. To be on the launch team of the book gets me a free advanced copy of the book and is a great way to meet other bloggers. Except for the free book and the cool contacts I am not paid for my review and all thoughts are my own.
First off, before getting started, you have to go download the book because it is free through Saturday (Sep 29) for kindle. Here is the link – Kingdom Journeys. It will be available in print starting next week but this is an incredible steal… you can’t go wrong with free
First you gotta know this about the author:
In 1989, Seth began Adventures in Missions in his garage. From that modest beginning, Adventures has equipped and sent over 100,000 missionaries to connect the body of Christ to the needs of a weary world. – source
I love missions and I love travel so this book really appealed to me. On both accounts the book did not disappoint. Seth’s experience, wisdom, and story telling are all amazing and I had a hard time putting the book down.
Simply put this book is about how Jesus sent His disciples out in Luke 10 as part of their training. He sent them out in groups and told them not to take anything with them. Not only did the towns they went to need to hear about Jesus and His message, the disciples needed the experience. What Seth’s organization does today is based off of these ideas.
In Seth’s book he goes into that experience in detail. He talks about the ‘Gift of Restlessness’ and the process God takes people through when he calls them away from the familiar.
What I took away from this book and what really challenged me was the idea of faith, trust, and dependence. What society teaches, and deeply ingrained is all of us, is the idea that we need to become self-sufficient. It is basically the goal in life to become self-sufficient as early as possible and stay that way for as long as possible. The problem with self-sufficiency is that it puts us where we don’t need God. This has just been stuck in my mind since reading the book and I haven’t really figured it out.
I gave this book a 5 star rating on Amazon because I really enjoyed it and connected with it.
Who should read this book:
- It is clearly a Christian book …hence the title Kingdom Journeys, but it talks about how, Christian or not, lots of us feel restless. No where in the book does it feel preachy but lots of the Biblical ideas are challenging.
- This book is primarily written about young people traveling and serving around the world but I don’t think traveling or service is limited to a younger age group.
- Anyone looking for a good story Stories are woven through the whole book.
(if you read it I would love to know what you think of it )