“Trusting God results in physical and measurable change.”
“What are you going to do with your life” is another one of those big life questions. We are asked this from the time we could play dress up as children right up into our adult years. What are you going to do for a job? What kind of work do you want to do for the rest of your life? With the myriad of choices at our fingertips, another question that is very important to ask is:
“What does God want you to do?”
Discovering God’s purpose for your life is of paramount importance. What the Creator of the Universe wants you, and only you, to accomplish for Him is not something to take lightly. It is also something that we shouldn’t jump into lightly.
That is what Richard Parrott wants to get you to realize in his book, The Reluctant Journey.
Looking at the lives of the Patriachs, that is Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Joseph, the author seeks to answer the practical questions that we have about God’s calling on our lives. The “what am I supposed to do for a living” is answered by examining how God interacted with these individuals and relating it to our modern context.
While this is a book that you can read on your own, Parrott offers insight and questions that can be used in a more corporate setting, so that all those that seek to know how God wants to use them can find the truth together. So whether you are alone, pondering your life’s journey, or questioning things with friends surrounding you, you will be able to find out what God has for you on this Reluctant Journey.
“Faith does not create God’s promise; faith responds to God’s promise.”
There are many ways to describe a Christian’s walk with God. People over the ages have referred to it as going through the valley or being in the high places with God, especially when experiencing the low points or high points in life. Some have said that they have lived through dark nights of the soul, while others spend their time in the showers of His blessing. On occasion, our faith journey will be a crawl, sometimes a walk with Jesus, or like the Apostle Paul mentioned, a race we are to run faithfully. All these I have heard or mentioned myself.
But never have I heard it called a Reluctant Journey.
To start with, reluctant means that someone is hesitant, not completely sure they want to be doing something. Is that how we should describe our relationship with God? Now, there may come instances where you feel that way, but by and large, that isn’t the experience Christians have. Our relationship with God, while ripe with potential for hesitation and unsureness, shouldn’t be described as reluctant. Our relationship with God should be purposeful, entered into on purpose, not haphazard as the term “reluctant” would suggest.
But I can’t tell if that is what Richard Parrott meant when he titled his book this way. I read the first two chapters, then went back to read the introduction, then reread the first two chapters to see if I had somehow missed his explanation of what the reluctant journey was. I didn’t.
By virtue of simply holding the book, it is assumed that you understand that Parrott is talking about a Christian’s walk with God, and how it goes back and forth, between good times and bad times.
This book isn’t without its merit. Parrott does a great job showing God as the consistent part of Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Joseph’s life stories. He breaks down and shows how God works and invites us to work with Him, despite our blunderings. The language is simple and tries to reveal the truth in an orderly fashion.
But having to deduce and interpret the meaning and purpose of The Reluctant Journey scaled back any enjoyment or revelation that this book had to offer me. No reader should have to decipher the meaning of a book that is trying to explain things.
I give this book a 2 out of 5 stars.
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