Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Gospel Formed" by J. A. Medders

About this book:

  “A call to Christians to be caught up in the powerful whirlwind that is the gospel of grace
  Christianity is based on the foundation of the good news of the gospel. Yet how many Christians truly find their identity there? How many are thriving in a community clinging to the gospel? How many forget about the wondrous glory of Jesus? J. A. Medders is on a mission to help Christians remember that the power that raised Jesus from the dead is also the power for our everyday life in Christ.
  Yet living a gospel-centered life does not always come easily. The biblical meditations in Gospel Formed help to kindle, or rekindle, the passion to live a grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting life by constantly driving the reader back to the power of the cross and the empty tomb. Funny, punchy, and theologically accessible, readers will be encouraged, challenged, and ultimately reoriented to the true North of Christianity―Christ Himself.”

Series: Non-fiction

Spiritual Content- Over 500 Scriptures from title page to back-cover are quoted, mentioned or referenced (Many are repeated); H’s are not capital when referring to God or Jesus; All about God, Jesus, & the Gospel; Prayers; Hymns are written & mentioned; Many mentions of those in the Bible;
*Note: a mention of alien power.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘idiot’, a ‘shoot’, a ‘sucker’, a ‘yeesh’, two ‘dumb’s, four forms of ‘stupid’; A couple mentions of divorce; A few mentions of drinking & alcoholics; A story of someone who committed suicide (no details); Bug stories (semi-detailed and somewhat gross);
             *Note: A mention of Lady Gaga.

Sexual Content- The author calls his wife ‘babe’ twice; A couple mentions of eating disorders; A mention of labeling another Christian a homosexual; A couple mentions of a man listing & drooling over women; A mention of a teenager who’s addicted to porn; A mention of the naked man in Luke 8; A mention of honoring Jesus in the bedroom (Hebrews 13:4 is referenced); A mention that the Gospel goes into every part of life—including s*x; A quote from C.S. Lewis mentioning “a strip-tease act—that is, to watch a girl undress on stage.”.

                                                       200 pages

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My personal Rating-

Author J. A. Medders makes many fantastic points in “Gospel Formed”. He got me thinking, and there was parts that I needed to read. I personally capitalize the ‘H’s when referring to God & Jesus, so I did write in the book, “fixing” those. ;) I liked how the author did all the Scriptures in ESV, as that’s very close to my favorite, NAS.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Kregel Publications) for this review.

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