God Speaking through Secular Avenues
Forewarning: The foreword of this book is written by the author of The Shack. I’ll let the reader interpret that for himself/herself.
Neighbors and Wise Men is a book about experiences of a doubting believer. The author of this text is a believer, who found himself inside a Christian bubble. In seminary, and in his community of faith, he found himself never challenged, always in agreement w/ others and growing stale & comfortable in his faith.
Needless to say, the author, Tony Kriz, found himself hanging out in society and in culture and in the midst of his secular avenues, God still pursued him and spoke to him. His experiences are shared in this book and they reveal how he began to grow in his faith and be drawn back to the Lord, in the midst of escape from the bubble he was growing comfortable in.
Because Kriz found himself in the midst of a culture and society that was not bubble-wrapped in faith, he became an avid-listener to those who would converse with him. In his listening, he was being spoken to and prodded along by God’s Spirit.
If you are a theologian who thinks that God only speaks through channel A, and channel B or that God does not work through secular situations, this book may not be for you. If you want to be challenged & stretched, pick up this book. The stories are his own and wisdom is shared from his personal experiences.
If anything, the reader may learn how to engage society and culture, for the sake of being sharpened, stretched, and even more grounded. The key to engaging culture is to be humble but grounded, able to be challenged but sure of your faith.
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