Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Thrive - a book review

I was extremely excited to see that Mark Hall had written another book. I really enjoyed . I also really enjoy all of his band's music. So, I excitedly ordered .

The book was written in a devotional style. They were short chapters with a thought to ponder at the end. The book is divided into two sections represented by the oak tree on the cover. Our spiritual life needs to look like an oak tree with the branches going as wide as the roots grow deep. In part 1, Digging Deep, Hall demonstrates how to truly engage with the Word and a community of faith, worshiping and pursuing God wholeheartedly as our hearts and minds are transformed. In part 2, Reaching Out, we see the fruits of our engagement with the Word and the community, the grateful giving back of service and love.

Mark Hall is an entertaining writer and storyteller. It was very easy to relate to all of the stories included in each chapter.

He covers God's plan for us in comparison to our plans for ourselves. He covers some ideas of what our relationship with God should look like. He shows how Satan works in our lives to steer us away from God. He discusses how being a good neighbor and friend is the best way to share the Good News with those that are in our lives or enter our lives. He reminds us how we need to be in the Scripture as Jesus was so that we will be armed to fight against Satan.

"God will use us right where we are to thrive."

I would suggest this to everyone I know. I would encourage young men to read this book. Mark Hall shared many of his "growing up" stories and stories from his jobs as a youth minister. These may encourage our young men to go out and do similar things in their lives.

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.

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