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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Review: The Reluctant Journey


The Reluctant Journey is a well written conversation walking the reader through the books of Genesis and Exodus and the stories of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph.  Author Richard Parrott frames the discussion by breaking the paths a partner of God is called to to one of 3 paths.  The path of Wandering (Abraham), The path of wounds (Jacob) and the path of wisdom (Joseph).  Parrott presents the scriptures in summary form including where he is drawing each part of the story from with scriptural reference.  As the stories unfold Parrott has the reader pause to insert themselves into each path with insightful questions.  Each chapter ends with questions for further reflection.  

I really appreciated the boldness of questions asked.  Being reminded that honesty is what drives us deepest into relationship was prevalent throughout the book.  There were a times in each chapter where a statement was made which read as absolute fact when in further inspection was actually author interpretation of a particular circumstance explained in scripture through one person's interaction with God.  

I think this is a very thought provoking book that gives good insight to how we need to look at our interactions with God as we seek to do His will.  I hesitate to say that the paths outlined are all encompassing.  God is a relational God and will individually meet people where they are in order to move them forward in relationship.  It is possible most people will encounter one or more of these paths in their life.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  In exchange for a free copy of this book I was asked to give an honest review by booklookblogger.com

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