Monday, April 25, 2011
book review: the invitation
Greg Sidders. The Invitation: The Not-So-Simple Truth About Following Jesus. Revell, 2011.
'"Follow me." It's not a command you can obey sitting down.'
That's how Greg Sidders begins The Invitation. From there Sidders keeps calling his readers to the journey of being a disciple. And as Sidders points out, while many set out on the journey, the simple invitation to "Follow me" becomes one that we find difficult to follow.
The Invitation, is a book that invites readers to explore the implications of obedience to this command. He explores what Jesus is calling us to, what discipleship is, and why it is more than worth giving up everything to follow Jesus.
There is a study guide in the back to assit the reader with applying the truths to their life. In some senses The Invitation is a simple Christian living book, full of personal stories, some familiar illustrations, looking at the gospel texts and showing how this might apply. But that simpleness and Sidders honesty combine to make this an excellent introduction to being a disciple - a follower of Jesus.
In summary I would recommend The Invitation.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-
Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.