Faith requires relationship

Olivia Tam

4.5 Stars

July 27, 2012

I have always wondered why Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son so easily. Did he know God was going to come through with His sacrifice? This book delves into this mystery and provides an understanding of how God wants relationship with us, using this difficult Bible story to clarify what that means. The author, Len Sweet, writes with clarity and sections the chapters, starting with our relationship with God, which in turn affects our relationship with others. He goes back to the original meaning of words, such as the words "truth" and "rule," to recall that these words are used in relationship, not factual law and unchanging doctrine. God will always have moral absolutes, but we don't know what the line is because we are fallen by nature. And thus, we need to be in relation with God and challenge God on areas we don't fully comprehend. Our relationships with God and others are dynamic and this book reminds us to live dynamically.

The later chapters about our relationship with God's creation, arts, and spiritual world are a bit more challenging to get into since "relationship" tends to be a word I ascribe to other people, but the author makes interesting points that is relevant to the post-modern world and the environment we live in today.

There are also questions at the end of the book that you can work through on your or with a small group.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.