Saturday, August 20, 2011
Muscular Faith by Ben Patterson
Muscular Faith: How to Strengthen Your Heart, Soul, and Mind for the Only Challenge That Matters by Ben Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fighting the good fight, finishing well, these are themes of this book. The author discusses having a faith that is strong, the agon or fight that we are in, the good hard that is this life.
I had a hard time getting into it, but then the chapters started flowing much better. Having joy through suffering, a wow! feeling when beholding God, these are some of the chapters the author takes us through.
"The great gospel mystery is not that bad things sometimes happen to good people but that such a good and gracious thing has happened to bad people, guilty and broken people, who have discovered God's amazing love to be just that - amazing."
He counters nominal Christianity, just living life without really growing in our faith, without really understanding what salvation is.
Recommended reading for Christians looking to bolster their faith, a shot in the arm so to speak for continuing on in the fight.
*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review.