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Small Footprint, Big Handprint: How to Live Simply and Love Extravagantly Paperback – February 26, 2008
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If you're looking for a book with both practical insights and engaging story telling about those who have embraced this radical Christian lifestyle, this book will leave an unforgettable mark on you.
To be more faithful to God's call, he simplified. He reoriented his life to be an adventure. He hiked through the backcountry of Burma on missions expeditions. He preached to the Karen people of Thailand. He smuggled Bibles into China. He went through the Amazon River basin on a riverboat planting churches. He served Christ in "practical" ways, and he urges us to do the same. He also practices disciplines like spending the first hour of every day in complete silence, raising chickens for eggs, and planting orchards.
As a middle class pastor in the Bible belt, I simply could not connect with Robinson's story. I struggle to make ends meet. I'm raising two small children and am just trying to get a good night's sleep. Neither I - nor anyone else I know - is burdened with the author's affliction of ridiculous prosperity! Those in my sphere of influence are living hand to mouth. I am glad that Mr. Robinson was able to turn his life into an adventure of faith, and I appreciate his encouragement to make my life matter. But I could not think of one person to whom I could recommend this book.
The example he cites about helping out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina painted rosy picture of courageous, active Christians, reaching out to a larger community faced with climate crisis, but he fails to address the problem church leaders will have when they draw attention to the end times scenario that global warming poses without putting forth real analysis and preventative strategies. The result is that climate crisis, if left unabated, will draw more people, panicked by the looming disaster, to the Church. Rather than calling for real structural change and actively speaking with people of all beliefs as a peer rather than a converter, Robinson will be reaping the rewards of an enlarged flock who have heard him drawing attention to the situation but have collectively failed to do anything real about it.
Another kind of change he should have emphasized in his book is the need for Christians to cultivate a personal relationship with Christ, as opposed to one that is mediated through a so called expert who speaks for God.Read more ›