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I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I really love it.
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Author: Tanya Logan
Publisher: WestBow Press
"How much of your Christian life have you spent focused on the bad - rebellion, jealousy, materialism - your time-stealers, obsessions, or idols? Do you waste time looking back and dwelling on past failures or disappointments? How much time did that leave for Christ?" Tanya Logan pointedly asks in her book, "Come Back to Jesus - And Don't Bring Your Blackberry."
This one hundred and five page paperback book is targeted toward those interested in a Biblical study about shedding the idols in our hectic lives and focusing on God. With no profanity, sexual discussions, or violent topics, the Christian-themed tutorial references the NIV, The Message, NASB, and English Standard versions of the Bible. After six divisions, there is a leader's guide at the back of the book to aid in group use.
The book is technically designed as a six week Bible study, broken down by five days in the week. The author writes as if she is sitting across from you, sharing her thoughts and encouragement. With a lot of reflection of her own life, feelings, experiences, and knowledge, she correlates them to scriptural application.
Beginning the first week on discussing idols or functional gods, she discusses where they can be found in our lives, why we should deal with them, and how God perceives them.
The second week shows how idols allow us to drift away from God and how we need accountability so we do not fall into idolatry and become a casual Christian, instead of opening our hearts up to His scrutiny.
Weeks three and four offer suggestions to stop being self-important, infiltrated with busyness, and oblivious in what we watch and see, but to be more loving, concentrating more on God, our Source of security.
The fifth week reminds the reader to rejoice, walk in holiness, do not drift, trust in the right things, and keep humility in check. The last week is advice on how to stay idol-free in today's world by being real, acting like God is watching, knowing the Bible, considering your heart, and celebrating renewed joy in Christ.
Except for occasionally going off topic about examples in the author's personal life, this study guide hones in on a real relationship with Jesus and how to understand how idols easily creep into our lives, sometimes without our noticing. Through a constant open channel to God through prayer and consistent time in the Word, we can overcome succumbing to everyday idolatry.
This book was furnished by The CWA Review Crew in lieu of an unbiased review.
If you find yourself frequently making that statement, then this study is for you! In this study, Tanya illustrates how God's instructions about idols are applicable to our modern day, over-planned, cell phone in hand, multitasking world. Once you dive in, you will be amazed at how many of the things we utilize in our everyday life can become idols and begin to draw us away from the Lord. Tanya's illustrations from her own life (written with honesty and wit) helped me identify areas in my life where I needed to make changes. Tanya also identifies practical steps we all can take to preserve a close and growing relationship with the Lord.
This is a fresh look at a much talked about scriptural topic. I believe it will refresh your love for and walk with the Lord as it makes you aware of modern day traps that hinder your race of faith. The text is straightforward and the work isn't overwhelming. This is a wonderful, relevant study for every modern day follower of Christ. I can't recommend it enough.
In addition to sharing her own journey in coming back to Jesus, the author uses plenty of scripture quotes and describes Biblical characters and their flaws and strengths to draw the reader into identifying their own weaknesses and areas that need improvement.
I enjoyed the study and there is plenty of room to write your own answers in the spaces provided.
At the end of the book is also a helpful Leader's Guide that anyone can use to lead discussions in order to do this Bible study in a small group setting. This would be a wonderful way to dig deeper into the study by sharing in the journey with others!
Don't let the "And Don't Bring Your Blackberry" subtitle sway you though. The title seemed a little outdated to me, but the book is still very relevant.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
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