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Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living Paperback – October 1, 2008
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Over 41 days, the reader is engaged in a lot of prayer, reflection, bible study, values and talents clarification designed to help the reader discern the direction God may be calling.
Sound familiar? Yes, it is. Rick Warren's "Purpose Driven Life" is the granddaddy of this genre. Epperly's book is very open about being a "response" to Warren.
It's a good response. It comes out of a different theology. Epperly honors a vision of human beings as active partners with God in caring for the world, and says, for example, "God doesn't determine the details of our lives, but supports our creative responses to the challenges of personal and community life."
Warren is more of the "let go and let God" school. If you just get out of God's way, God will use you to do great things.
For a theologian like Epperly, there's a danger in that. It can be misunderstood as saying that regular people don't have to make the world a better place -- or take responsibility for their own lives -- because, hey, God will take care of it. God made things the way they are, so, gee, God must want things just the way they are.
That's not the God of the Bible. And Epperly wants to find a way to help people grow in relationship with God, but also grow in responsibility for themselves and the world because of that relationship.
It's not the right book for an evangelical. But it's a great book if you feel called to a relationship with God that emphasizes personal responsibility as a crucial expression of loyalty to God.
It will make you a better Christian. And if more Christians followed this model, more nonbelievers would respect what Christians are (supposed to be) all about.
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Great book. This is my second copy and third reading. I keep coming back to it. The only thing that let's it down is the poor formatting.Published on March 21, 2014 by Uniting Church MBA Rev Beth Hancock