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Seeking Aliveness: Daily Reflections on a New Way to Experience and Practice the Christian Faith Paperback – November 14, 2017
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Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, public theologian, and a popular conference speaker and frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally. A Theologian-in-Residence at Life in the Trinity Ministry, Brian has written over a dozen books, including Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road and Everything Must Change. Brian is also an active and popular blogger, a musician, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. He is married to Grace, and they have four adult children. Learn more at his website, www.brianmclaren.net.
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But, don't let that fool you!
This book is more like a New Age/Scientific/Evolutionist/Politically Correct Agenda book of daily readings.
I'm sorry, but it's the truth.
Maybe I'll just offer you some quotes, to make the point by the author's own words, rather than my opinion......
"Astronomers tell us....soil becomes watermelons and grain and apples and peanuts, and then they become food, and then that food becomes you. As highly organized dust, you are closely related to frogs and tortoises, lions and field mice, bison and elephants and gorillas."
"Think of the universe being in God. And then think of God filling the universe like a song. And then ponder the wonder of God being with you, in you, right now!"
"And God, whatever God is, must not be boring, either, because God's creation is so amazingly, wonderfully, surprisingly fascinating."
And, to drive home the political agenda all throughout this book......
"This system disproportionately benefits the most powerful and privileged 1 percent of the human species, bestowing upon them unprecedented comfort, security, and luxury."
I reviewed the book with an open mind; starting at the beginning and reading three weeks into the selections. Out of fairness and to give a thorough review of the book, I skipped to various dates throughout the book, to determine if the new age/political correctness carried out as an ongoing theme or not.
Unfortunately it seemed to be a thread, weaving in and out of every daily reading.
Therefore, my official review of Seeking Aliveness is that it is not a devotional in the traditional, Christian sense of what we know as devotionals. It speaks of world peace, eradicating violence and everyone being at the same level of prosperity.
Other than the scripture references offered for each reading, along with a select verse, this book is really a commentary, with every passage leading back to the author's view on government, violence (trying to avoid it) and bringing humans to the same level - all across the board.
In conclusion, I found nothing in this book that led me to a deeper understanding of God or a deeper, personal relationship with my savior - Jesus Christ.
So, while I'm very thankful for the chance to review this book for FREE - I will have to give it 1 star and say that it's not for me.