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The Vision And The Vow: Re-Discovering Life and Grace Paperback – October 31, 2004
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Pete Greig is a theology graduate who found his spiritual home at the innovative Revelation Church in Chichester, U.K. Greig has earned a reputation as a radical thinker through his involvement with Culturalshift.netthe public face of a coalition of like-minded believers working to bring a Christian presence to youth culture. He invests the majority of his time into 24-7prayer.com, the website that is fueling a worldwide prayer movement.
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So why do I only give this book 3 stars? Well, the double sided format is confusing and puts it in the 'novelty' section, when it actually deserves better than that. The 'vision' and 'vow' sections are aimed at different audiences and sit uneasily together.
If you can get past the format, this is a rewarding and thought provoking read. I reckon that if a publisher would re-issue 'The Vow' on its own with a different cover, it would probably gain the wider readership that it actually merits!
Turn the book round and you get "the vow" - a contemporary call to radical discipleship, I won't go so far as to say this is "the cost of discipleship" (Bonhoffer) for our generation, but this little book pulls no punches! Drawing on his own experiences and the inspiration of others, Pete lays out the key elements of discipleship today and the challenge to live a life of obedience in our culture.
A riveting and powerful read. The story of a poem, the story of Pete's journey with the Lord, but, more than that, this is the story of God - what He wants to do today with us. Buy this book, read it and pass it on.
Not being someone who's been into the whole 24-7 thing massively I haven't read any of pete grieg's stuff before. I've been amazed and impacted by some of the truths of coming back to a life of sacrifice and love for God.
The book is not a natural contender for a recommendation on the ignite web site because towards the end it suggests you think about taking a vow of commitment to love Jesus, be kind to others and spread the gospel in other nations. It's not miles away from our own ignite declaration we encourage you to take but in all honesty we're into building God's kingdom and want to recommend this one to you because we believe it may inspire you.
The book has roughly five sections, firstly a fabulous chapter about Jesus that I've loved and that the vision, from the 247 stuff is actually Jesus and then some of how that works out in real life for us people living in the 21st century. The Vision in these pages connected somewhere in my heart with a desire that longs to live "dangerously, obsessively and undeniably" for Jesus. My favourite part of the book is called "summon the losers", identifying that no one is too bad, broken or boring to be used by God. I've used it as a great framework for some talks I've been doing in Christian unions across Cardiff. Those chapters, and in fact the whole book is packed with great stories and illustrations about us growing up into maturity with our relationship with God, a call to discipleship and some of the "how to" help that is most valuable.
We are to be disciples, not converts. Greig points out that all to often Christians are letting themselves become complacent in their faith instead of being whole-life disciples. It is not an easy call to be a disciple of Christ, but it is a worthy one.