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- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: First Punch Press (June 19, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DTFNSE8
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But when I read that chapter, I realized that I have a long ways to go in the extending grace to others department. Like some of the folks in the book, I believed that Haggard could no longer be of use to God, that redemption was only partially possible for someone like him (as if it was my job to decide such things rather than God).
Well thank The Lord that His Grace is His to give and doesn't need the approval of fallible legalistic men like me. This book really made me think and search my soul concerning my walk with Christ. And isn't that what books like this are supposed to do?
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had their salvation questioned because of a political opinion, who has ever heard "don't you believe the Bible" used to justify something that hurts people, who goes to church that seems to have forgotten that those who have experienced God's grace should be the first to extend it to others.
But I especially recommend it to those of us who believed we have arrived, whose act is together, whose doctrine is right, who know they are the sheep of Matthew 25:31-46 and not the goats. They might be surprised.
At various parts in the book, the author rants about how church members mistreat the clergy and expect too much from them for too little and are too judgmental about their pastors' personal lives and that all the pressure leads pastors to quit. I see that as evidence that the clergy-laity system itself is built upon a flawed premise. To be fair, the author does say that all Christians should do the things that they expect their clergy to do, but he does not go so far as to advocate abandoning the clergy-laity system.
Mr. Cheshire (when I see his name I imagine him grinning like the cat in "Alice In Wonderland") also comes across as a bit arrogant as he tells how he has forgiven and befriended Ted Haggard and how he runs several businesses through his church so that he does not have to cater to rich church members who give big contributions, but rather can run his church however he pleases.
I found the book to be thought-provoking and entertaining and I do recommend it.
Why We Eat Our Own talks about the total lack of grace we show to our leaders and shows what happens when we give them that grace.
When we sin and repent, we expect to be forgiven and restored to our former position. But Christian leaders are shunned for life. If that seems wrong, great. But if it doesn't, you really need to read this book. Cheshire talks about his friendship with Ted Haggard, disgraced pastor, how to deal with moral failure among church staff, how his church became more real and much more loving and why it owns a racecar, diner and a slew of other businesses.
This book is flat-out fascinating. There is not a boring page in it, and it will change the way you think.