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Zacharias (Where's Your Jesus Now?) pours on the Southern charm in this not-so-gentle diatribe against what she calls the golden-calf theology in America. There are a lot of folks prancing around treating the Bible like an algebra book and God like their personal banker, Zacharias writes, and she is out to find them. She lambastes folks like an unnamed evangelist and adults who exploit children to make money off the faithful, while also sharing stories like that of Sister Schubert and an unnamed Marine, who live with generosity and faith. Zacharias will draw chortles with her colloquialisms and colorful language—he has a buttload of money—but she also exposes how we've started mistaking Christianity for capitalism. The book is long on stories but short on theology, pointed in criticism yet lost in indignation. Some may wish for a more reasoned approach, but none will argue with the solution: Stop imagining all the ways in which the universe can serve you and start figuring out how you can serve others. (Mar.)
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Ah, but wait a minute, what Karen Zacharias reveals through the people we meet in her book, who have very rich lives of FAITH, Provision, Grace and Mercy, this is not how God works. The Marine who gave up an affluent life to work among the homeless, live in the streets lives a life full of Grace, The Redhead, experiences joy, purpose and well being despite dying of breast cancer, Those who give from there hearts to others because that is what God has called them to do, to help others...not to store up material treasures. What is God's Kingdom? What does it mean to be part of the community of Christ? It is not to serve the self, but to serve and love others. And while we can thank God for his material provisions to us, our homes, jobs it is not our entitlement as the media preachers would have one fall into believing. Through the people met in this book, you will be humbled... to see rich lives led full of Grace through situations far more difficult than many of us live day to day. A stark contrast to the mega wealth and spending in the media pulpit.
I consider this book to be a faith changing book...for me it's up there with Kathleen Norris What's so Amazing About Grace, Molly Wolf's Angels and Dragons and several Anne Lamotts. Karen's writing is witty and engaging in a journalistic style. I look forward to reading more of her work.
There's enough guilt to go around and most will (or should) cringe a bit while reading one or more of these tales.
I first heard of this book when the author was interviewed by Steve Brown, who wrote the forward. If Steve recommends it, that's all I need to hear.