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on April 11, 2011
If this book is not life-changing to someone who reads it, it should be!
I have to admit to beginning the book with some trepidation. I lean conservative and evangelical, and I was sure that this book was going to be liberal and oriented on tolerating or accepting evil. It wasn't. Nor was it standard conservative, evangelical fare. Of the two groups, I think it might sting the conservative, evangelical a bit more (or maybe I just feel that way because I'm part of that group and felt some of the stings!), but it has plenty of stings for all sides, although they are delivered with love and fairness.
This book is Christianity without the labels. It is for Christians--right, left, or something else.
The author does spend most of his time on unconditional forgiveness, because that is what we need to hear! However, I disagree with those who have said that he doesn't spend enough time on justice and consequences. He makes it very clear that forgiveness does not equate to reconciliation. Reconciliation requires repentance. One doesn't go back into the house with the spouse beater until he or she has changed. But, you can forgive. In fact, you must if you want to follow Christ.
I liked this book so much, that I plan to take my kids back through it as a Bible study. It is that eye-opening.
I highly recommend it.