Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Briarpatch Gospel : Fearlessly Following Jesus into the Thorny Places
When I read the first chapter of this book The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus Into the Thorny Places...I put it down. It came close to offending me but I recognized that the offense was in me and not in the Holy Spirit that was in me. I read a part of it to my husband, knowing him pretty well, expecting him to be be offended. But he didn't say a word for a while...then he said, I think he's right.
I do too. I think Shayne Wheeler has written a book that is really about following Jesus, not just saying the words and acting the part. This is one of those books that you have to re-read. One of those that you move slowly through because you have to stop and pray just about after every chapter.
You will either put it down after the first chapter, or you will keep reading and keep praying on bended knee for Jesus to give you the strength to follow Him where it isn't easy to follow.
Well-written, honest, easy to read as far as reading level...but challenging to the heart. It took me longer to get through this book because I had to stop and think and pray so much.
I would highly recommend this book, especially if you are seeking a deeper walk with Jesus.
Mr. Wheeler has a website for his book as well that you can visit http://briarpatchgospel.com/. The website has discussion guides and helps for the book.
If you would like to read the first chapter, you can do so but visiting this link: http://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/FirstChapters/978-1-4143-7230-3.pdf