Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 15, 2011

Change the way you relate to God


What if changing the way you relate to God could change the way you view life and others?   Skye Jethani, in his book “With”, defines four approaches to God that leave people unsatisfied.  Life from God seeks His blessings and gifts but there is no interest in God Himself.  Life over  God focuses on principles rather than prayer and leaves no room for true ministry.  Life for God seeks to accomplish great things in His service.  Life under God offers blessing in return for our obedience.

None of these postures can satisfy us or God.  Therefore, we need to live our lives with God.  In “With,” Jethani reveals the error of the four postures and teaches how to live in communion with God the way God intended when He created Eden.

This book will change the way you think about your relationship with God and others.  It will show you how trying to do great things for God and trying to be perfect will not bring about the abundance of blessings we are hoping to receive.  God is not a gift-giver or a blessing taker based on what we do or how we act.  A relationship with God is not a formula or a principle.  In order to truly commune with God, we have to spend time with God because we want to and because He desires to share our company.  We can’t go to Him because we want something out of the relationship other than the joy of His companionship.

With discussion questions in the Appendix, “With” is an ideal small group study.  Skye Jethani is the managing editor of Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today International.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Booksneeze, Thomas Nelxon Publisher’s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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