Mark E. Donnelly almost drowned swimming in the ocean. While he was contemplating death, he came to the realization that everything he thought made you a good Christian was wrong. “Rude Awakening” is the result of his near death experience and the desire to share what he has learned with others.
Even though Donnelly read the Bible every day, prayed daily, praised and worshipped God regularly, attended church twice a week, tithed and did all of the things good Christians do, he realized that he was not doing what God had called him to do. Following this rude awakening in his own life, he prayed a dangerous prayer and turned his life over to God. He asked God to do whatever was necessary to change him, rearrange his life so that he could live his life for God.
The book, divided into three parts—loving upward, loving outward and loving inward, is a man’s journey from doing what he thought God wanted him to do to doing what God wanted him to do. At some point in our lives, if we call ourselves Christians and we aren’t being obedient to God’s will in our lives, I believe God will give us our own rude awakening. If nothing else, Donnelly offers much fodder for discussion. Whether you agree with everything Donnelly presents, you will find some helpful spiritual guidance.
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