February 12, 2010

Crave

There is nothing like a good work out to clear the cobwebs. Each day I workout my commitment to live healthier grows stronger. Why do I forget how wonderful it feels to move?

There are a lot of things I forget that make me feel wonderful. Mostly, because before the wonderful there is a lot of hard work.

For example, exercise before I can feel the wonderful after glow of a good work out, I have to actually endure the workout.

Eating right, so much easier to sit down to a bag full of jellybeans, enjoying the sugar rush, then to prepare a good and balance meal. Ironically, the jellybeans will eventually make me sick but the healthy meal makes me feel stronger.

The list goes on our goals, our relationships all give us the feeling of strength when we commit and take care of them.

A little while ago an author name Chris Tomlinson, contacted me and asked how I would feel about reviewing his book. “Crave, Wanting so much more of God.” I followed a couple of links he provided and read through some of his material and decided that I would review the book.

Crave: Wanting So Much More of God

After I received the book and started reading I was so happy to have had the opportunity. From the beginning of the book I was amazed to find that so many of my own thoughts were echoed. I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised that as a Christian we all have feelings of inadequacy, those feelings that we are not good enough Christians, that we are too full of sin, that we make too many bad choices.

Then of course there is the guilt. I wont spend a lot of time on all the things that make us feel guilt because frankly it is depressing and the list is long. What I enjoyed about “Crave,” is the way Mr. Tomlinson captured the heart of what all Christians are searching for, a better relationship with our Heavenly Father.

As I read I dog eared quotes that I would share with you. The problem now is practically every page is folded over and to fully appreciate the quote I would have to type the entire chapter. So instead I’m just going to strongly suggest that you read the book. I will also provide you a link to the first 3 chapters of his book.

I have been a member of the LDS religion my entire life. In fact my parents, and their parents and ect… have always been LDS. My appreciation for this book stems from the fact that I looked at gospel principles I have been taught my entire life through a new perspective. Sometimes when we have heard a principle taught the same way over and over again we forget the principle. Or we fail to grasp the same point in the principle because the explanation has not changed.

Through out “Crave,” I sensed the sincerity and the intent of the author to help us draw closer to the Savior. To explain to us why we did not need to get so bogged down in our inadequacies and our guilt that we turn away from Christ.

To all of my LDS friends who decide to read this book you may be interested in knowing that Mr. Tomlinson is not LDS and at one point in the book he brings up the Mormon religion. At first I put on my armor and took offense to what he had written. I then went back and read the chapter again in its entirety. I really liked the book and did not want to not like it because of this one thing. As I read again I understood that the statement was not offensive. To double check I even sent Mr. Tomlinson and email and said, “Explain yourself sir.” His reply back was very kind and the concept of grace that he was explaining made so much sense to me. Theological we may be different but we both crave a relationship with our Savior.

The next post down is the business end of reviewing a book. I hope you will check out the links. Also, in addition to sending me a copy of the book I received a second copy to give away. The opportunity to win the second copy is below. Or you can click this link.

Prayers and Hugs,

1 comment:

Angie said...

Our concept of grace is not so much different than that of other religions. Well, it is, but it isn't. Grace is, after all, how we are saved. I think I'll give his book a read.