J.A. Meddlers’s subtitle “Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life” is the reason I picked this book! Yes, I want that to describe me…in my everyday life…with my husband, with our kids, as I homeschool, in my interactions with family, friends, strangers…!!
Meddlers recommends to read a chapter a day. I didn’t do that. However, looking back I would echo his suggestion. I used a color for a highlighter (as a mom with 4 kids there is always at least one around!), so my copy of Gospel Formed looks more like a coloring book now! There were so many great reminders and awesome “new-perspective” moments through out the book that challenged and inspired me.
“The Lord tells us, Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye” (Prov. 7:2). The “apple of your eye” is a love so strong that your heart hones in and will not look away. What twinkles in your eyes? What do you fixate on? Is God’s teaching the apple of your eye? How does the Bible rank in your life?” (pg. 64)
Yet, I want my heart to be effected, not just my head. I plan to go back through this book slower and then I may read it again aloud to the kids. I pray that they also will live a “grace-addicted, truth-filled, jesus-exalting life”!!
The book is broken down into five parts which all point to the Gospel in our our worship, identity, community, and mission. As Meddler explains, “Since the gospel is our message, model, motivation, and means, the gospel informs and shaped our worship, identity, community, and mission.” (pg. 28)
“What is Gospel Identity?” was my favorite section this time through the book. His reminders of our identity, how much we are loved and comforted and condemnation-free, and my role as a soldier really spoke to my heart.
From the chapter “You Are a Gospel Soldier: “Christianity’s aim is for us to experience new life in the kingdom of Christ, glorifying, exalting, and savoring Jesus. God seeks something far higher than good, clean, normal, comfy, morally upstanding people sitting in a church building on Sunday morning, nodding their heads to another great sermon. He is calling us to greatness in the environment of his grace. We are surrounded by grace, and that grace lead us to fight against our sin. Romans 8:13 is a declaration of all-our war on sin: ‘If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the boys, you will live.’” (pg. 129)
I could share so much from this book, but I won’t because you will color your own copy of Gospel Formed by J.A. Meddlers! 😉
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.