Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Real Life

Firstly, I'm so sorry for the lack of posts last week. Last week was crazy, and I have been having some trouble motivating myself to read and post reviews up here. I hope to get back into the swing of things this week. :)

Book: Real Life by James Choung

Description: What does it mean to follow Jesus? And how should we help others become more like him?

Once upon a time, being a Christian seemed clear. Say these words, pray these prayers, do these things. But out in the real world, following Jesus feels more nebulous. What's the point?

That's Stephen's struggle in these pages as he wonders if he has missed his calling. In this compelling narrative, James Choung explores what it means to follow Jesus in the real world. Is Christianity something you just believe in, or can it be something you actually live out? Engineer Stephen wants to encourage his younger colleague Jared in his spiritual journey, but both feel at a loss. Stephen's friend Bridget offers insights on how Boomers, Xers, Millennials and younger generations approach spiritual questions, with implications for discipleship, community and service. Together they walk through deepening stages of faith as they discern how God is calling them to live.

Join Stephen, Bridget and Jared on their journey of following Jesus, as they discover what it means to move from skeptic to world-changer. And find new pathways for Christian discipleship and disciplemaking in a world yearning for hope. (from amazon.com)

This book was split into two parts, a novel and then a more information-based section at the end that summarized all the information given in the novel section. I really enjoyed the novel part--it was fun and informative, and written in a style that kept me interested and felt real. The characters were all very real; they struggled with Christianity, sinned, and yet were exactly the kind of people I would like to be someday (especially by the end). All right, a few people felt a bit too perfect, but I only noticed in retrospect; while reading, I definitely did not notice. The information part at the end was less interesting. It felt rather long, and just repeated what was already said in the novel part. It is, however, worth noting that I read this novel in three or five days and everything that had happened earlier was still fresh. The information section would probably be much more useful if I were coming back to the book after a long period of time and I just wanted to look up a few methods or facts or whatever without having to read through all the characterization.

Both parts of the book are about how to actually live for Jesus, especially in everyday life: how to witness effectively and in a way that is authentic, how to live for Jesus. It was focused on college-aged people overall, but the book is published by InterVarsity Press, and InterVarsity is a primarily campus-based ministry.

Real Life had a very powerful message about how to empower Jesus followers and align our lives to God, as well as practical tips as to how to live that out. I very much enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it, especially to anyone struggling with how to share his or her faith in a real, effective way.

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