I don’t typically review these kind of books. I generally steer away from straight theology books… not because they are not beneficial or great encouragement but because I read them differently. And more slowly. And my current station in life does not lend itself to deep, uninterrupted theological study.
So why did I pick this one? Honestly, one of the reasons I chose it was because of the length. It’s a short-and-sweet 74 pages. I’ve also heard great things about C.J. Mahaney, so I looked forward to being challenged in my understanding and comprehension of Christ as our Mediator.
Challenged is an understatement.
Since picking up this book, I have been exceedingly more and more aware of how often I overlook the enormous importance of the sacrifice of Christ on my behalf. “Luther once said he felt as if Jesus Christ died only yesterday; through what we experience together in this book’s pages, I hope you’ll learn to live the same way.” (Location 142, Kindle) Mahaney accomplishes just that… at least, in my life it has had a major impact.
Too often we live based on feelings. Do we feel loved by God? Perhaps abandoned. Perhaps at the very least unheeded. But Mahaney encourages us that this isn’t how it’s supposed to be: “We tend to ask God for more ‘experience,’ then assure Him that if He’ll give it, we’ll acknowledge and believe His truth.” (Location 219)
There was one place near the end of the book that I was not in agreement with. Mahaney writes, “But in our own depths of suffering, the Father doesn’t send an angel; He sends us the Savior. In our ordeals, we are given comfort and strength by Jesus Himself.” (Location 852) Jesus Himself says in John 14:15-17 that He “will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” We just discussed these verses in BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) on Sunday morning… While Christ was on earth, He was very much a Comforter/Helper/Advocate. Yet He promised His disciples that the Father would send another Comforter/Helper/Advocate (depending on which translation you use)… the Holy Spirit. Christ is now our Mediator, sitting at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit has been commissioned to give us comfort and strength.
Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone who feels they have lost a sense of exactly what Christ’s sacrifice has meant for us. If you need a refreshing look at the gospel in all its horror and beauty, this is an excellent resource.
I received this book for free via WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The perspectives above (not quoted from the book) are entirely mine.