I donâ€™t typically review these kind of books. I generally steer away from straight theology booksâ€¦ 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. Itâ€™s a short-and-sweet 74 pages. Iâ€™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. â€œLuther once said he felt as if Jesus Christ died only yesterday; through what we experience together in this bookâ€™s pages, I hope youâ€™ll learn to live the same way.â€ (Location 142, Kindle) Mahaney accomplishes just thatâ€¦ 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 isnâ€™t how itâ€™s supposed to be: â€œWe tend to ask God for more â€˜experience,â€™ then assure Him that if Heâ€™ll give it, weâ€™ll acknowledge and believe His truth.â€ (Location 219)
There was one place near the end of the book that I was not in agreement with. Mahaney writes, â€œBut in our own depths of suffering, the Father doesnâ€™t send an angel; He sends us the Savior. In our ordeals, we are given comfort and strength by Jesus Himself.â€ (Location 852) Jesus Himself says in John 14:15-17 that He â€œwill pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.â€ We just discussed these verses in BFG (Bible Fellowship Group) on Sunday morningâ€¦ 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)â€¦ 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 Christâ€™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.