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Join Bruxy Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House, in the pages of Reunion: a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Dig into Scripture with Bruxy as he unfolds God’s message for the world in one word, three words, and thirty words. Learn why you shouldn’t follow the Bible (but why you’ll wan Join Bruxy Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House, in the pages of Reunion: a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Dig into Scripture with Bruxy as he unfolds God’s message for the world in one word, three words, and thirty words. Learn why you shouldn’t follow the Bible (but why you’ll want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus). Scout out the real definitions of sin and salvation, which might surprise you. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one. Glimpse a God who is Love itself and who, like it or not, just can’t stop thinking about you. If you’ve heard about Jesus so often that he makes you yawn, give him one more chance. If you think the gospel has something to do with religious rules or rituals, think again. Whether you are a restless seeker, struggling sinner, or sanctimonious saint, get ready for a reunion: with your true self, with others, and with the God who longs to welcome you home. One of Missio Alliance’s Top 15 Essential Reads of 2017.


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Join Bruxy Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House, in the pages of Reunion: a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Dig into Scripture with Bruxy as he unfolds God’s message for the world in one word, three words, and thirty words. Learn why you shouldn’t follow the Bible (but why you’ll wan Join Bruxy Cavey, bestselling author and teaching pastor at The Meeting House, in the pages of Reunion: a dynamic investigation of the most earth-shattering, piety-smashing, life-changing news ever. Dig into Scripture with Bruxy as he unfolds God’s message for the world in one word, three words, and thirty words. Learn why you shouldn’t follow the Bible (but why you’ll want to read it to learn how to follow Jesus). Scout out the real definitions of sin and salvation, which might surprise you. Discover your true citizenship in the Jesus nation, where you might be ready to die for a cause but never willing to kill for one. Glimpse a God who is Love itself and who, like it or not, just can’t stop thinking about you. If you’ve heard about Jesus so often that he makes you yawn, give him one more chance. If you think the gospel has something to do with religious rules or rituals, think again. Whether you are a restless seeker, struggling sinner, or sanctimonious saint, get ready for a reunion: with your true self, with others, and with the God who longs to welcome you home. One of Missio Alliance’s Top 15 Essential Reads of 2017.

30 review for Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I wasn't sure what to make of Bruxy Cavey's new book (re)union, the Good News of Jesus, for Seekers, Saints and Sinners. I was very sceptical, starting from his explanation of why he has a tattoo. I mean who is this guy? Does he even know what he's talking about? Yes, yes he does. He encourages readers to mark up his book. So I did. I underlined I made notes. Sometimes I used exclamation points when I felt he missed the mark. But for the most part, he was spot on about what it means to follow Jesu I wasn't sure what to make of Bruxy Cavey's new book (re)union, the Good News of Jesus, for Seekers, Saints and Sinners. I was very sceptical, starting from his explanation of why he has a tattoo. I mean who is this guy? Does he even know what he's talking about? Yes, yes he does. He encourages readers to mark up his book. So I did. I underlined I made notes. Sometimes I used exclamation points when I felt he missed the mark. But for the most part, he was spot on about what it means to follow Jesus and what that looks like. Hint - it doesn't include religion. Was Jesus only rebuking the Jewish leaders of his day when he preached? Or is the message and mission of Jesus a universal rebuke to all religions? As Cavey states, "It seems the message of Jesus changed the world until the world changed the message." Cavey attempts to present the Gospel message in one word, three words, and thirty words, dividing the book into those categories. He makes the point that "religious" people stick to the Bible above all else and so they become like the religious leaders of Jesus' day, whom Jesus chastised. "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life (John 5:39-40)." They read the Bible and believe everything it says, but if they don't read it with Jesus as the centre of it, they miss the point. "Jesus should become the lens through which we see the real meaning of all Scripture." He has a point. Many Christians today seem to zero in on a particular scripture and make it their mantra in life when it has nothing to do with Jesus at all. Who are you following? The Bible? Or Jesus? If Jesus is the Word, then follow Him. Cavey makes that point throughout this book. It is all about getting to know God and the only way to do that, according to Cavey, is through Jesus who is "God's ultimate explanation of himself." He adds, "What do we see when we look at Jesus? A God who has infinite compassion on sinners and outcasts. A God who rages against religion. A God who calls us his friends." While much of the book is sound, there were a few things I disagreed with theologically. While he is quick to point out that "religious" people pick and choose their Scriptures to justify their actions, he does the same thing. He tends to ignore the Scriptures that describe hell or the torment that is to come for those who reject Christ as it doesn't "fit" with his concept of a loving and just God. He talks like a universalist with just enough truth to make it seem like he's right. So one must read this book with caution. Despite that, he is a man who obviously loves his Lord and he presents a thorough examination of what the gospel is all about - Jesus. Just Jesus. It's about His kingdom beginning with us and in us through His Holy Spirit. This book is for seekers and sinners and especially saints who have lost their way in religion and want to find Jesus again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Neil Bassingthwaighte

    I have been searching for a book like this for a while now. This may have been the clearest, and most well laid out, explanation of the gospel that I have heard in years. It is incredibly accessible, and therefore could be put in the hands of almost anyone exploring faith in Jesus.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maria Eve

    Great book, highly recommended. I read it over several weeks in a large zoom study group run by Bruxy. Thankful for the book, and his leading of the conversations. Several chapters (actually parts of all chapters) really spoke to me. I plan to re-read this book again...while the weekly study sessions are great to dig deeper into the topics, I prefer to have the continual flow of reading a book in a more condensed timeframe; for me, it helps everything soak in more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victoria W.

    First off, I love the versatility of this book and if my thoughts are somewhat disjointed I apologize sometimes information takes more time to come out fluently than time allows :) (Re)Union at it's heart has a simple message, easily condensed into 30 words or less and yet has the ability to touch hearts and shift the worlds of its readers be they "seekers, saints, and sinners."This is because Cavey presents not just a book about the church, or evangelism, or religion instead he presents a book a First off, I love the versatility of this book and if my thoughts are somewhat disjointed I apologize sometimes information takes more time to come out fluently than time allows :) (Re)Union at it's heart has a simple message, easily condensed into 30 words or less and yet has the ability to touch hearts and shift the worlds of its readers be they "seekers, saints, and sinners."This is because Cavey presents not just a book about the church, or evangelism, or religion instead he presents a book about Jesus and how everything about faith points back to God in all his wholeness not just aspects and facets. I was struck by the versatility with which Cavey opens up his message. Filled with easily relatable cultural references alongside solid Biblical and theological understanding, Cavey doesn't insult his readers intelligence but simply introduces them to Jesus in ever increasing measures (for example the one, three, and thirty words sections exploring the good news). This result in a book that is truly reader friendly in layout and material (although application and reception may be harder), and is easily accessible to anyone willing to take a look, which,in my option, is how the gospel should be given. For some more conservative or traditional evangelicals, the message of( Re)Union may come across as shocking. Though acknowledging many traditional ways of presenting the gospel (Romans Road, 4 laws) he also acknowledges the sense of incompleteness the bring to the gospel and the need to broaden the picture. For some, it may be difficult to adjust to this new presentation of a Jesus-centered gospel rather than an Easter-centered one. For those who are patient enough to get through any reservations they will find Cavey presents a well-thought out and obviously well researched message of hope and maybe even healing. Bruxy Cavey is a talented writer who presents engaging stories, a sincere heart for people and faith, and a solid gospel message that it accessible to all. I cannot wait to see how the study version unfolds during it's release next year. 5 out of 5 stars "An Advanced Reader Copy was provided courtesy of Menno Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Duerrstein

    Reunion is an excellent overview of what the message of Jesus is--the Gospel. Bruxy outlines where some traditional overviews of the gospel have fallen short. For example, the Four Spiritual Laws (or others) that simply focus on our sin(s) and Jesus death which lead us to thinking about how WE get to God--rather than the other way around. The first half of the book outlines the "good news" as actually GOOD news--rooted in God's love. And that the gospel is like the game Othello: "a minute to lea Reunion is an excellent overview of what the message of Jesus is--the Gospel. Bruxy outlines where some traditional overviews of the gospel have fallen short. For example, the Four Spiritual Laws (or others) that simply focus on our sin(s) and Jesus death which lead us to thinking about how WE get to God--rather than the other way around. The first half of the book outlines the "good news" as actually GOOD news--rooted in God's love. And that the gospel is like the game Othello: "a minute to learn, a lifetime to master," Christians don't need to "learn the gospel" and then move on to something else, but "understanding the gospel in its simplicity and fullness will help us understand our origin, destiny, and identity--who we are, why we matter, and how we can become the best version of ourselves in this world." The first half also presents the gospel in one word: Jesus. And the gospel in three words: Jesus is Lord. The second half the book dives deeper on themes in the first half and presents the gospel in thirty words: Jesus is God with us. Come to Show us God's love. Save us from sin. Set up God's kingdom. and shut down religion. So we can share in God's life. I like the 3-part structure of this. "Jesus is God with us" (the incarnation) is the ground of the gospel or the foundation of the gospel. Four middle parts "show us God's love," "save us from sin," "set up God's kingdom," and "shut down religion," are the gifts of the gospel. And lastly, "so we can share in God's life" (theosis) is the goal of the gospel. Bruxy is clear to mention that this framework is not for Christians to repeat at people as a means of evangelism. But it's a way of helping Christians frame the gospel, recognize its comprehensive nature, and, for many of us, remind us how and that we do need to actually TALK about the gospel just as much as we show our faith by how we live. And that we need to talk naturally about who Jesus is to those who are spiritually curious. Reunion and the study guide provide a great "re-training" and reminding of the gospel for Christians but also a great introduction to those who are seeking too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    I am totally intrigued by this book. Bruxy Cavey makes a case for following Jesus in what some might think is a radical way. He really has me thinking and assessing how I have been walking this faith journey. I love being challenged and this book definitely does that. Am I a religious person? Or person of faith? Have to admit I've spent most of my life thinking they were one in the same but after reading (Re)union I'm beginning to see they are not. Cavey has an easy-going writing style -- even hum I am totally intrigued by this book. Bruxy Cavey makes a case for following Jesus in what some might think is a radical way. He really has me thinking and assessing how I have been walking this faith journey. I love being challenged and this book definitely does that. Am I a religious person? Or person of faith? Have to admit I've spent most of my life thinking they were one in the same but after reading (Re)union I'm beginning to see they are not. Cavey has an easy-going writing style -- even humorous at times -- and reading this book felt like he was right there with me and we were having a one-on-one discussion. I even answered out loud a time or two! We're talking relationships -- with God, with each other, with the greater community and how Jesus is the key to making sense of it all. A tranaforming message that encourages readers to actively participate in their faith by simply following Jesus. Advanced Reader Copy provided by Herald Press and Graf-Martin Communications

  7. 4 out of 5

    J.D.K. Elliott

    Bruxy has written an accessible, witty and deeply theological account of what the gospel truly is. In most ways this book is excellent, and I would recommend it to anyone. It loses one star for me because of his obsession with Religion. Granted, he takes time to explain that while some may have a healthy definition of religion, he is meaning it in the sense of its abuse, this explanation comes after half a dozen chapters of bashing the word and seems at first blush to be an appeasment to readers Bruxy has written an accessible, witty and deeply theological account of what the gospel truly is. In most ways this book is excellent, and I would recommend it to anyone. It loses one star for me because of his obsession with Religion. Granted, he takes time to explain that while some may have a healthy definition of religion, he is meaning it in the sense of its abuse, this explanation comes after half a dozen chapters of bashing the word and seems at first blush to be an appeasment to readers like me. I can see why he did this. Many, if not most, share his negative definition of the word. Yet to work the answer to this misunderstanding into your very definition of the gospel itself seems to me to be taking things too far. Religion even as defined by a secular source (dictionary.com) is the worship of a deity. I would say there's nothing wrong with that. Religion as ritual, or religion to earn favor is wrong, but that knowledge is not the centre of the gospel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I finished Brad Jersak's "A More Christlike God" not too long ago, so was intrigued to compare the work of these two Canadian theologians, when the content was fairly similar. In short, they are great companion reads! Jersak's work was more academically exacting, while Cavey's was probably more approachable. Both hearken back, to an extent, to red-letter forerunners like Campolo and McLaren. I liked the take on Biblical inerrancy, that we have it in the person of Jesus, and Cavey's summaries: th I finished Brad Jersak's "A More Christlike God" not too long ago, so was intrigued to compare the work of these two Canadian theologians, when the content was fairly similar. In short, they are great companion reads! Jersak's work was more academically exacting, while Cavey's was probably more approachable. Both hearken back, to an extent, to red-letter forerunners like Campolo and McLaren. I liked the take on Biblical inerrancy, that we have it in the person of Jesus, and Cavey's summaries: the gospel in one word, three words, and 30 words. In short, while (re)union is a comparatively simple read, it is also profound. An advanced digital copy was provided courtesy of Menno Media & Graf-Martin Communications; thanks!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Reunion is a book about the message of Jesus written from a nonreligious perspective and for an audience that is skeptical of church and faith. Author Bruxy Cavey is the pastor of an inclusive church in Canada called The Meeting Place (or, "A church for people who don't like church"). For those who need an introduction (or refresher) to Kingdom theology, nonviolence, and the futility of religion, Reunion is a wonderful primer. Cavey is relational, funny, and very thorough. While a big chunk of t Reunion is a book about the message of Jesus written from a nonreligious perspective and for an audience that is skeptical of church and faith. Author Bruxy Cavey is the pastor of an inclusive church in Canada called The Meeting Place (or, "A church for people who don't like church"). For those who need an introduction (or refresher) to Kingdom theology, nonviolence, and the futility of religion, Reunion is a wonderful primer. Cavey is relational, funny, and very thorough. While a big chunk of the book will be very familiar to those who were born and raised in the church, his chapters on the meaning behind the "kingdom of heaven" and Jesus's subversive anti-religious message are well worth the price of admission.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet Eurich

    I’ve struggled with how best to share the gospel. And I discovered that others feel the same. I had tracked with Bruxy’s sermons for years so I knew about this book when my (not Anabaptist) small group asked me if we could see the gospel message modeled — voila! — I recommended we use this book and study guide. We are still doing the study, and I am seeing the roadblocks slip away as they share what they are learning with people in their lives. Perhaps the biggest breakthrough in our group was o I’ve struggled with how best to share the gospel. And I discovered that others feel the same. I had tracked with Bruxy’s sermons for years so I knew about this book when my (not Anabaptist) small group asked me if we could see the gospel message modeled — voila! — I recommended we use this book and study guide. We are still doing the study, and I am seeing the roadblocks slip away as they share what they are learning with people in their lives. Perhaps the biggest breakthrough in our group was one person getting past the “But I’m an introvert!” to a statement that as a child of God, which is the most important thing in my life, how can I not talk about it? The second roadblock being overcome is a lack of ability and/or confidence to articulate the gospel well. It works!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh Cagno

    I found this book so refreshing. It is evident through Bruxy’s writing that he is truly in love with Jesus and simply wants others to have a relationship with God . It was written in a simple concise format but also had great theological depth and pointed to scripture all throughout the text . I would definitely recommend this to people who have questions about Jesus but also to those like me who are maybe a little bit worn out when it comes to religion .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayteejyyz

    I went on a bit of a journey this year, including attending The Meeting Place for a few months on a regular basis. I am sad to report that I ended up where I started. Bruxy's sermons were always my favourite and there is so much I appreciate about his perspective and his tone and cadence. But ultimately, there are a few ideals I couldn't come to terms with. This book seemed great on the surface in a lot of ways, but there was that undercurrent I still struggle with. I went on a bit of a journey this year, including attending The Meeting Place for a few months on a regular basis. I am sad to report that I ended up where I started. Bruxy's sermons were always my favourite and there is so much I appreciate about his perspective and his tone and cadence. But ultimately, there are a few ideals I couldn't come to terms with. This book seemed great on the surface in a lot of ways, but there was that undercurrent I still struggle with.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Wedel

    This a great primer for anyone looking to understand the true meaning of the gospel. Cavey does a great job of balancing truth, humor, and love in a way that makes the way of Jesus easy to grasp and understand. I would highly recommend this book to anyone just starting out in their pursuit of Jesus. While not comprehensive source for Christian living and theology by any standard, (re)Union is a great place to start

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marshall A. Lewis A

    There's a lot of really good stuff in here. Bruxy is always good at communicating points in understandable ways and giving sound advice for what to do with what he just explained. Though most of it was things learned in church (the meeting house or elsewhere) it's always good to be reminded of what good news the good news is by someone so excited to be a newsboy! There's a lot of really good stuff in here. Bruxy is always good at communicating points in understandable ways and giving sound advice for what to do with what he just explained. Though most of it was things learned in church (the meeting house or elsewhere) it's always good to be reminded of what good news the good news is by someone so excited to be a newsboy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This is such an awesome read. He explains why there is a difference between "religion" and "following Jesus". For anyone that is skeptical of what I have called "organized religion" but would like to live a life in Christ, this book offers hope of a different way. This is such an awesome read. He explains why there is a difference between "religion" and "following Jesus". For anyone that is skeptical of what I have called "organized religion" but would like to live a life in Christ, this book offers hope of a different way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel A. Dawson

    Grabbed this one from work (perks of working for a Christian media company where publishers send us all the things!) because a friend was reading it, and found it such a solid and comprehensive look at Christian faith and life as a believer. It was more a refresher for me than anything, but a really thorough and encouraging one that will absolutely be a recommendation i share freely with newer believers! Loved @bruxybaby’s voice— honest, down to earth, gracious and loving, friendly, fresh. Nothi Grabbed this one from work (perks of working for a Christian media company where publishers send us all the things!) because a friend was reading it, and found it such a solid and comprehensive look at Christian faith and life as a believer. It was more a refresher for me than anything, but a really thorough and encouraging one that will absolutely be a recommendation i share freely with newer believers! Loved @bruxybaby’s voice— honest, down to earth, gracious and loving, friendly, fresh. Nothing here is condemning or critical or crazy (as Christians and the church can often be...), but it instead made me fall in love with Jesus and Christianity all over again and remember why I first chose this wild and beautiful life of faith in the first place.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    This is a great book that presents a fresh look at the good news of Jesus. The first half is particularly inspiring and refreshing. He presents the good news in one, word, three words, then 30 words. I had to work to finish it, so drags a bit near the end. Still, highly recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Jones

    A great guide book for sinners, saints & seekers to the freedom found in the good news! The gospel in one word, three words & 30 words clarifies the calling/point of the good news. It’s all about Jesus! Highly recommend!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Bruxy Cavey has a gift at taking complex theological teachings and simplifying them. Loved the book

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kile

    I didn't really read this. I skimmed it, and was glad to not finish it. Another someone who has it all together and has all the answers. Cute. Been there. Done with that. I didn't really read this. I skimmed it, and was glad to not finish it. Another someone who has it all together and has all the answers. Cute. Been there. Done with that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Britni Paige

    This book brought me back to the root of who we are supposed to be and why.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan Tabib

    I loved this book so much! I’ll be regrading this for sure because there is just so much packed into an easy to read book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Borgman

    Great book Bruxy is a fantastic communicator and does another great job on this book communicating the love of Jesus. I'd recommend it to anyone, Christian or not! Great book Bruxy is a fantastic communicator and does another great job on this book communicating the love of Jesus. I'd recommend it to anyone, Christian or not!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Great book This book explains the life in Christ very understandably. Well written and easily to grasp. Helps make Grace real, and I recommend the book highly.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Suzanne

    I loved this book. Cavey explained what the Bible and real Christianity is all about in a way that makes sense and yet challenged what I believed. At times he said things that shocked me like how as Christians, we don't need to follow the ten commandments anymore, but as I continued reading and how he brought it all back to Jesus, it made sense. He addresses some concerns he knows people will have with what he says and explains why he believes the way he does. I may need to read this book a few I loved this book. Cavey explained what the Bible and real Christianity is all about in a way that makes sense and yet challenged what I believed. At times he said things that shocked me like how as Christians, we don't need to follow the ten commandments anymore, but as I continued reading and how he brought it all back to Jesus, it made sense. He addresses some concerns he knows people will have with what he says and explains why he believes the way he does. I may need to read this book a few times for everything to sink in fully, but it is not theological in the sense that many apologists and theologians make it out to be. It is written for the ordinary person and you don't need a degree in theology to understand it. I recommend this book to anyone, as Cavey says, is a seeker, a saint, or a sinner. "Book has been provided courtesy of Menno Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

  26. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    Full disclosure - I've been attending The Meeting House for about eight years now, so I'm pretty familiar with Bruxy's teaching. Obviously there's something about his teaching style and perspectives that I appreciate, or I wouldn't have stuck around his church for so long (of course, the community is the real linchpin, but the whole package works for me). This book just helped to reinforce all the great things I've been learning these past many years, and to articulate some of the things I appre Full disclosure - I've been attending The Meeting House for about eight years now, so I'm pretty familiar with Bruxy's teaching. Obviously there's something about his teaching style and perspectives that I appreciate, or I wouldn't have stuck around his church for so long (of course, the community is the real linchpin, but the whole package works for me). This book just helped to reinforce all the great things I've been learning these past many years, and to articulate some of the things I appreciate most about the way my church communicates and shares the gospel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grant Klinefelter

    This is the best go-to book for skeptics, new believers, or old believers getting back to the roots. In the same vein of Mere Christianity, Brux gives a beautiful telling of the basics of Christianity and the heart of Jesus.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I heard Bruxy speak at a conference in April, and I can't believe I 1) took so long to read this book, and 2) also completely forgot to review it. Goodreads has eaten my review a few times while writing this, so bear with me in my briefness. Bruxy's prophetic voice cuts through the fluff of 'upholding tradition' v. the upholding of what Jesus actually said. He unveils the gospel for what it really is (in one word, three words, and 30 words) and paints a compelling picture of what it means to be a I heard Bruxy speak at a conference in April, and I can't believe I 1) took so long to read this book, and 2) also completely forgot to review it. Goodreads has eaten my review a few times while writing this, so bear with me in my briefness. Bruxy's prophetic voice cuts through the fluff of 'upholding tradition' v. the upholding of what Jesus actually said. He unveils the gospel for what it really is (in one word, three words, and 30 words) and paints a compelling picture of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This book is for anyone who has asked, "Is this it? Is my life just keeping a bunch of rules?" His look at Jesus and the gospel is empowering, accessible, and full of wisdom. I'd recommend this book to new Christians and veteran Christians - this book has a little something for everyone. (also, Bruxy is my powerpoint hero)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex Parrish

    This book is the gospel truth; it is the framing and re-framing of the gospel in such a way that it truly is accessible to all its stated audiences: seekers, saints, and sinners. Cavey makes a statement late in the book that I think sums up the whole experience: “the gospel is a message all people need, including those of us who have been enjoying life with God for many years.” Indeed he echoes this over and over. I don’t mean to say he beleaguers the point. He presents some pretty critical theol This book is the gospel truth; it is the framing and re-framing of the gospel in such a way that it truly is accessible to all its stated audiences: seekers, saints, and sinners. Cavey makes a statement late in the book that I think sums up the whole experience: “the gospel is a message all people need, including those of us who have been enjoying life with God for many years.” Indeed he echoes this over and over. I don’t mean to say he beleaguers the point. He presents some pretty critical theology in a way that is highly accessible to all. Despite the fact that some of that truth is slightly out of step with much popular belief, he never comes across as overly preachy or high-minded. The author also reflects on much of his own personal struggle with self-worth and doubt. I think this is perhaps the most open door into the experience of the gospel; that it happens in real people, and that the experience is loving and transforming. For my part, I felt both of those things to be deeply true. As an introduction to Jesus, this book is fantastic. For those familiar, it offers something further: a reunion with the actual God of the Bible, departing from the institutes of religion until we stand in the same room with our Creator, no longer needing a chaperone. For fellow fans of theology, you will find echoes of Richard Rohr and Dallas Willard (he actually quotes Willard) and even a little flavoring of N.T. Wright. It’s a far more layman-friendly read than most of those guys typically produce, though, and the substance is equally enriching.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jmmack

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