This Beautiful Mess {Book Review}

100_8369This Beautiful Mess, Practicing the Presence of the Kingdom of God by Rick McKinley is a very timely book.  It is a lot like Radical by David Platt, God’s At War by Kyle Idleman. All excellent books.

How do we practice the presence of the kingdom of God? Can we truly practice and experience this presence?

Mr. McKinley maintains it is possible. But it will take a radical type of obedience and view of the kingdom.

What happens when we view our lives (and ourselves!) through the lens of God’s kingdom? What happens when we radically choose to obey the voice of God?

Lives are changed. We are changed. We start seeing Him, His handiwork, and His work all around us.

We begin to yearn for a deeper commitment, a deeper relationship with Him. We long to see His kingdom advance. We long for Him to increase and for us to decrease.

In short, we live radical lives because His kingdom is a radical thing!

“Somewhere along the line, we have embraced a picture of a Jesus who would turn us into perfect people unpolluted by the world or our own sin. But He didn’t. In Him we are new creations; in ourselves we are dump dwellers.”

“You can study God expertly in His parts and miss Him entirely in His Being.”

I don’t want that to be true of me.

Living a radical life requires radical obedience.

This book is well-written and timely.  It comes with a discussion guide so it would work well for a Sunday School class, Bible study or book club. If you want to be radically sold out to Jesus, if you want to see His work in and through you, if you want to radically see the world changed for HIM and His glory, this is a great book to read!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.


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