Review: Face to face: Meeting God in the quiet places
R. Gustason, 27 Jan 2015
A review of Face to face: Meeting God in the quiet places
This book, written by Monte Kline, is formatted as a small groups study. There are questions at the end of each chapter, which helps to spur on discussion of the key points expressed. It seems to be a mix of a sermon at times, a devotional during other times, wrapped up in a self-help guide. The book is well written, uses plenty of scriptural references where appropriate to support his views, as well as crediting quotations referenced throughout with either in-text citations and/or footnotes.
In the book, he describes the 'busyness' of the modern world. He states, "When we recognize ourselves as human beings, not human doings, we will plug into the source of that being". I agree with this. All to often, as Christians, we busy ourselves with the work of the Kingdom as well as our daily lives, forgetting to plug in and recharge ourselves with the power source, i.e. God.
Another interesting quote from Kline, "Power is a function of focus", is an interesting thought. Light, scattered and diffused is rather benign. Focus that scattered light, and you get a powerful beam that can be used for great purpose. The key is the focus. If we want a powerful relationship with God, we need to focus.
"Learn from Jesus and resort to special prayer when you are going through a difficult trial or contemplating a new endeavor for the Master's glory". What Kline is saying is to find a personal retreat, a place away from others, a place you can be alone and connect with God when you have a particularly troublesome problem in your life. Jesus did this. Moses did this. Paul did this as well. We need to locate a place where we can focus solely on our relationship with Jesus. Get connected to God. Find peace in His presence.
Again, this is a well written book, that offers an abundance of evidence through scripture and his personal experiences supporting the author’s conclusion that personal retreats are a vital part of a Christian’s walk, and their health; both spiritually and physically.
I would recommend this book to others.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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