- Taschenbuch: 112 Seiten
- Verlag: iUniverse (4. Oktober 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0595517781
- ISBN-13: 978-0595517787
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 0,7 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 515.468 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Finding Home: A Parable of Kingdom Life (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Oktober 2008
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When we struggle to get closer to God and experience his fullness, the typical prescription is a truckload of spiritual activity that leaves us discouraged and empty. Author Brad Huebert has been down that bitter, dead-end path and back again. In Finding Home, Huebert dissolves the veil between faith and sight to help you embrace the power and majesty of God's kingdom. Huebert casts his story in the epic adventures of Ivan, a lukewarm believer who finds himself in the heavenly realm of Basileia-the Kingdom of God. Ivan must choose between two paths-Old City or New City? One leads to exhaustion and despair; the other leads to the heart of the King. Which will he choose? Through Ivan's journey, experience how to leave the Old City behind and live out the blessings of the kingdom through childlike acceptance of the truth. Like Christ's parables, Huebert's tale simply illustrates how the Kingdom of God is already within and among us. Finding Home is a story you'll want to pick up over and over; it is replete with unforgettably delectable images to savor with each read. It invites you to rethink your old assumptions about faith and kingdom life. Which path will you choose?
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Brad Huebert is a lead pastor with nearly twenty years of experience in church ministry. He lives to awaken people to the voice, presence, and touch of Jesus so they can rediscover their lives in the kingdom of God. Brad lives with his wife and three children in Calgary, Alberta.
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It is only fair to admit up front that allegory is not my preferred genre for reading. Although I agreed with a lot of what the author was trying to say, I was not endeared to this story. I liked the descriptions of the people wearing masks to cover their shortcomings and sins. And I agree with his message that emphasizes that we don't earn points by dutifully following lists and spending time in devotions and searching for The King; but that The King wants to satisfy our thirst through his grace, and will lead us in the direction we should go.
His downplay of devotional and Scripture reading and other efforts to find a relationship with The King flies in the face of some Scriptures such as Jeremiah 29:13, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." I have no problem with discarding some of the strict lists of "do-s and don'ts" along with the notion that we are earning points through performing various acts and services. But I don't see those actions as a total dead end street either. I believe people can learn through these efforts, especially through regular Bible reading, and they will find a relationship with Christ Jesus if that is what they are truly seeking.
I also find it unrealistic that the main character covers so much spiritual ground in such a short time through this mystical journey apart from his family and friends. It seems to me that these lessons are the kind that are learned over time with people we know, but then this was an allegory.
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"Finding Home, a Parable of Kingdom Life" written by Pastor Brad Huebert of Dalhousie Community Church is a wonderfully crafted telling of a christians journey through this world.
Reminiscent of John Bunyan's `Pilgrims' Progress' and Hannah Hurnard `Hinds Feet on High Places', this story is alive with vivid images of the ebenezers in a christians walk, brief moments of revelation that change the course of our lives.
One of the most dramatic moments in my life occurred when I realized there is nothing I can do to make my King love me more and nothing I could do to make Him love them less.
What does one do with that kind of Love?
Ivan, the main character in this journey, discovers that there is only one thing that he can do, walk in it.
The story is gripping and instantly identifiable for those who began their christian walk making lists and performing duties. All this is left behind when Ivan eyes look upon the King.
You will find rich illustrations of both duty and grace. Scattered throughout are wise sayings as well, such as:
"Authority trumps power"
"Childlike and childish are not the same thing"
"Most people choose dutiful routine over passionate relationship"
My personal favorite quote was..."Passion is one of the most unbalanced things in this universe. That's why I love it." Indeed the King must love passion in order to give the greatest gift.
Christians seeking authenticity and a deeper walk will enjoy this book, those caught in legalism and duty will not.
C. S. Lewis once said "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." You will most likely want to return to this one.
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"Ivan, I'm real."
"I know that."
"Then treat me that way....Don't live as if...I cannot guide you."
I thought the author really captured the disorientation and disappointment that come when your earnest efforts of doing what you "should" aren't successful. He then goes on to show how the fact that the expectations are impossible to meet--and striving cannot get you what you want anyway--is a *good* thing. I already recommended it to one friend and plan to encourage my husband to read it as well. Thanks to the author for a book I plan to return to.
Well, excuse me while I have my toes surgical removed from my esophagus. I just hate it when that happens.
The gracious and kind Brad sent me his book to review recently. Finding Home: A Parable of Kingdom Life is a parable that tells the story of Ivan, a man seeking to find God's kingdom. He gets derailed in the "Old City," a place burdened with rules and lists and obligations before finally finding freedom in the "New City."
I liked this book. And I like Brad Huebert for sharing his heart and vision of what God intends for His people.