|I thought I would pass along my thoughts on a couple of books I’ve just recently completed. If either one, or both, peaks your interest, they are worth the time invested.
1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. You’ve heard it said that the best way to defeat your enemy is to know him. With keen insight, Lewis exposes some of the deceitful means Satan often employs to keep us from faith in the Lord. He does so in a fascinating way, from the viewpoint of a top ranked demon, Screwtape, as he trains his nephew, Wormwood, in the cunning skill of deceit. In describing to Wormwood the differences between God and the world of darkness, Screwtape writes,
“We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over.” p.39
Beyond interesting and thought-provoking, beyond a behind-the-scenes look at demonic strategy, Lewis sets forth in The Screwtape Letters the greatness of God and the unstoppable power of the Gospel!
2. Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome. By Owen Strachan. Strachan serves as executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Strachan addresses in his book how fear of man or hypothetical outcomes often derail us from living out our faith to its potential. When we are constrained by fear and do not go about our lives living by faith, we miss out on experiencing God’s greatness, power, and reliability at work in us. The initial chapters set the context of how weak faith increases stress and how the gospel calls us to step out in faith relying on the Word of God and the character of God. For the remainder of the book, Strachan applies “risky gospel” to specific areas of life; faith, family, work, church, evangelism, and citizenship.Risky Gospel encourages faithful living by trusting in our faithful Lord. The closing words of the book are an apt summary…
“Soon, brothers and sisters, we’ll be in glory, and we’ll celebrate what the gospel accomplished for us by God’s awesome grace: we risked the world, losing nothing… and trusted in Christ, gaining everything.” p.222
Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor