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ISBN/ASIN : 1576830160
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Release data : July, 1997
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Love Your God!
Although I think the word Your should have been left out of the title, this book is all about the hows and whys of becoming a better discipline of Christ. Our "world" is filled with feel-good theology and illogical answers given by undisciplined but well-intentioned Christians.
Which leds me to believe that apologetics are of vital importance to a Christian. Yet, we are failing. We are failing to teach this in church, in our communities and in our homes. Our culture is OUT of CONTROL and we know it, how do we change it? Feel good answers are not the answer. Walking on eggshells so as not to offend those that offend us is not the answer. Logical, solid answers about the Bible, God, Jesus are the answer. We need to not only have a heart for God, but a mind first and formost.
J.P. Moreland provides a way to cultivate your mind for the glory of God; wake up and start know WHY you believe, and HOW you came to that conclusion so that you may be able to LEAD others Christ! People tend to follow others that are confident in their faith, how confident are you?
Love Your God With All Your Mind is one of the books that you should read to become a spiritually mature Christian, able to lead others responsibly to the Lord.
good product, poor packaging
I had to read the book twice. The first time my irritation kept getting in the way. Often I would agree with a statement only to be irritated by the "support". For example, the statement he makes on page 90 that our culture's "primary agenda is to be amused and entertained" is well taken. But his supporting details are in a paragraph that makes sweeping (and arguably inaccurate) statements about the origin and meaning of the words "holiday" and "vacation". Rather than being an insightful support to his statement, it seems to be gratuitous rhetoric.
After some time the dust of my irritation settled and I was able to think calmly about his main ideas. All he really wants to do is to encourage the Christian community to value intellectual excellence. I applaud his initiative in doing this. In spite of my critisicms (of which there are many) I came away from the book having learned a lot. I would sum up his message as "Think! Brother, think!". And that's just what I did!
XIAN 201: Advanced Spirituality
Many believers I have met seem to hit a glass ceiling in their spiritual growth at some point. Few of these I have known have ever made it above that ceiling without cultivating a Christian life of the mind. This short analysis sums up my own experience, and that of four college-aged men who were hungering for more than their respective Christian upbringings had offered them. We are currently traversing the provocative pages of this book together; for me it is the third reading.
Moreland's book is a very applicable, doctrinally solid field guide to thinking Christianly about the world we live in. Inasmuch as one must think biblically in order to align his or her life with the teachings of Jesus, the challenge that has been handed down in "Love Your God With All Your Mind" is both essential and refreshing.
For most, this should be a five-star reading experience. I have given it four because of some sections full of definitions and technical terminology that have the potential of derailing half-hearted readers. This is Christianity 201. Still, the sheer density of its truth and goodness make "Love Your God" a book worth returning to time and again.
Also in its favor is its positive ethos. It accomplishes much the same task as Os Guinness' "Fit Bodies, Fat Minds" with a less cynical tone. Moreland also includes a fair amount of academic material that is helpful in understanding how one looks at the world.
Who among us would withold anything from his or her lover? Can this be conceived of as love? By no means! Love demands all. And if this is true of romantic life-commitment, then how much more true is it--how much more do we owe our total allegiance--of the God who has made us, and then paid for us again by His own pain? Let us stop fancying that we love God, in our half-hearted, penny-ante way, and really begin to love Him with all that we are... including our minds.