Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Book Review - "Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World"

Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World is a wonderful read! There is so much in this book, it needs times of deep contemplation - definitely not a book to be read in a day!
In this book, Dr Jeremiah touches on some of the momentous turns of events that we are currently experiencing in our lives today - the state of the economy, natural disasters, sin/evil in the world, and how as children of God, we are to handle these situations. He talks about the world's way of handling stress - through the steady increase in pharmaceutical medications to handle anxiety, versus God's way to handle anxiety - by turning our focus on Him!
Dr Jeremiah writes:
"If we are going to live courageous lives in these chaotic days, we will need to be calm in our hearts, compassionate towards others, constructive in our relationships, challenged to grow, connected to the church. We were created to live in community, not in isolation."
Dr Jeremiah gives constructive tips on how to stay focused on the Lord to help to combat the evils of this world. He also teaches us to stay focused on others - even in the midst of hardship.
He writes:
"Have you stopped and considered that the real purpose of your struggles, at a given moment, might be the heart of compassion God is building within you? Smooth sailing doesn't develop such a thing, you know. Trials develop our humility, and humility opens our eyes to the needs of others. If we look to do His service during tough times, we will come out better rather than bitter."
He also writes:
" In times such as these we have to look somewhere for answers. The psychologist tells us to look within. The opportunist tells us to we should look around. The optimist tells us we should look ahead, and the pessimist tells us we should look out. But God says we should look up- even when we feel down."
Dr Jeremiah quotes from "Exploring Colossians and Philemon: An Expository Commentary" - John Phillips
A great book! One you will want to read again and again!
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Andrea said...

Great review!

Beginner said...

I totally agree with Dr Jeremiah. Adversity is what builds backbone and character. We all face our trial by fire but God through grace is the fire extinguisher.

RCUBEs said...

Hi sister. Just want to say hi to you. I haen't been reading any Christian books lately...Busy...But thank you for the great review. Praying all is well and remain strong in the Lord's mighty power. God bless.

Gayle said...

Great song/video. Love Mercy Me.