**CONGRATULATIONS to Diane E, the book giveaway winner!)
Have you ever thought that following Christ could be an exciting adventure? Rebecca Friedlander’s wonderful book, The Divine Adventure, tells readers just how they can live that engaging life. The BlogAbout Blogger Network sent me a copy of this book, plus an additional one that I’ll be giving away to one reader!
Rebecca Friedlander is both an author and a film producer. She is also active in the arts and has led ministry with music, in prayer, and via her books. She is also committed to living a rich and full life as a Christ-follower, and she’s written The Divine Adventure: Spiritual Practices for a Modern-Day Disciple so that readers can engage in that life as well.
About the book
In The Divine Adventure, Friedlander discusses, through 12 chapters, the practices that we can develop in our own relationships with God. They include:
- Reading the Bible
- Obedience, giving, and rest
- Engaging in community
- And more
In each chapter, she develops one idea, explains the reasoning and the Scriptures behind the practices, and shares her own (and others’) stories of how these enabled believers to grow closer to God. Even though some of her recommendations are surprising (like pilgrimage! or meekness??), the ideas and habits truly are those that will yield closeness to God and beauty in that relationship. They also will aid the reader in growth, whether it’s in faith or character. It’s a book that would be a wonderful gift for a new believer, for a seasoned one, or even for yourself!
My thoughts about The Divine Adventure
All of the spiritual practices that Rebecca Friedlander discusses in her book are habits that we can easily see would be great for someone who wants to grow closer to God. What’s wonderful about Rebecca’s style is that she presents each one of these in a winsome, engaging manner. Her voice is fresh and encouraging; her words never feel heavy-handed or discouraging, like “here is one more thing you need to do to live the Christian life.” Instead, the reader is delighted, and is drawn to ideas and thoughts that actually feel doable. I loved Rebecca’s stories, her use of Scripture to further explain each practice, and what always comes through as her reason for writing: so that readers can draw closer to the God that they, and Rebecca, love. Or that they want to love!
I was particularly struck by the author’s inclusion of “meekness” (quiet dignity, humility, not demanding that we are “right”) as an important choice and behavior. What a difference we can see in that as a response, rather than being quick to anger or argument! I also was captivated by the idea of “pilgrimage” as a Christian pursuit. I’ve read about this as a current-day practice, as in the Camino de Santiago in Europe, and one can even watch films about it (both fictional and non-fictional). Yet Rebecca speaks of it as a way for us to connect differently with God, to go on adventure with Him. And one doesn’t have to go all that distance to do it–although it would be amazing!
I loved The Divine Adventure so much. Really, the further that I read, the more I wanted to read; and I would have been happy if the book had kept going! Its last chapter, on worship, was the most wonderful of all, as it examines the many ways we can engage with God in worship. I’d recommend this book, with delight and joy, to anyone who’d like to live an adventure with God. It was a beautiful and rich read, and it made me want more with God, myself!
How to enter to win your own copy
I have one copy of The Divine Adventure to bless one reader with! To enter the giveaway, click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on July 29, 2021, and one reader will be selected to win. Best wishes!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Divine Adventure myself, plus an additional one to give away. All opinions are my own.