Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Glorious Dark: A Book Review

About The Book:

On Thursday as they ate the Passover meal with Jesus, the disciples believed that the kingdom was coming and they were on the front end of a revolution. Then came the tragedy of Friday and the silence of Saturday. They ran. They doubted. They despaired. From their perspective, all was lost.

Yet, within the grave, God's power was still flowing like a mighty river beneath the ice of winter. And then there was Sunday morning. 

Real, raw, and achingly honest, A Glorious Dark meets us right in those uncomfortable moments when our beliefs about the world don't match up with reality. Tackling tough questions like Why is faith so hard? Why do I doubt? Why does God allow me to suffer? and Is God really with me in the midst of my pain? A. J. Swoboda invites us to develop a faith that embraces the tension between what we believe and what we experience, showing that it is in the very tension we seek to eliminate that God meets us.

You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Author:

A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. A. J. started and serves Theophilus Church in urban Portland. He is the author of Messy and is the coauthor of Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.

My Review:

This is the first that i have read of A.J. Swoboda's work and it was well worth it! It was an honest, raw look at Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday and how it impacts our walk as Christians. I made a lot of notes, highlights and marks and will definitely go back and read this book again as there was so much to absorb! He combined personal stories, with theology in a well-written manner that really allowed me to understand Holy Week at a deeper level. An overall great read.

I give this book a huge thumbs up and highly recommend it!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Glorious Dark at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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