Friday, March 8, 2013
The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child - R.C. Sproul Jr.
This book was such a joy to read. These Reformed authors (Piper, Platt, Sproul) sure do know how to convict you with their writing while encouraging you to grow in Christ. In The Call to Wonder: Loving God Like a Child, R.C. Sproul calls us not to just love God, but to know Him. Many of us can say we love God, but I wonder at times how many would actually deign to say that they know God. Of course we can not fully understand His sovereignty, but the miracle of Christianity is that not only can we know Him, but that He wants us to know Him!
I've had this book for awhile and was just now able to read it. Between the time that I received this book and actually read it my life has changed tremendously. I've had a beautiful baby daughter, survived 2 months of bed rest with a toddler, my husband changed jobs, two separate friends both experienced heartache with the loss of a son and the diagnosis of cancer. I've even struggled with a little bit of post partum anxiety. And through it all God has quietly been encouraging me to rest in Him, to trust Him despite the circumstances that have tried to blow my faith away like dandelion puffs. So I picked up this book, decided to read it so I could finally get back to my book reviews that I love so much, and only God could have known how this book would move me into His arms. With faith and wonder like a child, just as the author describes.
One section in The Call to Wonder really stuck with me. Sproul's daughter was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, and his father called to ask how he was handling the grim news. Sproul Jr. replied, "Dad, I have been preparing for this moment my entire life. There is no faith on the planet that more strongly affirms the sovereignty of God than the Christian faith. We know this did not catch God by surprise. We know that Shannon, Denise, and I all rest in His loving hands. We will, by His grace and in His power, be able to manage." Wow. This is knowing God. This is the kind of faith that the author calls us to experience throughout the book. I would recommend this read to any Christian who is looking for encouragement to renew the joy and wonder of their walk with Christ. I came away with a desire to please God, an eagerness to take Him at His word and revel in his majesty. The Call to Wonder: Loving God like a Child, opened my eyes to what Jesus meant in Matthew 18:3. I encourage you to discover it as well.
Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.