I’ve given up trying to keep on top of the Star Wars and Avengers franchises. I still watch the movies with my son, but I’m incapable of remembering the minor characters and plot details from six movies ago. Even when I enjoy the action on the screen, I feel certain I’m missing something.
When my dental hygienist started attending church recently, I wondered if that’s how she feels. Even for preachers and theologians, it’s a challenge to tie the individual passages and stories of Scripture to the overall plot. What hope is there for her?
Does God Really Like Me?: Discovering the God Who Wants to Be With Us is a helpful book both for people who are trying to learn the basics of Christianity and for those who already know the basics but feel disconnected from God. It addresses common questions—like “Does God love me?” or “Is this all there is to life?”—with the story of Scripture, inviting us to reimagine our lives in light of the answers.
“We’re convinced that everything changes when we believe God is glad to be with us,” write the authors, Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw, both of whom are pastors at Vineyard North Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Most of us seem to believe that God tolerates us, but we have a hard time believing he is truly glad to be with us.
The authors relate. They share stories of their struggles with matters like significance, worthiness, and identity. Cyd describes feeling insignificant as a new mother. Geoff admits that he’s naturally competitive, always measuring himself against others. We read about ...1
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