Saturday, March 7, 2015

Life With a Capital L by Matt Heard

Life with a capital L by Matt Heard is a book that recommends
we take Jesus at His Word when He said in John 10:10, "I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance." If you are looking for prosperity gospel, 'Name It and Claim It', positive affirmation or any of the other popular messages being handed out in today's Americanized gospel, the is NOT the book you are want. Nor is a book for those who piously gather in a 'holy huddle', afraid to become involved with the culture around them and more condemning than loving when others do not fall within the boundaries. Refreshingly, the message of this book is to embrace the life you have now and take the time to enjoy it.

Heard drew me into his story with a description of seeing the painting There is Life Everywhere by Nikolai Yaroshenko . The painting is of 5 people on a prisoner train who are observing Life around them, even feeding birds outside the barred window. They are engaging in Life despite their imprisonment. A shadowy figure of their guard, who has his back to what is happening, is a poignant statement of those who hide away. His freedom is shackled mentally, just as the prisoners are physically. Heard almost missed seeing this powerful painting due to his own hurry and the impact it had made him slow down and reflect.

This is not a step-by-step manual, but an embracing of lessons learned and examples of how they were learned. Filled with anecdotal material, it is like sitting down with a friend to reminisce about experiences, many humorous, and the lessons learned. In Part One, he encourages the reader to Reclaim Our Humanity, and in Part Two, Matt explores 10 Experiences of Life with a Capital L.
Well worth the read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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