Thursday, March 19, 2015

Beloved Dust by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel

About the Book
Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel provide a path to abiding with God.
We were formed from the dust, but we were made for life with God. We often accept less. We make promises and set goals to try and grow, but holiness seems impossible. But the Christian life is not about looking or feeling like a Christian. It’s about abiding in God.
If communion with God is your goal, self-help strategies and personal resolutions will fail you. But Jesus Christ will not.
Drawing deeply from Scripture and narrating their own experiences, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel wrote this book to be a companion for your journey with Jesus in the truth of yourself – as his beloved dust. This is not weighing tasks and rewards, but is a process of patience, prayer, and openheartedness.

Prayerfully read this book. Prepare your heart for the gifts God has for you. Beloved Dust invites readers to discover the fundamental simplicity and radical transformation of being with God.

My Thoughts
This book took me forever to read, but not for the reasons you'd normally think. This book wasn't slow or boring on the contrary this might just be one of the most amazing books I've ever read and I truly believe it changed my life. The sole reason that it took me such a long time to finish this book was that I kept getting writer's cramp from writing down the quotes that impacted me. By the time I had finished I had seventeen pages of quotes that I know I will be looking over many times.

Having been a Christian for almost all of my life, a lot of non-fiction books are filled with stuff that I have heard time and again. Not that I think those things shouldn't be written, but for me I tend to get a little bored when reading them. The same could not be said of Beloved Dust, it shook me awake and made me reevaluate the way I was viewing God and how I was spending time with him, and also made me look at prayer in a whole new light. I honestly believe every Christian should read this book, you won't be the same.

Meet the Authors
Jamin Goggin serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. He holds an MA in Spiritual Formation and and an MA in New Testament from Talbot School of Theology and is currently earning a PhD in Theology. He lives in Orange County, California.

Kyle Strobel serves as an assistant professor of Spiritual Theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and speaks broadly on spiritual formation, theology and the life of the church. Kyle holds a BA in Biblical Studies, master’s degrees in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics as well as New Testament Studies, and a PhD in Systematic Theology. He lives in Fullerton, California.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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