His Kingdom Come {Book Review}

edited by Jim Stier, Richlyn Poor, and Lisa Orvis
Jesus’ final words to his disciples ring down through the ages: preach the gospel to every individual and disciple every nation. Preach the gospel? Got it, but what does it mean to disciple the nations? Do I preach or teach? To individuals or groups of people? What exactly does Jesus want me to do?

Come explore these questions through Scripture, history, and the ideas and experiences of those who are actively engaged in discipling nations. You’ll discover that God’s kingdom comes in and through many ministries, vocations, and locations – from university campuses to developing regions, in kitchens and boardrooms, through government, journalism, and the arts. All followers of Christ are needed to bring God’s grace and truth to individuals, cultures and nations today and to do the works God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jesus’ words are for each of us, wherever we are and whatever God has gifted us to do. What does it look like for you and for the body of Christ worldwide? How can we respond passionately and creatively to the call of God to see every person and every nation transformed?
My Thoughts:
I need to be honest and let you know that I am not done reading His Kingdom Come, but my family will be traveling soon and I did not want to wait until the summer to let you know about this gem! I have skimmed much of the content, looked for ideas that I needed, and read slowly from the beginning. Slowly, because some of the ideas are new to me and so profoundly beautiful that I need the time to slow down to take it in. I especially have loved the first two chapters which are all marked up with underlines and notes in the margin.  It is worth getting the book for just those chapters!
I think anyone with a heart for missions should obtain this book. His Kingdom Come is split into five parts including: “What the Bible Says”, “History of Discipling Nations”, “Philosophy of Ministry”, and “Strategy”. Each of these sections is broken into chapter by different authors which brings an interesting change of flow between the writings.
My plan is to keep at this book in a studious manner. I have even considered teaching some of the content for it to really sink in. 
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore {Review}

0310325587I sighed setting down Global Soccer Mom by Shayne Moore. I knew what she meant when she wrote, “..and pretend to care about potty training, what sports team the kids did or did not make, and manicures.” (pg.46) Finishing the third chapter reminded me of being in my tiny Florida living room with some women chatting about thread count of sheets. They were talking and I was listening because I could not have cared less. 

As I read about Shayne’s heart breaking for the extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa and her coming to terms with the fact that not everyone around her felt the same way. I could relate. It gave words and a story to what I remember feeling and wondering about. My life was not the same as the moms and women around me. I was not collecting things (except books) nor decorating a home because our goal was to sell everything and move to South America. I felt like an outsider at times. Perhaps you understand that feeling too.

As I moved through Shayne’s stories, I was in awe at the ways God compelled her towards and into some really big situations. I will admit that her quest toward helping in global social justice at times looked pretty glamorous; I was not feeling sorry for her sacrifice much of the book. At the same time, it shows what one woman can do when her heart is stirred and sometimes that ends up looking very different then we imagine. She weaves beautiful memories that make moms want to do more and watch for opportunities to get involved themselves.

Maybe God is moving your heart to join the ranks of moms doing missional acts big and small. If you are interested specifically in social justice issues, this book is full of statistics and ideas to help you get started. It was an inspiring read.

What is one thing you can do this week to live missionally and start following your passion?  {Read Danielle’s journey to following her passion posted last week.}

This book was given to me by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I do not endorse all the resources mentioned in her book.