Closer Than Close

August 16, 2018

How many times have you heard someone say, “I want to be close to God,” or “I feel far from Jesus?” For many of us, we have been led to believe that our relationship with Jesus is based on proximity—a sliding scale of “near” or “far” based on the faithfulness of our spiritual devotion.

But what if being “close” to you isn’t good enough for Jesus? What if he wants to be closer than close? Instead of simply having a “personal relationship” with you, what if Jesus longs to be “perfectly one” with you instead?

This book for me was a tough read, for one, it is steeped in the Trinitarian view, which I am emphatically against. I am Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal, so having to dig through this book so heavy in this teaching was a challenge.

Despite that, I agree that there is more to having a relationship with God than just going to church and reading your Bible. You must allow Him to be deep within you and an intricate part of your life. 

What I do like about the book was that it was very understandable and rich in scripture. There were also discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help further get you thinking which is always enjoyable. 

If you would like a closer walk with Jesus, the best book to read is obviously the Bible, but this would be a nice accompaniment if you don't mind the doctrinal influences.  

The publishers description is this: In this achingly bold and beautiful book, pastor, scholar, friend, and now author, Dave Hickman, invites you into his personal journey from striving to abiding, anxiety to peace, weariness to rest; from having a relationship with Jesus to awakening to the freedom of his union with Christ. Through careful attention to Scripture, personal stories, and everyday examples, join Dave as he guides you into the depths of the mystery of your personal and corporate union with Christ. In doing so, you, too, can awaken to the wonder and freedom that is already yours in Christ. 

**I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review

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