12/03/2007

Dangerously Surrendered

I recently purchased and read Kay Warren’s new book, and I must confess I am impressed. Take everything that Rick Warren has ever written and place it on one hand. Take Kay Warren’s book onto your other hand. You will instantly fell the greater weight on the book Kay has composed.

Is it perfect? No book written by mere men / women ever is. We always lack the spark of the divine. Kay cites several authors I have never heard of, and these may bother me after I find out more about them. But those things should not take away from the force of this book.

Here’s a sample:

We are such wimps – really, we are. Living in a sophisticated developed country where life is full of comfort and conveniences has weakened our character and our resolve. We often look for the easy way out of challenging situations and even pride ourselves on doing the minimum required – just enough to get by. Discipline, sacrifice, cost – these are not popular concepts.

When was the last time you read a magazine article on how to grow in self-sacrifice? About the only time we’re willing to be self-disciplined or sacrificial or to pay a price is when it has a personal benefit to ourselves – when it helps us achieve a goal that matters to us. We keep hoping we can get something for nothing. We cling to the
fantasy that following Jesus won’t cost us anything.

Not so!

– Kay Warren, Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes to God, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2007, p. 200.


She raises a clear challenge to all of us who have become complacent in our riches and slothful in our engagement of those suffering around us.

May God use this book to turn many to praise His name.

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