I am finding difficulty reading it. The coffee stains are already bad enough that I won’t be able to give my copy away and the fluorescent orange highlights would indicate stops and starts that indeed added to the aforementioned coffee stains.
My difficulty is a good one, you have some one-liners that literally make me put the book down, look out the window and hold my breath. Almost as if I am letting something go that has held me back. I am so encouraged to read what I have felt in my gut and the “letting go” has nothing to do with the system but in my hope that a system, any system, would or could incubate or sustain LIFE.
So, page 68 you wrote, “I was caught between two world-the self-effort of performance based religion and the new creation growing inside of me. I didn’t know it at the time, but the two are incompatible.” How gut wrenchingly true that is. How hard it is to come to that reality if your hope has been in a Sunday system or for that matter, a teacher, preacher or anything man-made. It is still something that is sorting out in my heart. Best put by you, “learning to live alongside Jesus in the new creation.” Thank you for writing this book. I see the years of your sweat and tears that have gone into “finding church”. I believe, in another sense, we are finding Jesus, our life. Thank you for helping peel back the curtain of the Father’s love. Gosh, I wish you could see what was going on inside this heart of mine.
I love the pictures people are sending me showing where they are reading Finding Church. With apologies to Dr. Suess, it appears…
You can read it while you work out,
You can read it while you zone out.
You can read it in the air,
You can read it everywhere.
(Obviously we still have some artwork to fill in!)