Monday, December 1, 2014

Life with a Capital L by Matt Heard

About the Book:

“Matt Heard writes winsomely and compellingly, answering that quiet aching so many people – yes, even Christians – have that there must be more to life…. I highly recommend Life With a Capital L!” - Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
What is it that you long for? Dream about?  Hunger after?

We all desire more than just the endurance of our daily routines. But often we feel limited and stuck — like we’re merely existing instead of living.

That’s not the way it was meant to be. God intends the humanity in each of us to be deeply experienced, lavishly enjoyed, and exuberantly celebrated. In fact this is what the gospel is all about.

Yes, the gospel. Contrary to conventional thinking — inside and outside the church — following Jesus is not about denying our humanness but embracing it. Rather than acting more spiritual or being more religious, we’re called and enabled to become more fully human…  and alive.

Matt Heard escorts us on a journey of discovery: that Jesus didn’t come to save us from our humanity — Christ instead yearns to restore it to what God originally intended. Matt then explores ten key areas where everyday life can become extraordinary Life.  

Christ promised we could “live life to the full.” He didn’t just mean eventually.

Life with a Capital L is the Life you are longing for. Now.

Most of the people I know aren't living, much less thriving. They are most likely surviving. But Matt Heard believes that believers can and should Live..."Life with a Capital L". 

He opens by describing a painting entitled "There is life everywhere" and expounding on the artist's imagery. Matt moves on to build his case for Life with two Scriptures. I Peter 1:18 which tells us we've been rescued from an empty life, and John 10:10 which tells us Jesus came to give us Life more abundantly. 

The book is divided into two parts, with the first section dedicated to making a point and the second section showing how to achieve Life. I'm normally not a fan of books with lists, but this time it makes sense and Matt describes each point on the list fully and with beauty. 

Of course, my favorite is his chapter on "Heaven"! 

"Life with a Capital L" is part intellectual argument and part storytelling with a point. You'll find a lot of quotes and references to well known authors, stories, and Scriptures. All blend perfectly to craft an intense, deep discourse illustrated by story. 

My thanks to my friends at Blogging For Books for my copy in exchange for an honest review. "Life with a Capital L" makes me want to Live more abundantly, and I think it will do the same for you.

Happy Reading!



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