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Stories for His Glory

The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper April 20, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:08 pm
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the very good


God once declared everything in the world “very good.”
Can you imagine it?
A Vision of Hope for a Broken World
Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like.
Shalom is when all people have enough.
It’s when families are healed.
It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.
Shalom is when the image of God is recognized in every single human.
Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every relationship.

What can we do to bring shalom to our nations, our communities, and our souls? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today, even after the Fall.

Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God’s vision remains: Wholeness for a hurting world. Peace for a fearful soul. Shalom.

My thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book. It was one of those book I thought was a different author then it was and I am glad I made that mistake. This book has meat to it. It’s not a feel good, fluffy read.

Lisa has depth and she carries that throughout her book. She touches on tough subjects, things we often don’t think about.

She isn’t afraid to address issues that we tend to gloss over. As an African-American she brings a much different perspective to things and sees things that I wouldn’t see.

She sprinkles her personal story throughout the book, which I always appreciate. She shares her hurts and struggles and how she had to find her own shalom with God.

I highly recommend this book as Lisa takes you from the beginning and the fall into God’s ultimate plan for redemption and peace.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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