We are surrounded by noise. Television, Internet, smart phones. We spend hours a day on noise. How much time do we spend on clarity, time devoted to things that change us, grow us, and draw us to be more like Christ?
is concerned. “The noise is focused on eroding the soul,” he
writes. (12) He wants each of us to become a Static Jedi – one who
masters the noise.
asks us to consider the time we spend on the noise and the reward we
receive from it. Is it worth it? What if we got up early to pray,
intentionally spent time with Jesus all day, and got back into the
Bible? Would it be worth the reward? “We need to love Jesus more
than the noise,” he argues. (43)
gives us two foundation points to stand on: God is a being Who wants
you to know Him personally, and He has no grandchildren (you must
know Him yourself). Using the example of Jesus as the Static Master,
Eric suggests five keys: rise early, withdraw, memorize God's Word,
fast, and disciple. “The Static Master rose early, withdrew for
prayer, knew the Word, fasted, and chose and nurtured disciples. Go
and do the same.” (135)
points out that becoming a Static Master is a never ending process
but to kick start it he suggests a challenge. Stand on the two
foundation stones and practice the five keys for a week. The goal is
to live completely free of our noise (cell phone, Internet –
anything with a battery). “Are we made of noise, or are we becoming
more like Jesus?” he asks. (99)
longs to see a movement of Christ followers, “rise above fast and
easy microwave Christianity with a decompartmentalized, committed
life that makes Jesus a part of every moment.” (144)
and young adults would like this book, I think. Eric has an intense
and choppy feel to his writing that would appeal to young people. He
has included questions at the end of each chapter, some for personal
reflection and others for group discussion. This would make a great
study for a teen or career age discussion group.
keep coming back to the question Eric asks, “Are we made of noise,
or are we becoming more like Jesus?” Which are you?
a challenging book trailer here.
Samuel Timm is an author, artist and the founder of the ministry
No One Underground and the nonprofit Painting Hope. He speaks and
paints and is highly sought after for his ability to creatively
present messages from God's Word in various environments. You can
find out more about him and his ministry at NoOneUnderground.com,
NOUstore.com, and on various social media @ericsamueltimm.
(Charisma House Book Group), 211 pages.
received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the
purpose of this review.