Monday, November 16, 2015

Untamed by Jason Clark

The life of the Christian should be an untamed adventure, Clark writes. We are to break through the barriers and claim our birthright of wide open spaces.

Clark shares his own journey to experiencing that untamed life. He writes about his yearning for more, his disappointments and dreams dashed, and living in a spiritual wasteland. Living the untamed life begins when we believe God loves us. He writes about practicing obedience, telling our story, slaying giants, being relevant, and the tension of the God-given dream and faith.

I appreciated his teaching on the wilderness experience. This is the place where our relationship to the Father can be developed, he writes. He is honest about receiving revelation, reminding us that it takes time to work it out. Sometimes the pathway seems the opposite of what God has promised. Such testing is an essential part of the story.

Clark realizes the power of story. He tells his story and encourages us to tell ours as well. This is not a Bible study exploring the way to the unfettered Christian life. It is rather a good example of how to tell our own story so others see how God has led us to the place of untamed adventure. He does weave Scripture into the narrative so we can see how that is done too.

This is a good book for men as many of the adventures Clark describes are those men would enjoy, I think, much more so than women. It is an encouraging book, showing how God can work in our lives, even when we make a mess of things along our journey. It's one man's story of living an untamed life and redefining the paradigm of what ministry looks like. It is an encouragement for us to do the same.

Food for thought: “Our hearts are designed for wild worship... Our minds are designed to dream as big as the heart of God... Our bodies are designed for dangerous service...” (99)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Jason Clark is an author, speaker, singer/songwriter, and director of A Family Story. He and his wife live in North Carolina with their three children. You can find out more at www.jasonclarkis.com. You can find out more about the relational community of creatives at www.afamilystory.org.

Destiny Image, 240 pages.

I received a complimentary galley of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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