This book is for those living the fine Christian Life yet wondering if there is something more. That question struck Gunter some years ago. He had the typical view of God and Jesus, that God wanted him to have a good and happy life. But then a shift in his perception of Jesus began. Paying close attention to some troubling Scripture, he began to have a new understanding of God and what it meant to follow Jesus.
Gunter shares his experience of realizing that Jesus bids us come and die. Jesus is Lord to Whom we surrender. Jesus promises we will experience persecution. Jesus calls us to a path where we are not to love the things of this world. Gunter distinguishes this Way of Christ from the Christian Life of ease. The Way of Christ is one of self-denial, humility, and submission.
Gunter has some very good insights into why we Christians get caught up in the physical world, ignoring the spiritual realm. He includes his insights within the framework of the entire story of what God has done, is doing, and will do. I wish he had included more training in being aware of the spirit realm, such as listening to the Holy Spirit and living in the Spirit's power.
I appreciate Gunter's exploration of what Jesus meant when He said, “Follow Me.” This book is a good wake up call to Christians who are comfortable in their Christianity or complacent in their faith. It is a good challenge to enter into the untamed world, the world beyond our nicely managed lives, the Way of Christ.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Michael E Gunter is an independent author, a Christian for 36 years and a pastor for 20. He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He published his first book on the Christian life, A Life Not Wasted, with Gazelle Press in 2005. He is an electric guitarist and the author of six novels. He and his wife live in Virginia. Their son is in the Army and their daughter soon graduates from high school.
Michael E Gunter and The Untamed Group, 136 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.