Breath is life. Many of us are not breathing deeply of God and therefore not living life in the fullness God desires for us. We might feel like we are gasping, just hanging on. Newton explores the concept of breath in the Bible and its relevance to our life in God.
Newton looks at several events in the Bible to explain the spiritual significance of breathing and its relation to our spiritual lives. His first event is God breathing life into Adam. I like how Newton relates that to our primary purpose of worshiping God. (24) Every breath we breathe is evidence of God's purpose for us. From the valley of dry bones we are encouraged to quit trying to do things our way and let God do His supernatural work.
I really liked Newton's teaching on Jesus breathing the Holy Spirit on the disciples. It is amazing that the power of the Holy Spirit is in believers now. Newton does a good job of challenging us to live every day realizing the very presence of God is within us.
Newton writes that the purpose of this book and the longing of his heart is to see believers submitting to God's divine initiative and purposes. He longs to see the dead come to life and the impossible happen. (44)
There is a good discussion guide at the back of the book so it would be a good one for personal or group study. You'll be challenged, as I was, to value the significance of breath and all it means to us spiritually and to breathe deeply of God.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Ed Newton is lead pastor of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. Raised by deaf parents, he was saved in high school and called to ministry when a senior. He holds a DMin in Pulpit Communications and a MDiv from Trinity Theological Seminary (Newburgh, IN) and a Masters in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Memphis, TN). He and his wife have four children and live in San Antonio, Texas. You can find out more at https://www.ednewton.com/ .
Worthy Books, 176 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)