Saturday, February 6, 2016

Love Kindness ~ Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue book review

Thank you to Tyndale for allowing me to read and share my review of Love Kindness by Dr. Barry Corey

This book brings together faith and our current culture, a must read for all Christians. This book it not at all what I expected. When I think of the kindness virtue, I think of being nice to someone, but that is not at all what it means. It is much deeper and Dr. Corey, gives great examples of it. This book may convict you and challenge you, actually it opened my eyes to seeing some things differently. The main theme, is about having a firm center, with soft edges, which means sharing truth in a receivable way. 

Dr. Corey brings up Bible verse Matthew 10:40 Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. This verse is what his dad taught him growing up and he refers to it throughout the book. We need to make ourselves receivable, to remove the distance or the obstacles that keep others from seeing Jesus within us. We also have to remember Jesus never said we would be received by all, we will face rejection, but we are to "shake that dust off our feet". We live the way of kindness by being humble and authentic, whom we share kindness to they have the choice to receive or not to receive. The word kindness should not be mistaken for niceness, it is not timid. We need to have firm centers, grounded in truth, but we need to have soft edges to share that truth. We have to be open to let others receive. So the first part of kindness calls us to be receivable. Dr. Corey goes on to share more throughout the chapters in this book on the messiness of kindness, what humility looks like, how to disagree in kindness, the power kindness gives, how kindness calls us to see deeper, how to live kindness in this culture, how to journey in kindness, reaching out to others even if they reject us, kindness is others-centered, kindness might feel awkward, kindness is committed to both truth and grace. 

Dr. Corey shares what he feels this generation needs: a generation of Christians with deep convictions regarding what is true, grounded in Scripture. We need a generation of Christians courageous in their faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit. And we need a generation of Christians whose demeanor is civil, kind, and compassionate. The days of going it alone or fostering a spirit of competition need to give away to fresh partnerships and collaborations that stretch beyond our theological and denominational differences. To which is say AMEN! 

This book was hard to put down. Dr. Corey did a great job writing on what it means to live like Jesus in this world. I made lots of notes and hi-lights in this book!

From the publisher Tyndale:

Kindness is not what we have been taught it is. It isn’t a soft virtue, expressed only by sweet grandmothers or nice Boy Scouts. Kindness is neither timid nor frail. Instead, it is brave and daring, willing to be vulnerable with those with whom we disagree. It is the revolutionary way that Jesus himself called us to live. The way of selfless risks. The way of staggering hope. The way of authenticity.

Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, believes we tend to devalue the importance of kindness, opting instead for caustic expressions of certainty that push people away. We forget that the essence of what God requires of us is to “love kindness.” In this book, filled with stories from his travels around the globe, Barry shows us the forgotten way of kindness. It is a life that calls us to put ourselves at risk. A life that calls us to hope. A life of a firm center and soft edges. It is the life Christ invites us to follow, no matter what the cost.

March 15, 2016

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