Book Review: Beloved Dust

Book Review: Beloved Dust

_76_125_Book.1370.coverAbout the Book:

We were formed from the dust, but we were made for life with God. We often accept less. We make promises and set goals to try and grow, but holiness seems impossible. But the Christian life is not about looking or feeling like a Christian. It’s about abiding in God.

If communion with God is your goal, self-help strategies and personal resolutions will fail you. But Jesus Christ will not.

Drawing deeply from Scripture and narrating their own experiences, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel wrote this book to be a companion for your journey with Jesus in the truth of yourself – as his beloved dust. This is not weighing tasks and rewards, but is a process of patience, prayer, and openheartedness.

Prayerfully read this book. Prepare your heart for the gifts God has for you. Beloved Dust invites readers to discover the fundamental simplicity and radical transformation of being with God.

  “In BELOVED DUST, Kyle and Jamin tell us the truth about who we are and why we’re here in a way that will draw you closer to God.    Here is great wisdom on spiritual growth and friendship with God; written by two people whose friendship for each is evident—and who will become your friends before the end of the book.” – John Ortberg, author of Soul Keeping

In a culture of pop Christianity that serves a fast food gospel for consumers wanting drive-by spirituality, Goggin and Strobel defy expectations. Their book leads the reader on a slow, inward journey to discover the deeper hunger in their souls–a hunger for God himself. It is a beautiful and gracious exploration of prayer that everyone seeking a truer, deeper, and more authentic life with Christ should read. This book will draw you into a richer communion with God as it did for me, and that is the highest compliment I can possibly offer.”  -Skye Jethani, author of WITH and FUTUREVILLE.

 My Thoughts:

The title captivated me.  It’s a beautiful picture of who we are and how we are loved.  That picture of myself as Beloved Dust has been a sweet personal take away from this work.  I applaud the content of this book as far as I read it, but I must say that I found it a very dry read.  I had trouble staying engaged and chose not to finish the book at this time.  Everyone has style preferences and the writing style didn’t connect with me personally, but I know others who have found the work deeply riveting so I recommend you try the “look inside” feature on Amazon and see if it resonates with you.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

(I also bought the e-book.)