Monday, December 20, 2010

Small Faith Great God by N.T. Wright

This is the second edition of N.T. Wright's early work. Small Faith Great God reads like a collection of sermons which, coincidentally isn't far from the truth.

Wright uses this book to explain that Christians do not need a greater faith or "more faith" but what they need to understand is that they have a faith in a great God.

He uses the illustration of a window that is used to see out and in which light beams into the darkness. This is what faith is. We shouldn't get caught up with how little our faith seems. Do we believe in the God of the Bible? That should be our focus.

This book is divided into 3 parts:

Faith in a Great God
Faith to Live and Love
Faith to Walk in the Dark

Each section builds on each other, which has become a staple of Wright's work.

In section 1, we hear about the kind of God in whom we have this faith. In section 2, we are encouraged in how to live out that faith. And in section 3 builds a stronger case for "what now?"

As this was the work of Wright earlier in his writings, I found these chapters to be easier to read and comprehend that his later books. If feels like I was reading his sermon outlines.

In the preface, he explains how some of his thinking has changed over the years and he points out a couple places in this book that this has happened.

Overall, I found this to be a refreshing look at our faith and the God in which it belongs.

If you are a fan of N.T. Wright, you will want to add this book to your shelf.
Small Faith--Great God

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by InterVarsity Press

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