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“Revise Us Again” by Frank Viola

Are we living by the script of Jesus Christ, or have we strayed from the script given to us by God? In “Revise Us Again”, Frank Viola points out some of the problems that he sees in the script, by which, many modern Christians are living. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of this book. Adam Verner is the narrator. He narrated the book well and had an enjoyable voice. The book was quite short and I was able to listen to it several times.

In my opinion, the major issue in this book is overcoming the differences that separate us as Christians. These differences have formed denominations and have hindered unity. Two of the differences mentioned in the book are: how God speaks through us and our spiritual conversation styles. If only we saw that many of our differences are given to us by God and reveal to us a fuller image of Christ. Other differences, the ones that are born of ourselves, should be laid aside if they hinder unity. Unfortunately, we are too focused on ourselves and not focused on Christ and His eternal purpose. If we were, we would be united in Him. Lets embrace our differences as Christians and learn to see Christ in others that are different from ourselves.

In my opinion the last chapter of the book is the most important. This chapter describes three gospels that people believe in. These three gospels are: libertinism, legalism, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Libertinism is attractive to the flesh, because you are free to sin. Legalism is attractive to the will, because it is your will accomplishing the work. Neither libertinism, nor legalism, are real gospels. Instead, they are false gospels. The true gospel, which the apostle Paul preached, is Christ. He is the narrow path, our highway of holiness.

The chapter on the dark night, was one that I wish I had read before I experienced it. This is a time when it seems as if God has walked off the stage. The dark night is like removing the spiritual training wheels. When you are reliant on the felt presence of God, He removes that feeling of His presence, and it can be world-shattering. We must keep faith in Him, even when we can’t feel His presence.

I enjoyed “Revise Us Again”. Not everything in the book moved me, but I think there is something in it for everybody. I am sure that, if you read it with an open mind, you will learn something from this book.

I received this book free from christianaudio.com through the christianaudio Reviewers program.

The Dark Night of the Soul Revisited

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I have gone through the dark night of the soul previously. Unfortunately, it never seems to be any easier. It is the reason that I have not written on this blog recently. I have nothing from God to write. The dark night of the soul is a time that God seems distant, even unreachable. It is like He is hidden behind a veil, and His light does not shine upon you. I know that He is there and is taking care of me, but He does not show Himself to me. Fortunately, there are brief moments where His light shines upon me and I am encouraged to carry on. These are times of growth. After these dark times, His light seems to shine brighter. I look forward to walking in His light again, when He has decided that I have walked through the night enough.

The Dark Night of the Soul

I wish that every Christian would read The Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross. In my own experience, when I first tried to read The Dark Night of the Soul, I got bored very quickly. When I went through a dark night of the soul, I found myself unable to bring myself to read it. I lacked the energy or the will to read it. Since I have come out the other side of this dark night, I have found the book very interesting. In hind sight, I wish that I had understood what I was going through in more depth. I hope that others will read it before their dark nights, so that the words therein, will be of assistance to them.

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