Everyone, Christians included, knows what it’s like to feel isolated and alone. We’ve all wondered if anyone really understands us or truly cares about our lives. The good news is that we aren’t alone, and the gospel tells us why: Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth to be forever united with his people—to be one of us. In fact, he has so united himself with us that the Bible says we are literally “in” him. Far from being alone and lost, the Incarnation changes everything for the Christian. Writing with everyday readers in mind, Elyse Fitzpatrick fleshes out the practical implications of our union with Christ and gives us confidence that we are not alone in this approachable and applicable devotional book.
- So good
This book gave me a clearer perspective of WHO Jesus Christ really is. I wish I had learned this years ago when I was a new believer. Excellent for everybody.
- A good overview of the importance of the incarnation and union with Christ
Union with Christ is a theological idea that has tended to not get a great deal of attention in the past. That’s unfortunate because its an idea that appears quite often in the New Testament and one that has big implications for how we relate to God. Thankfully that neglect is starting to be rectified. In addition to a number of academic level works, Rory Shiner published a brilliant book about it earlier this year, Desiring God has announced a conference on the topic and Elyse Fitzpatrick has recently released an good book on the topic called “Found In Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ”
Found In Him takes the really helpful approach of looking at union with Christ together with an in-depth look at the incarnation and humanity of Christ. This section on its own is helpful because it unpacks a lot of why it matters that Jesus lived as fully human for so long rather than just dashing down out of heaven briefly to save us. In the context of this book it was especially helpful because it also served to set a good foundation for the discussions in the second half of the book on union with Christ. The second section provided a reasonably clear explanation of the union with Christ, although I felt bordered on overusing the metaphor of marriage. The book made a strong close with an explanation of how our effort and being good relates to the ideas in the book.
The book was well structured and clear enough to follow. However, I found the writing style didn’t quite work for me. The writing was often a bit more over descriptive and slow to get to the point than I would have preferred. Don’t let that put you off reading it though- you may find the style works well for you.
Overall verdict: Recommended. It would do all Christians a lot of good to ponder the truths laid out in this book.
- Brilliant book!!
If you only read 1 Christian book this year - make it this one!
If you don't fully understand what it means to be clothed in Christ - read this book!
If you are finding it hard to work out what all those crazy Christians are going on about - read this book.
If you want to know what you need to do to get to heaven when you die - read this book, especially chapter 10!
If you are looking for an awesome Christmas present - get them this book!
Another gospel saturated, Christ centered book by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - but especially for Christian women, and the book has a feminine feel to it. That doesn't mean that blokes like me cannot benefit greatly by reading and applying what is said in these pages.