God without religion?
Andrew Farley’s experience as a Christian was first characterized by self-effort as he tried to please God at any cost. His ruthless religion resulted in spiritual fatigue and disillusionment with church. Only then did he discover what relaxing in Jesus means and how enjoying God’s intimate presence can transform everyday life. Using a story-driven format, God without Religion dismantles common religious misconceptions, revealing:
• a hopeful approach to what unites us rather than what divides us
• the true meaning of walking by the Spirit
• the facts about judgment, rewards, and God’s discipline
• the problem with the popular challenge to “die to self”
Pulling no punches, Andrew shows how the truth about these controversial issues can liberate and unify believers as we discover how to rest in the unconditional love of God.
- A Holy Lifestyle Feels Way Too Diminished Here
I love the extent to which God's love and grace is emphasized in this book and there are a few new things I learned throughout it. However, the extent to which Farley minimizes what our lives as Christians should look like bothers me.
There's just far too many passages you have to ignore or work around to say things to the extreme in which this book does. He presents many good points but this book seems to leave the mind of Christians open to this feeling that we can do whatever we want with our lives and it doesn't even matter because we're saved through faith.
So in reading this book, I have learned to trust in God's grace more than I do now, but I also want to be one who lives holy and righteous for God—and I don't feel like that's religion even if this book might make it appear that way.
Books that I find write better on God's extreme grace include anything from Brennan Manning or The Grace of God by Andy Stanley.