Revise Us Again calls us to revisit and return to God’s original script for living. Every person follows a script for living, a life-guide that offers cues for our behavior and direction for our choices. As believers, the Word of God gives us a script for experiencing life as God intended. Yet our scripts are often distorted by our environment, our culture, and our religious traditions. As a result, all of us are in constant need of revising the scripts that we live by.
Author Frank Viola believes we need to revisit and revise what it means to live the Christian life. Drawing from his rich background in ministry, Viola shares how believers can benefit from rescripting their lives in ten key areas. Written in a conversational tone and filled with practical insights, Revise Us Again is ideal for any reader who longs to follow God’s original script for living.
- Helpful for every Christian
'Every person, and every Christian in particular, is charged with reviewing his or her life script regularly and with allowing the words of this book to infiltrate everyday thinking.'
J.E. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine.
- sounds like the author
Read by Adam Verner, Frank Viola's newest book, "Revise Us Again," focuses on how to live according to the Christian script, as if we are all part of the great drama of life, like Shakespeare once suggested.Viola's text encourages readers to continually compare their lives with Scripture, and revise our paths, as necessary, to stay on track with where G-d wants us. Verner narrates with a smooth confidence, yet is shy on proper intonation.
+5 for renowned theologian author
+3 for content of book
+2 for dictation of narrator
-4 for monotone presentation
SG recommends the book and audio edition as well.
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- Revising Christian Language
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café (jacobscafe.blogspot.com).
There has been a lot of talk in Protestant Christianity lately about continued reformation. And many people and sects of course argue that they are being true to the apostolic church (assuming there was a monolithic idea of such an organization). The more progressive people often attack the conservative evangelicals on being too narrow with their definition of the Gospel. In contrast, fundamentalists criticize liberals as being unbiblical and therefore heretical.
Frank Viola recently released his newest book, Revise Us Again, exploring ideas of what a modern revision of the Church would look like. While no one book can really tackle all of the ways we need to be continually reformed, Viola does a nice job of not really getting into the endless debated details. Not that those issues are not important.
However, as a psychologist, I have come to value the role of the process of communication. Content is was is being said, while process refers to not just how things are being said, but the emotional aspects involved in the conversation. Usually, the process is really what is at stake when there is conflict, not the content itself.
Viola spends more time examining the process of current Christian dialogue. He nicely notes that people have different communication styles that either allow two sides to communicate effectively or to not understand one another at all. The goal, of course, would be to notice one's own style and that of the person with whom they are communicating and then attempt to adjust the style in order to effectively engage one another.
Some of the problem I see is that what he simply calls communication styles are more than just a style. I think they actually reflect paradigms or world views that are expressed in different language. I'm planning on writing another blog post specifically exploring these points in his book. Nevertheless, I found the three styles he presented (charismatic, quoter, and pragmatist) quite compelling and accurate depictions of how various groups communicate.
Ultimately, Viola does a good job of providing logical and biblical evidence for a reasonable faith, both in doctrine and practice. While at times simplistic, it is also written in a way that makes it accessible to a very wide audience.
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- Funny but Poignant
I really enjoyed this excellent audio by Frank Viola. As I do like his writing, this was a pleasure to listen to.
I liked the was it started with a very tongue in cheek look at the way Christians see the world through their religious lens. This had me laughing out loud and was a great way to start the topic of revising the way we live our Christian lives.
Adam Verner is the perfect narrator for this audio, as I could almost see the twinkle in his eye sometimes as he was reading.
I think you will enjoy this audio if you feel stuck in a rut with your spiritual life and want a breath of fresh air. However, if you are comfortable with where you are on your journey with God, steer clear as you may be offended, and that is definitely not the point of this audio.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewers Program for this copy.
- What script are you living by?
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.