Book Review ~ Mansions of the Heart

>I devoured, er, read this book given me by a great friend. I must say, the description of this book does not do it justice for I by-passed it because it sounded uninteresting, and had it not been for Robin suggesting that we read this together and then discuss it throughout, I never would’ve read it–even if the cover caught my eye more than once on the B&N bookshelf.

This book contains a TON of content, but the writing and communication is so superb that it was simple to read and the ideas were easy to grasp. Furthermore, I felt like I was attending a workshop at some points because it felt like I was reading a conversation.

Kudos, to Mr. Ashbrook on achieving such a wonderful dynamic!

On a side-note: I’ve read a few books in recent months where, although the content was sound, the editing was atrocious, and I ended up disappointed at the lack of spelling and grammatical precision. (As I have no editing staff behind me here on this blog, please, I beg of you, forgive my grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. If you would be so kind, however, point them out to me and I will gladly correct them.) Anyhow, I can only think of two overlooked errors in this entire book–not too bad, considering.

Personally, Mansions was timely. I’ve been bemoaning the modern church and all her programs and systems for almost two years now and felt I was either preaching to the choir or to those who were completely uninterested. My conversations for more seemed to be hitting a lot of walls. I’ve been trying to dig deeper in my faith and my relationship with the Almighty and have been at a loss where to turn. I’ve been trying to rectify my calling with the Caller, the vision with the Voice.

Mansions made it clear. I have a better understanding of this period of transition and the growth that is taking place in my life even though some of it seems anything but growth. I also have a somewhat coherent plan of what I can do to participate in further growth and maybe alleviate the some of the confusion and frustration of not knowing what was really taking place inside my heart.

I recommend many books to many people–that’s what happens when a person reads A LOT–but I recommend this book to EVERYONE who considers himself or herself on a spiritual journey with Jesus. Every single person can glean something from the wisdom within the pages and I believe it will clarify a great many things to a great many people.

On the “Emergent” front–if you consider yourself Emergent or know anyone who considers herself as such, buy this book, give it as a gift, pass it along. It might fill in some of the gaps of why there is such a movement and how to help those in transition.

If you’ve read this book or do so in the future, would you please comment your thoughts or opinions as a result? I appreciate it, and hope you enjoy(ed) it as much as I!

Happy reading.

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