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Paperback Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Christ That Change Us Book

ISBN: 0875521991

ISBN13: 9780875521992

Through the Looking Glass: Reflections on Christ That Change Us

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This inspiring look at the many facets of Christ's splendor offers us the opportunity to become like Christ by focusing on him. Lundgaard draws on the teaching of John Owen in this fresh and moving portrayal of the glory of Christ.

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Excellent book for a group study

A small group I was meeting with used this book as part of a study and it was excellent! There were some who said they did not benefit as much in their personal reading and preparation with the book, but the group allowed us to examine it together and glean far more than we did alone. The questions at the end of each chapter serve to crystallize the glory of Christ in our minds. I also went through the original work ("The Glory of Christ") this book is based on by John Owen, and found it to be very consistent with that immense work. Mr. Lundgaard has taken Owen and made him approachable in this time, a worthy endeavor. My thanks for a good book I heartily recommend.

The 21st Century Puritan writes again

"If you're ever going to be renewed again, it will happen when you see His glory, Haven't we tried enough religious gimmicks to prop up our faith? Isn't it time we turn our eyes once again to the one who saved us, and let His beauty overwhelm us? What would the church be like if all of us kept the eyes of our faith fixed on the glory of the Lamb?"The above quotation from the book perhaps best sums up the author's motivation in writing it. As with his last book, The Enemy Within, this is a modern day re-working of some of the thoughts of John Owen, an English Puritan, this time on the subject of "gazing on Christ".Initially, this book didn't hit me as hard as the excellent "The Enemy Within" but I believe that this may be simply because the subject of that book (battling our sin nature) is one that we immediately recognise as important. Unfortunately, much of modern Western Christian spirituality can be so shallow at times that we don't appreciate quite as easily the importance of and benefit of simply reflecting on Christ. Indeed, we often approach God simply to work through our "shopping list" of me-centred prayers or to see if we can twist His arm to give His stamp of approval to our plans. Even in our better moments when we genuinely want God to reveal His plans for us, we often mistakenly assume that our activity in carrying them out may actually impress Him. We rarely come to Christ just to stand in awe of who He is and what He has done.Thankfully, Lundgaard, a former pastor and now a manager with Dell Computers, does an excellent job (with some help from Owen) of showing us how important and practical this exercise of gazing on Christ is. As he helps us to meditate on Christ's love, patience, suffering, wisdom, power etc, and see the glory in it all, he also shows us how understanding all this (i.e. just how glorious He is) proves a very practical aid in our everyday lives as Christians. When we realise how much He has done for us we can have confidence that He will not withhold any necessary grace to enable us to persevere in the faith. When we see His wisdom in carrying out His plans in history we can learn to trust Him more with our circumstances even when they appear baffling.One thing I like about Lundgaard's writing is that every now and again, usually in the middle of a passage on something quite familiar, he will come out with a profound gem of wisdom. One that springs to mind is how, in taking on humanity, Christ loved us in a way that God (the Father) couldn't, in that He was then able to die for us - something which God couldn't have done.The book is extremely well written and readable and could be read either devotionally or used for more in-depth study by making use of the reflection/questions section at the end of each chapter. It's also very good value for money, I can think of few ways of spending less than $10 and potentially benefiting your spiritual life so much.Hopefull
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