I will stick to reading the Bible and praying as Jesus taught us to pray in the New Testament, and likewise with the contemplative spirituality/mysticism that this author purports is the pat to really know God.Some areas in particular that I had issues with in his ook are as follows: According to he author on page 20, " God promises if you and I shoul do life his way ( even though it feels unnatural and hard to us initially), then our lives should be beautiful " -Where in scripture does it say this??
He acknowledges that he ame so that could have life in all it 's fullness ( John 10:10), but I actually coul not use beautiful to describe it, nor is there a verse that supports Scazzero 's claim that God PROMISES ( my emphasis) a beautiful life if we do life His wayOn page 65 the author argues that to bothe God, you ust first know yourself.
Scazzero 's thinking is backwards and not Biblical.In chapter 4 the author also talks about how we ust go back in order to go forward as summed up in two ESSENTIAL biblical truths ( my emphasis)- " 1: the blessings and sins of our families going back two to three generation 's profoundly impact who we are today " I could not believe that this isan " essential biblical truth "- " 2: discipleship requires putting off the sinful patterns of our family of origin and relearning how to do life God 's way in God 's family " Scazzero further posits on page 95 that these key biblical ingredients are CENTRAL ( my emphasis) to our knowledg of what it eans to e a follower of Jesus.
Yes, it may be difficult to look at your family 's past, but to den that it is central to our nderstanding of what it eans to hav a follower of Jesus is assuming far too much.On page 108 Scazzero declares " His ( God 's) approval is without conditions ".
We must believe in Jesus, in order to be " approved of " and turne into his family.I had quite a few objections to raise in chapter 6 of the book.• First of all Scazzero incorrectly states on page 127 that the irst words uttered by Jesus in the new testament are from Matthew 5:3.
If he author will not properly state even this much, then how am I to trust the rest of his writing? • It is my opinion that th uthor is quite mystical-he promotes the " Jesus prayer " ( Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner), which in itself is not ad, but he writes that it has, " long been a foundation of the eastern Christian spirituality to help believers remain grounded and dependent on God throughout the day.
his sounds quite grounded in mysticism and very differen to what those in Roman Catholicism and orthodox churches do, the repeating of a prayer simply to focus is quite meditative and not how Jesus teaches us to pray in the New Testament.• Furthermore in this chapter, the author states on page 132 that " detachment is the great secret of interior peace ".
his is also not supported in the Bible.In chapter 9, on page 180, the author quotes Jean Vanier saying, " Love is, 'to fin the beauty of another person to themselves' " and ays that " Jesus did this that with each person he met ".
Love does not just mean to reveal the beauty of another person to themselves, it wil ofte be helping someone to see that they re hardly doing what they hould, telling the truth in love, for example.The author further states that, " out of our contemplative time with God, we, too, are asked to be prayerfully present to people, revealing their beauty to themselves " pg 180.
If we an go around and reveal people 's " beauty " to them, then how are they going to see that they need God? The author late states that " Jesus refused to separate the practice of the presence of God from the ractice of the presence of people.