Experiencing life as God intended it

28 Nov

Life with a capital LBook Review: Life with a capital L: Embracing your God-given humanity, by Matt Heard

Many people can quote Jesus’ statement in John 10:10b, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” However, very few know how to truly experience that abundant life. Jesus is talking about “doing life in a way that goes beyond what is normally experienced by human beings, but not beyond what was originally intended.” To experience this quality of life requires being fully human, that is, engaging “with life in both a physical and a spiritual way, and not just as two parallel, unrelated compartments.”

This is the premise that lies at the heart of Matt Heard’s new book, Life with a capital L: Embracing your God-given humanity. Life is not merely to be lived, but rather is to be deeply experienced, lavishly enjoyed, and exuberantly celebrated. As the author points out, that is what the gospel is all about.

In Part 1, the author discusses how to reclaim our humanity. He discusses how to get in touch with our desires and longings and what it means to be fully alive. In Part 2, he describes ten experiences of what a full, deep life is all about.

The deeper I got into the book, the more I enjoyed it. The author’s stories, examples, principles, and illustrations caused me to think and reflect. Rather than employing the typical trite phrases about spiritual formation and disciplines, the author takes us deeper into real life. I found his chapters on worship, brokenness, and heaven to be especially insightful and challenging. His chapter on worship explained that it’s not necessary to feel we need to have all the answers about God. Admitting, “I don’t know,” can be a liberating act of worship as we live in the mystery of God. The chapter on brokenness focused on how God uses painful experiences to teach us about himself and life. In the chapter on heaven, the author reminds us that in the midst of pain and brokenness, there can be Life as we keep our focus on seeing God face to face.

The author combines biblical principles with real life stories of success and failure to paint an accurate account of how to go deeper with God. While the book is easily read, it is worth slowing down to reflect and process the lessons.

I received this book for free from The Blogging for Books program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Books, Quotes, Scripture, Spiritual disciplines


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