Book Review: Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God, by Jeff Anderson
Each one of us longs to have a relationship with God. We want to connect with God in such a way that we feel his pleasure, sense his delight, and hear his divine applause. That is the premise that permeates Jeff Anderson’s latest book, Divine Applause: Secrets and Rewards of Walking with an Invisible God.
Using portions of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6, the author points out that God is looking for people who are looking for him. In fact, he gave us three secret ingredients to help us connect with an invisible God—prayer, fasting, and giving. He taught us to do these things in secret, and he promised that we would be rewarded.
Having a deeper relationship with God begins with seeing him in a different way. The author explores this idea in part 1 of the book. “Seeing differently involves seeing God’s delight in us, just as a loving Father hopes we will. Your Father is interested: He watches and is pleased with you.”
In part 2, the author suggests that we need to take some bold steps. “Taking bold steps involves living differently; giving in ways that get God involved, learning to hear God’s voice, praying with intensity and in ways that bring out the hunger in you.”
In part 3, Anderson explores keeping our focus on heaven as we walk with God. “Meanwhile God is at work as well. He’s helping you see your potential, charting your next steps, nudging you toward new experiences, offering reminders about tomorrow. When we live this way, the walk feels lighter. This leads to walking upwards and homeward.”
I think there are two words which describe Anderson’s approach to spiritual disciplines—real and ordinary. His approach is real. Through personal stories and illustrations, Anderson explains how he has practiced everything he presents. He points out what works and doesn’t work. Rather than employ an “It might work for him but it would never work for me” approach, you get the sense that a spiritual life is doable. His approach is also ordinary. He explains how it plays out in everyday, ordinary life.
A very encouraging book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.