Stop negotiating with God and partner with him instead

11 Mar

When you then GodBook Review: When you, Then God: 7 things God is waiting to do in your life, by Rusty George with Michael Defazio

Do you view the spiritual life as a negotiation with God? “God, if you do this …, then I will do this … If you give me this … then I will give you this …” If that is your mindset, then you approach God’s teachings as transactions to be negotiated rather than promised blessings to be enjoyed. With this approach, we either tend to view God’s instructions as legalistic, “Thou shalt not,” or as laws to ignore, “Never mind.”

In contrast, pastor and author Rusty George presents the idea that God wants to be in partnership with us. He offers incredible blessings to us, but he is waiting for us to take the first step. That is the premise in the author’s when/then approach to the Christian life.

In the book, the author presents seven blessings that God is waiting to give us:

  • When you trust God’s love, then God will invite you to partner with him.
  • When you walk with Jesus, then God will help you look like Jesus.
  • When you relax, then God will guide you.
  • When you notice God, then God will reveal his presence.
  • When you invest in God’s kingdom, then God will invest in yours.
  • When you show kindness to others, then God will show them grace.
  • When you place your hope in God, then God will give you hope.

Like most books, this one has its strong and weak points. The book is very biblical and readable. The author weaves in practical applications and stories about his family and ministry. It is an enjoyable book to read. On the surface, the chapter titles come across as a “name-it-and-claim-it” approach to prosperity theology. The author goes out of his way to dispel that notion and present what Scripture really teaches.

The primary weakness of the book is that the author does a better job of explaining the “when” side of his equations. He spells out what God expects of us and how we should live. It wasn’t until the second half of the book when the author got to the chapter on finances, “When you invest in God’s kingdom, then God will invest in yours,” that he gives examples of “Then” and what God might do. The first half of the book didn’t really explain or give enough examples of how God wants to bless us in these areas. The book could have been stronger and more helpful if this were addressed.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Books, Theology


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