Book Review: A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith, by Brandon Hatmaker
Brandon Hatmaker has a written a book for those who desire “more” from life and faith. His conviction is that far too often we settle for a shallow religion that survives from event to event and program to program. A deeper faith is rooted in going deeper in our understanding of God and his word, in our relationships by sharing our struggles, and in our spirit. We need to avoid the performance trap where we function like a hamster in a wheel, spinning madly but only spreading ourselves thin.
In the first half of the book, he addresses “the gospel in us.” He provides a bigger and broader view of the gospel, a better understanding of our identity in Christ, and what true discipleship and community look and feel like. In the second half of the book, he discusses “the gospel through us.” He talks about the nature of the kingdom, living with a sense of mission and pursuing justice ministries.
The book blends biblical teaching with “real” stories of life and faith. He includes stories from his personal life, family life, and ministry experiences. The book is encouraging and thought provoking. It provides a fresh perspective on how to live faith Monday to Saturday.
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