BELOVED DUST by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel
It is amazing how easily we are prone to slip into legalistic practices as Christians. This can even creep into our prayer lives. Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel explore the implications of the Gospel of grace on how we approach prayer in their book,Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself. They state their case that our lives are created to live in fellowship with God, therefore, we must not allow prayer to merely become another item on our religious to-do list. However, sin does put a block in our relationship with God - the reality of the fact that we are but dust. The reminder that we are dust should not cause us to become discouraged or make us feel that we have to work to earn God's love. Rather, we are beloved dust who are daily reminded by our shortcomings that we are in need of God every moment. When we pray, we do not have to hide from God or pretend to be someone we are not. Prayer is a place for openness and honesty before the Lord.
Beloved Dust is a refreshing and encouraging book that would benefit every Christian who has walked with the Lord for years and grown discouraged by their failures and their bondage to legalistic Christianity. There are countless books on prayer out there and many of them say the same thing. This book is not about prayer. It is more about the reality of our relationship with God as expressed in prayer. If you want to grow in prayer and your relationship with the Lord, this is definitely worth the read!
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