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  • M Taylor posted an update 5 months ago

    “Necessary Christianity” by Claude Alexander is a great read for the follower of and believer in Jesus Christ on what he/she needs to do as commanded in the Bible. I attended the church Alexander serves a few years ago and live in the area. Hence, my interest in the book.

    The title covers many good points, including:

    – The mature Christian knows the importance of focus (in other words, stop focusing on what the world tells you to do and instead do what God calls you to do!).

    – The Christian life is dynamic instead of stable (beware of complacency).

    – Mature believers take pleasure in having their steps ordered by the Lord.

    – We must not allow others to interrupt God’s plan for our life (this was one of my most favorite points).

    – Live with a sense of urgency in what God has called you to do.

    – A focused and God-directed life is also a tension-filled life.

    – God will direct us in unconventional and unusual ways.

    What I like about the book:

    – While a quick and short read (around 100 pages, the author makes many excellent points).

    – Good writing style (gets to the point and doesn’t beat around the bush nor long-winded).

    – Covers many relevant topics on the subject of a focused life.

    – Helpful discussion and reflection questions.

    – Based on the Bible and not just a touchy-feely motivational pep talk.

    Overall, a great read and recommended. I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.

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