I was incredibly challenged by this book. It takes a lot for me to write that “I’m challenged” because I don’t use it lightly. By being “challenged by this book,” I don’t mean I was challenged by a man’s words. I’m actually talking about how I was challenged by God’s Word. As I was reading the words of Colin Smith, I was constantly being pointed back to Jesus. This book wasn’t about Colin Smith in any way. It was about our relationship with Jesus. It’s not a self-help book because this is actually a book on self-less. That’s the reality of the Christian life.
I loved the title of this book. It was a great visual that he referred to quite often. I had never thought about the Beatitudes as a progression. That was a wonderful insight for me that helped me to see where I may be stuck at and why. It is full of practical applications that make it easy to see how these beatitudes are being used or not used in daily life. That was where it go really convicting. I began to see where I was struggling. I appreciated how he talked about how we’re not perfect. We aren’t going to measure up, but we strive for holiness. We grow in Christ daily.
I had not studied the beatitudes in this way before, especially not taking it as a progressive form. Sometimes it was easier for me to think of it as a checklist of things I needed to be and do. I loved that he reminds the readers that it’s all about the heart. It’s easy to not address the ugly of the heart and requires a lot of honesty. Smith isn’t afraid to ask his readers the hard questions, wanting to draw them closer to the heart of Jesus.
I was very encouraged as I read this book. None of us have all of these things down and we all struggle. However, we should long for this in our lives and confess when it’s not there. Just start on the first ring. Grab hold and start swinging. It’s all about momentum.
I received this book from Moody Publishers.