Saturday, August 31, 2013

Prototype by Jonathan Martin (Review)

  • Paperback: 256 pages

  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (April 19, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-1414373638

  • Jesus is God and we are not. Most of us get that. But what we don’t always understand is that God loves us just as much as He does His son.

     Many times in the Old Testament, God refers to human beings as His “beloved.” But when God called Jesus His beloved, Jesus did something truly remarkable: He believed Him. He lived every moment of His life fully convinced of His identity. And unlike every other person in history . . . He never forgot.

    In Prototype, Jonathan Martin creates a vivid understanding of what it means to be beloved by God. To completely trust, as Jesus did, that God loves you. To live life without fear, confident in your identity and purpose. To handle life’s wounds as Jesus did, and to wake every day with a deep awareness of God’s presence.

    Martin reveals a startling truth at the heart of the gospel: Jesus is our prototype. And as we discover how the knowledge of being God’s beloved changed everything for Jesus—how it set Him free to live out his purpose and love God, others, and the world—it will begin to do the same for us.

    My Review:

    I never really got where the author was going with this book. I finished the book not understanding how Jesus is the prototype for a new human. It was not clear enough for my brain to decipher. The writing itself flowed and the stories were interesting. I liked the idea behind the church he pastors called Renovatus. We are all under renovation because we are not perfect until we reach heaven. There were a few good sections and ideas. Read with caution.

    Jonathan Martin lead the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus, a church for people under renovation, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke University Divinity School. He is married to Amanda, and is unafraid to be seen walking his small dog, Cybil.

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