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Book Review: Experiencing The Resurrection, The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life by Henry and Melvin Blackaby

I would have liked to have had this review for you last Sunday, Easter morning. Although I'd finished reading the book. I had company and just could not take a break in order to type out the review. I apologize.
"Without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless." page 1.
"Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied."
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 ESV

Blackaby makes a point early in the book that should be shouted aloud----"The battle is won. Satan is defeated." But, unfortunately Christians can become bogged down with life-battles, either forgetting or never being discipled in understanding that the battle is won. Our focus should not be on battling Satan over our sin, or downfall, or mistakes, etc. The battle is won. Our focus should thus be on serving Christ Jesus.
The aim of Experiencing the Resurrection is for the reader to understand fully Jesus' resurrection, but also what it means for us. "The resurrection is not a one time event." Instead, "it is resurrection power for our everyday life."
The book is divided in to 3 sections: The Resurrection In The Heart And Mind Of God, The Resurrection In The Life Of The Lord Jesus, and The Resurrection In The Believer's Experience.
One of my favorite quotes from section 2:
"So many people don't understand what God is really like. They don't understand their own condition against the backdrop of eternity. They fail to realize that the very nature of mankind is sinful, opposed to God in every way. But we have only to look at the cross to know that God takes sin seriously and will not allow it into a perfect place called heaven."
Section 3 really spoke to me in that in order for me to have resurrection power, I must die to self. What this means is not physically dieing, but the surrendering of my selfish self. I must deny myself-----in order to live a resurrection life. That is a stumbling block for many. It is something that many don't understand, and definitely don't want to do. We consider ourselves an independent--I'm going to do it myself--kind of people. We want to be the master of our choices, dreams; and we certainly enjoy the accolades of our accomplishments. It's all about the I, me, we, our. But that's not a real life, it's a faux-pas and a masque of pretension. Real life is when we let go, and follow Jesus.

I loved this book. Actually it's outstanding!

Published by Multnomah Books 2008
211 pages
Christian Living/Resurrection of Jesus/Basic Foundation Belief
Paperback $12.59
eBook $11.99


Becky said…
This book sounds wonderful!!! Thanks for reviewing it!