I had a friend of mine recommend this book, so I was happy to pick it up and start reading it. Through the first few chapters I was very impressed. She speaks to the reality of the cross, that we are nothing without Christ. And I continued to look forward to the rest of the book. While I'm still working through it, I find it grieves my heart. I often think "Perhaps this is conviction?" And in some ways I do feel conviction. But more often than not, so far, I've found that her case examples of christian women she uses, she condemns. While she may be 'fired up' she almost seems to mock. For instance on page 87, she says regarding a woman saying her approach is far too extreme " I am assuming that to this woman, the verse "come out from among them and be separate, and touch not the unclean thing" means something different than what it actually says. I am as also assuming that she knows very little about the many amazing, christ honoring Quakers...etc." And while the words themselves perhaps do not send people under the bus, the repeated examples of Christians who have it all wrong, leave a bad taste in my mouth. Do the people that she has in her life have a faulty view of the gospel? Possibly. No, probably. But the way she uses these conversations makes me feel like she is abusing relationships to support her claim. I'd be afraid to have a conversation with her about my incorrect views for fear of being used in the next book.
I'm going to finish reading this book. I think she's passionate and wants others to experience Christ in his fullness. I'm trying to hear her heart and not her words, and I know the main message is to let go of any other worldly claim upon your life and run towards Jesus. And in that I wholeheartedly agree. I've found that books like "7, a mutiny against Excess" cause a greater conviction in the same direction, while leaving the reader empowered rather than shamed. I hope as the pages continue, My opinions will be further changed.