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Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God by [Erre, Mike]
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In Astonished, Pastor Mike Erre calls Christians away from simplistic formulas to honest and rugged faith in the mysterious and unpredictable God.
God is more about deepening the mystery of faith, not removing it. Jesus should get bigger the longer we walk with him. Life and faith should grow to be more profound and wondrous, not less.
In Astonished, you will see how we are far more comfortable with tips, steps and techniques for living, than we are with ruthlessly trusting the mysterious God of the Bible. God asks us to follow him into tension, frustration, and difficulty because he wants our trust, not just our intellectual agreement. He calls us to seek Him even as we live in awe of all that is yet to be known about Him.
Astonished is an invitation to question in a culture that wants answers, to wonder in a world with little mystery left, and to believe in what is unseen and find it beautiful.

Mike Erre is senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California. He has previously served at both Mariners Church and Rock Harbor Church in Orange County. A graduate of Talbot School of Theology, Mike speaks at universities and conferences around the country. This is his fifth book.

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  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (April 1 2014)
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HASH(0xa56ae3e4) out of 5 stars Doesn't shy away from honest questions April 2 2014
By Paula Vince - Published on
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This book prompts us to look at the deep and honest questions we have about God, particularly those frustrating ones we tend to poke into the background, because there seems no point in wondering. Why are desert times said to be 'necessary' in our relationship with God, when we don't have them with significant fellow humans? Why does He keep Himself hidden like a kid playing hide and seek? And one I've often grappled with at different times, why should we even want to be friends with Him, if He behaves so coy and perverse? After all, human parents don't hang back, and stay silent and aloof when their children ask them questions.

It was refreshing to come across a book which is so direct in asking such things. Mike Erre understands why it may be easy to wonder if there is, in fact, something wrong with us, and our receivers. His observations about our end of the communication were interesting, indicating that some of our problems may be to do with assumptions we've made, which originated with vocal Christians and not with God.

He examines how we often choose to come to God out of self-interested motives, rather than simply wanting to know Him for His own sake. He points out possible flaws in our methods of sharing Him with others. Jesus Himself never felt the need to dazzle people into His kingdom, as modern Christians often seemed compelled to do, making them come across the same way as those annoying steak-knife salesmen. He was content with obscurity, and felt no pressure to polish up His message to make it more palatable for the crowds. If people wanted to pursue other options, He simply let them. And if we want to present Him as something He never presented Himself, that's our problem.

Are all of the questions answered completely? No, but if there was any way they could be, the title of this book couldn't be called "Astonished". God's mysterious and surprising ways of working are part of His character. This book's intent seemed to be to help us find out more about God, and as a bonus, it helps us find out more surprising things about ourselves, including dodgy motives and counterproductive ways to trying to probe the mystery. I enjoyed it.

I received a copy from Net Galley and David C Cook in return for an honest review.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa56ae438) out of 5 stars Honest and heartfelt, a good introduction to a way to think about God. April 11 2014
By dr. b - Published on
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It is clear from this book that Mike is passionate about God and correcting misunderstandings of who He is and how He works. This is the theme of the book, that God is more, different and beyond anything we can imagine. He makes (and sometimes belabors) the point that God's plan is not the removal of earthly suffering but instead allowing earthly suffering and using it to shape and mold His people. He makes an excellent argument that Jesus is the literal embodiment of the God who does not conform to our expectations. if there is a place the book falls short it is that it does not address in clear enough terms how we should live out this reality in our lives. Even with this mild shortcoming, I suspect this book will be helpful to many, as it does a good job of challenging many of the wrong assumptions about God that have infected the American Church in recent years.
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HASH(0xa56ae714) out of 5 stars back to the basics of belief April 5 2014
By Craig - Published on
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Mike was my pastor at Rock Harbor in Costa Mesa, CA. I was drawn to the Saturday night service because it was the test run of the weekend sermons. What I found refreshingly disarming was the candor yet orthodoxy in Mike's messages to us. His writing style is the same. The book reads like a recording: I can "hear" Mike's voice. I feel as if he is sitting with me and relating the book's message. He shares the word of God as he addresses the challenges that the children of God face as they wrestle with unbelief and aim to find again not the God they want, but the One who is the great I Am.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa56aec30) out of 5 stars Astonished! April 5 2014
By Brian Clark - Published on
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Author- A+ and legit real.
Book content - A - real and raw...what I want and need consistently in life.

Faith is a mystery and the rugged road I walk on still believing does astonish me. Mike Erre is a man that brings it in real life and in book form...I have loved this book so far. Who wants boring and predicable in life anyway?! Life is tough! Faith doesn't solve life problems in itself. Faith drops me to my knees in so many ways. Yes, it gives me hope, and that is cool, but it so much more than that. Honestly, the older I get the harder it is to grasp...and I think that is why I love this book so much. It is not cheese ball answers to life mysteries we can't solve completely. It is a smart, honest man bringing real life to me in a quality read.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa56ae4f8) out of 5 stars Disciples should exclaim "Wow!" more often, because our God wants to astonish us. April 5 2014
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Mike reminds us that we can lose earth’s “glittering toys” one by one. Our response may be to walk earth’s highway grieving. But we have a God and Lord who whispers to lift our hands to Him so He can fill them from His storehouse. As disciples we learn that God cannot put His riches in hands already full of earthly stuff. Our God will break into what we call “now” and leave us truly astonished. This book helps us make the adjustments necessary so we can experience what our God can do in our weakness and leave us in awe! James Tibbits