- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook (Oct. 19 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578562651
- ISBN-13: 978-1578562657
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.8 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #374,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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st part of our hearts and souls is the desire to love well. Yet in our struggle to do so, we learn that, as Mike Mason puts it, "We are not born with love; it is something we must learn." Now, in Practicing the Presence of People, he helps us launch that learning process. Mason points the way to fresh knowledge and fresh experience, showing how we can discover new things about those we love, understand them from the inside out, tenderly identify with their weaknesses, and celebrate that they too were lovingly made by the hand of God.
About the Author
Mike Mason is the author of the best-seller The Mystery of Marriage and The Gospel of Job. A full-time writer for fifteen years, he attends Pacific Community Church. He and his wife, Karen, a M.D. in general practice, live in Langley, Brittish Columbia, Canada with their daughter.
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Mason's book is not for Christians who think, "It's simple, the bible is black and white." But if you want to learn more about God's desire for us, Mason illustrates the heart of the bible with craft! For example, the bible is showered with verses of praise describing the glory of God in people (praising God for loving us enough by sending Jesus to die for us and draw out that glory more). Practically, our heart should overflow. But it won't until God saves us personally. We only begin to see the glimmer of God's glory in others when we've dealt with the frustrations of trying to be in good relationship with God, our self, and others.
Scripture is clear. In Genesis, we were created in God's image and were in sweet communion with God, and then there was the fall of humanity with Adam and Eve's choices. From there, fortunately for us, God sent Jesus and the Holy Spirit, to continue our story and relationship with him. We walk this journey every day towards or away from a relationship with God, and people. Again, it's solid theology to think that God's glory is waiting to be unlocked in all of us. Furthermore, if you study Jesus' life thoroughly, relationships are critical. Here's a few verses from the bible that Mason draw's out in his book, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind," "Love your neighbor as yourself," and even "Love your enemy's." And finally why? "Because God first loved us." For Christians to actually take the "greatest commandment" (love the lord and your neighbor) seriously would revolutionize how the world actually views Christians. Sure, I completely believe the bible when it brings testimony to Jesus dying for our sins, but the proof is in the pudding. How do you make disciples of all nations? Well we don't need any more Christians hitting people over the head with the bible, that's for sure. What we need is love. Friendship is the vehicle for deeper compassion.
Lastly, I find Mason's insight into God's heart for us captivating. I may not know 100% that God actually prays for us, but what's wrong with thinking that he might? What if I phrased it the opposite way by saying God never prays for us. Which do you actually think is true? I think we need to ask ourselves tougher questions than only what the bible says. We need to step out of linear thinking and grasp what the bible means. I am confident that Mason's book gives a healthy, Godly look at our relationship with our self, others, and God.
1 Corinthians 13:1 says, "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."
"Forgive the dream crusher and your dreams will never be crushed again." -Mike Mason, Practicing the Presence of People: How We Learn to Love
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