Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Bravehearted Gospel - A Review

A few weeks ago, I read a pre-publication version of The Bravehearted Gospel by Eric Ludy. I am pleased to say that this is a fine book, something that the church desperately needs. It challenges the church to restore the foundations of truth and righteousness, to really live according to faith and obedience.

The book uses the theme of restoring the "masculine" side of faith and practice, while balancing that with the "feminine" side. You'll have to read the book to see how these are defined. Eric does a fine job explaining the relevant issues.

The point is that, masculine versus feminine aside, we must obey God as He is revealed in the Bible rather than in the way He has been popularized in our culture. It's really a simple concept, but it has been lost in the modern church.

I have some quibbles with Eric's inclusive language. He often writes, "We do this ..." or "We do that ..." though Eric doesn't really do these things. I know, as a reader, that I don't do them, so these portions felt like accusations rather than explanations. I asked Eric about these issues, and he said these are attempts to reach the majority of the church, the members of the reading audience who are doing these things. I understand the attempt, but I prefer literal accuracy.

For example, from the book (unless the final version doesn't include this):
Christianity is the most explosive, most vibrant, most beautiful, most extraordinary news this Universe has ever encountered, and yet all of us Christians are trying to “make it more palatable.” We are downplaying God’s right to rule, overtake and possess the lives of each and every person on this terrestrial ball. (Boldface emphasis mine)
I, for one, am not trying to make the gospel more palatable, and I don't think Eric is doing this, either, so I can't understand why he has made such an all-encompassing accusation that everyone is doing this. Such language occurs multiple times in the book, and these parts seem to contradict the book's teaching that we can and should do otherwise. I hope this kind of language doesn't confuse people.

With that reservation in place, I recommend The Bravehearted Gospel. With most churches operating in an emasculated state, we need men and women who are willing to stand up, put on their spiritual armor, and fight for the truth of the gospel. In The Bravehearted Gospel, Eric Ludy eloquently and forcefully warns the church that it will never change the world with a feminized Christianity, which leads to fear, a de-emphasis of Scripture, and a lack of vigorous thinking. He tells us that God has given us the power to live holy lives, completely consecrated to Jesus, without giving any quarter to the flesh. This is the medicine the church of today needs. For many, it will carry a bitter taste, but it will provide healing to the soul and to the body of Christ.

In closing, here is an example of the great stuff that thrums throughout the book.

The Grace and Gospel of Jesus Christ has been drained of its potency. It’s been transformed into a message merely about the hugs and kisses of God while the muscle and power of God is left standing on the sidelines wholly forgotten.

But God is in the business of building saints. He is the Universe’s foremost expert on overhauling the human existence and making it actually work the way it was originally intended to work. And He does this overhaul with a tool known in the Bible as Grace. He saves us with it, He breaks us with it, He rebuilds us with it, and He fully equips us with it to turn this world upside down.

Grace is the Life of Jesus imparted and actually living, moving, working, and thundering within our very bodies to accomplish the errands of God on planet Earth.

7 comments:

Christian_Fantasy_Adict said...

I as well recommend this book. It is truly a life-changing book, a message this modern church needs desperately.

S. J. Deal said...

I've been reading Ludy's work for a while, I'll have to be sure to put this one on my "to-read" list.

Liliannalissa said...

This book does sound good and I might read it. However, I sometimes long for a book bent toward Christians who don't water down the Gospel. Does The Bravehearted Gospel also talk about appreciating the Gospel rather than getting used to it?

OnTheStraightAndNarrow said...

Great point on the "We do this," thing. I need to be careful of doing that.

Pam Halter said...

Thanks for this book review. It looks like something my husband would be interested in.

Bryan Davis said...

Liliannalissa,

This book definitely doesn't water down the gospel. That's why I was surprised at what the author wrote in the paragraph I quoted.

Mr. Ludy doesn't water it down, and he delivers a fearless gospel that rings true.

Anonymous said...

I "stumbled" upon your blog and have to agree wholdheartedly! This is an amazing book that the church and our nation in a whole needs to read...not allowing the words to become empty in our hearts but to carry out this message without fear...with a fire of passion burning in our souls! I grew up in an amazing home with wonderful christian parents...BUT, I have learned over the years...that I can't get by on their faith, nor can my relationsip with God be an "accessory" to my life or one that is an "emergency room" relationship! My desire...my goal... is the theme of this book. BRAVELY walk out the truths of His promises, His Light, and bring forth to the luke warm church a fire to become, again, a body that at any cost will see His Word shared, lives changed...it's time... not tomorrow, next week, or next year...not to depend on the next generation to fix that in which we have been a part of creating...but in Him...do it NOW!! Awesome blog...PRAISE GOD!!

Kristi C.