Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just Rise Up

Title:  Just Rise Up
Author:  Sarah Francis Martin
Pages:  208
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
The format for this study is quite ingenious.  First, participants read the author’s thoughts and challenges, then have five days in which to journal their own thoughts when answering various questions.  Sarah Martin wants people to once again regain perspective from one of self to one of making Jesus known to those around them.  What began this journey for Sarah was actually reading a book by Chuck Colson titled, How Now Shall We Live?  Personally, I know this is a helpful book as my family has read it, gleaning nuggets of truth that compel the reader’s heart to the Lord.
People are encouraged to seek the Lord and read His Word in order to understand to what purpose He has called them.  Some of the questions might best be shared in a one-on-one type of scenario instead of a large group.  While I can see why the subtitle of the study is “A Call to Make Jesus Famous” I don’t believe that is accurate of what He has called us to do.  However, the heart of the study is seeking God, hearing God and then doing what He leads you to do.  The challenge presented is not to keep living for Him one day of the week or one area of our lives, but across the board.  In order to do that we must submit ourselves to Him and obey where He leads.
My rating is 4 stars.
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