“Bold as Love” is a refreshing antidote to our society’s “political correctness” and the constant worrying about offending people–which causes us to never talk to people who are “different” from us in any way lest we say the wrong thing. It is also right in line with missional living and with the example Jesus gave us for how to do missions. Pastor Bob Roberts teaches his readers how to reach out and form genuine friendships with Jews, Muslims, or any other people group, and gives encouraging stories about how his own church started doing this.
Living in the United States we truly have the world at our fingertips. Migration has brought people from nearly every country on earth to the U.S. and they are our neighbors, co-workers, friends. But, this migration often creates fear because of misconceptions of those who are different from us. We are taken out of our comfort zone and we all too often opt to return to “safety” rather than engage someone from another culture.
While there are so many quotes that I want to share, I will use just one:
We want security; God wants exposure so that he’s glorified. We want ready-made plans for every challenge; God requires faith and trust to follow him. We want faith without risk and ministry without pain. But what we’ll find is that the most difficult times of life are often the most fruitful times (page 52).
We are here to glorify God and to make Him known…so what are we afraid of?
I have had the privilege of being on the “launch team” for this book, which enabled me to participate in a live chat with the author and the other team members…and I am so thankful for this opportunity! It was so amazing to see that there are so many like-minded Christians out there who are ready to change the status quo. This book is one that I am SO excited about because it falls in line with the passions God has given me and with the Great Commission that He has given to each of us as believers!
Truly, this is a MUST-READ especially for pastors, missionaries, church planters…but this book truly can benefit anyone of any culture/religion as the principles apply cross-culturally. If you are ready to be used by God in a new, fresh, and exciting way, then pick up this book. Being uncomfortable is an exciting way to live 🙂
This book is available starting 12.04.2012 but you can pre-order it on Amazon.
(You can read more from Pastor Roberts on his blog)
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson/Handlebar Marketing in exchange for my honest review.