Monday, June 29, 2015

Rainer calls us to say, "I will..." rather than "I want..."

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, wants to see Christians take an active role in their churches. There are two words we are all too quick to say in church: “I want…” We easily grow dissatisfied when we’re focused on ourselves. Rainer believes that an outward focus will leave us saying something different: “I will…”

I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian is a follow up to Rainer’s 2013 bestseller I am a Church Member. Here he calls believers to echo the attitude of Christ, putting others first before their own wants. It’s a call to regularly attend and participate in the life of a local church, connecting with other believers in small groups and giving joyfully and abundantly to support the work of the church. It’s a challenge to pray and to step out in faith to witness to others and see how God can use us to be a blessing to our church rather than only looking to receive a blessing ourselves.

These are not new ideas. These traits have been covered in other books at other times by other authors. But books like I Will are necessary reminders of how we are to be involved in the local church and the attitude we must have to be healthy and productive members of the body.

The audiobook is narrated by George Sarris. His narration is top quality, deep, and smooth. Rather than merely read the book, Sarris uses inflection and pauses to make it sound more like someone does when they talk, drawing our attention to what he is saying or pricking our ears for what he is about to say. It’s a top-notch production all around.

I received this audiobook from christianaudio in order to write this review.

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