CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): The authors are encouraging Christians to stand in the gap between heaven and earth.
FACTS: David and Jason Benham were fired from HGTV in 2014 for expressing their biblical values. Since that time they’ve been traveling around the country encouraging Christians to “be courageous in a compromised culture.” In this book, the brothers model how “When we talk with people, we need to constantly look for what’s broken or bruised, and seek to connect them to the God who brings healing and who can breathe life into what’s dead.” Are we available to stand in the gap between heaven and earth? A gap created by sin? Even if we are willing, do we know how? Through scripture and personal stories, the Benhams show us how we can be open to God working through us to touch others.
The brothers remind us of some fundamental truths we may have forgotten as Christians:
“You’re a minister right where you are. Your mission is to bring God glory. Your work is worship.”
While we may consider ourselves Christians, what are we doing about it? The Benhams charge us: “So let’s commit to doing the work Christ called us to, whether at the gas station, the ball field, or in the lunchroom. We may never know just how important our words might be.” Interestingly enough, it was the Benhams’ father who brought the infamous Jane Roe to Christ. As he baptized her he said, “Jane Roe washed away. Norma McCorvey emerged.” With those words the notorious abortion proponent became a true child of God.
The Benhams emphasize the power of our personal testimony. We can change lives by showing how God changed ours. As we consider “What does love require of us?” we see our call to action. Our choice is to “either stand in the way or stand in the gap.”
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. This book should energize you in your Christian walk. It is perfect for individual use or small group study.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, but the opinions are solely my own. #boldandbroken