Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian (Audiobook Review)

This is a book with an extremely important message, laid out very, very clearly. I highly recommend it.

I do find Tullian tends to repeat himself, trying to find many different (or not different) ways to drive the same point home, over and over again. However, I think the book has just one aim, so it may be intentional. He does lose a star for this as it seemed somewhat redundant as the chapters passed. However, the importance of the message far outweighs the repeating, it’s probably what we need to get something this profound yet simple through our thick skulls.

Listen to this book. It could change your life.

The narration, as usual with christianaudio’s readers – was great.

This review was completed on behalf of christianaudio.com’s Reviewers Program

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Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian (Audiobook Review)

Our Desires Aren’t Too Strong, But Too Weak

Are Christians really settling for less? Is the life of one who trusts in Jesus one who is limp-wristed, undriven, easily manipulated, and..well…dumb? C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory (which I have not read, yet), shared this great insight:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” 

I love that quote. It stands in the face of what our world’s great lie. Our toys and trinkets are a few years away from landing in a landfill. There’s more to be had, yet for some reason, I tend to think following Jesus means losing, and I forget all the getting. Desires are great when they’re channeled towards what is good and right. More accurately, the One who is Good and Right.

How easily my affections are stirred towards what is broken.

Have you read Ecclesiastes lately? “Everything is meaningless”, from the lips of the wisest man on earth, the man who threw parties that we can’t even imagine, the man who seemingly spared himself from no pleasure he desired – found in the end that it wasn’t enough. Foolishly we think our laughable attempt will produce a different outcome.

God save us from our foolishness.

Chris Tiegreen’s “Walk With God” says:
“The good thing about Ecclesiastes is that it sends us in search of a Savior. In its cold, hard assessment of who we are, it drives us toward the only One who can remedy our situation… No human being can live up to the expectations we have. No one is righteous enough.”

So even people let us down.  “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.”  Chris writes: “every human being has the potential, even the probability, of letting us down”.

Desires. I’ve get them, you’ve got them. Expectations seem to be what drives our world.

Great expectations. One great, sure hope. Jesus.

Strong desire. Nothing less will do.

 

 

Our Desires Aren’t Too Strong, But Too Weak

What if…

The world were driven by karma?
What if what you do in this life really carries into your life in the next?
What if today I’m suffering my just punishment for my evil in my former life?
What if you helping me today is actually injustice towards me because you are helping me escape deserved and necessary punishment, and to be rescued only means more payment in the future.
What if to help was unthinkably cruel?
What if I believed this?

I would be Untouchable.

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What if…