Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: Encounter Jesus

These days a book needs to grab my attention in order to be read from cover to cover.  My time is pretty much at a premium as I try to meet the needs of my family and still carve out time for one of my favorite past times--reading.  There are lots of books I want to read, but with limited time only books that stand out to me in one way or another get read.  When Encounter Jesus showed up in my mailbox I wasn't sure if it was going to grab my interest, but the book just kept showing up in various locations of the house and I figured I needed to crack it open and give it a look and I'm glad I did.

At the start the book reminded me of so many other books like it that I've read before and I just wasn't sure if it was going to go anywhere for me.  It took me a few chapters of reading for me to really find myself sold on the book.  In many ways this book reminds me of Fr. Mark Mossa's Already There, which I reviewed a few years back.  In Encounter Jesus From Discovery To Discipleship you will find a guide to intentional discipleship and a deeper relationship with Jesus through the anecdotal stories of Fr. Dave Pivonka and Deacon Ralph Poyo.  But, the book is so much more than that.  

Each of the book's fourteen chapters begins with scripture which correlates with the chapter's topic.  From there the authors offer an explanation which is easy to relate to in order to help the reader understand how to apply this to his or her life, whether it's the call to evangelize or how to embrace the crosses that come with this life.   The book offers practical insight and can be a valuable source of inspiration.

Overall, the book is an enjoyable read that is practical and approachable.  It's certainly worth reading.

I was provided with an advance copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review by the publisher, Servant Books.  Encounter Jesus is set to be released this Fall.  You can pre-order it from Amazon.

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