“So many people searching for something beyond themselves, something to improve life or make more sense of it,” Jan David Hettinga writes in his book, Still Restless: Conversations that Open the Door to Peace.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-six-page paperback targets those interested in finding inner peace regarding their life on earth and in eternity with God. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the Message, New Living Translation, and The Voice. Due to some quoted slang and adult topics, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.
After a foreword by Dr. Scott Ridout, acknowledgments, and introduction, the book is divided into two parts of sixteen chapters total, ending with an epilogue, discussion questions, four points starting with God, and the author’s biography.
Using illustrations of a door being opened, the author walks the reader through over a dozen individuals who Jesus spoke with or about in the New Testament, correlating each to a current day person who choose or choose not to listen to Him. Some of the iconic figures discussed are the rich man having to give up all, the intellectual lawyer, the prodigal son, the pool-side paralytic, peer-pressured Pilate, Paul’s conversion, the Samaritan woman at the well, doubting Thomas, the blind beggar, the thieves on the cross, Zacchaeus, and the Roman centurion.
As the writer notes, everyone is searching for security, significance, and purpose in life; they are restless, stressed, and anxious as they live in their personal self-centered kingdom instead of realizing God’s kingdom is the answer.
~ Why ~
This book is mainly for the person who is not a believer in Christ or one acknowledges God but has not given all aspects of his or her life to Him. It shows how Jesus ends the restlessness with the promise of inner peace through how He personally showed and continues to show God to others.
~ Why Not ~
Some non-believers of Christ may find the book challenging as they do not want to shed their self-obsession with control in various aspects of their lives. Others may find the book tedious as it examines a plethora of people in both Bible and current day times.
~ Who ~
The author of a previous book, Hettinga has served in churches for over forty-five years and is currently a pastor at Cascade Community Church. As a church planter, pastor emeritus, and chairperson, he lives with his wife in Washington.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you want a chapter-by-chapter study of how Jesus presented God to individuals when He was on earth and how present-day people make the same choices in regard to finding peace, this would be a viable option. Due to the many characters discussed, it could be a weekly Sunday school lesson on each individual mentioned.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
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