Skye Jethani brings us through the different ways we box God in our lives. He basically takes a gentle whack at four different ways we do church and more so how we relate to God. Using simple stick figure illustrations, Jethani takes us through the four common postures we take toward God – using different prepositions to describe each posture: Life Under/Over/For/From God. He reasons that these four postures/views end up to be just different manners we try to control or manipulate God. Arguing that from the beginning, the posture God sort to have with us was one best described as WITH.
Coming from tradition of my own church and personal spiritual walk, the subject and idea Skye Jethani speaks of is not new to me. Books like Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Communion with God by Mark Virkler and Patti Virkler and even John Piper’s Desiring God pursue the same or similar lines.
I found it difficult to put the book down once I started reading. What I found more difficult was the uncomfortable feeling when I was forced to examine myself and what my posture towards God and Jesus was. Was I just working FOR God so that and could get rewards FROM Him?
Jethani doesn’t leave you stranded if you have questions and are asking what now. At the end of the book he points you to resources you get back on track.