Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These by David Z. Nowell

Isn’t it interesting how there are so many ministry “needs” in places where we would like to vacation? Are we really caring for the “least of these” that Jesus (Yeshua) talks about in the Bible when we travel to these places, or are we in it for ourselves? In Dirty Faith: Bringing the Love of Christ to the Least of These, David Z. Nowell helps readers to answer those questions and also tries to help them to peel back a layer that they might need to reach in their walk with Jesus that will cause them to get “dirty” in most cases. It’s a place where they will not only walk into the lives of the “least of these”, but a place where they can stay in relationship with these people that God has placed in their lives, people that he loves so much.

I like how this book touches on having relationships with people that God considers so important, such as poor and sick people, and people in prison. The author seems mostly against going on ministry assignments to do something without really reaching people in the process to me, although I think God might use those times as seeds for something that he might want to use us for in the future, if people are reaching others around us when we do not feel capable of it yet. So, preparing a meal, painting, and cleaning are still very much needed to help care for people who are in need of it, although I believe the author is right that those loving deeds will not usually help transform people’s lives because those people most likely need someone to be active in their lives in the relationship area also.

If you’ve been involved with ministry and are ready to move onto another level of reaching out to others for Jesus, then I believe this book will encourage you to take action to move onto that step.

My review = 4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of material connection: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review. 

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