Over the past few weeks I have been reading an incredible book on spiritual formation. It seems like most of the books I have read lately about spiritual formation, Christian living, or about ministry have all had a pretty strong sense of self help sort of vibe to them. As you can tell by the title of this book, God Kills is not that sort of book.
God Kills, written by Art Greco, has very little to do with life. For in this book, it is Satan who works hard to give life, but it is Jesus who is in the business of killing. Killing our flesh and the the things that we so badly long for and have wrongly assumed bring us life. When, in fact, it is only by Jesus killing, destroying, and eliminating those hidden parts of our soul that pollute our hearts.
Greco goes through seven spiritual disciplines that have seem to gone missing in our current spirituality of personal fulfillment. With full transparency, we are walked through the spiritual development of a pastor and theologian, and mostly as a fellow sojourner towards the cross of Christ.
As you read this book, I am sure you will notice the deep waters of theology and spiritual growth in which Art swims.
It would be easy to sit in an ivory tower and give some deep pontifications surrounding these disciplines, but instead, you get a peek into an incredibly reflective and brilliant man as he works these disciplines into his own life.
Throughout this book, Art explores the disciplines of:
- Humility: God has a bigger plan than the plan he has for you.
- Teachability: Maybe you're right
- Celibacy: It's not just about sex anymore
- Courage: Be afraid be very, very afraid.
- Faith: Pain, poverty and other really good things God doesn't seem to mind you experiencing.
- Yieldedness: Live free and Die!
- Loyalty: Look both ways before walking.
If you are looking for a devotional book, or a book that is going to kick you in the butt and spur you on to wrestle through some difficult topics as you grow towards Christ, then this is your book!
If you are noticing a larger chasm between the pop spirituality that is supposed to fulfill your soul and the deeper waters of death and service that are molded by our savior and want to explore this sort of death, then this is the book for you!
If you long to read a book by someone who not only has some good theology and wisdom, but who is currently walking down this road as well, then this book is for you!
I am thankful for a contemporary book that is authentic, humble, and deep that addresses the issues the church at large and that I personally am encountering. I pray that God will not allow me to embrace the spirituality of self fulfillment, but rather the spirituality that daily lays bear my flesh and hammers it to the cross so that only what is made alive through the spirit will grow and thrive!
I could not recommend this book more and hope that you enjoy exploring some underused muscles in our spiritual development!