The author, a first-generation Christian who wasn’t raised according to all the ‘rules’, fights the Christian cliché “the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.” Instead, he argues that it is a dangerous and costly place to be. God’s will for us is not about our comfort. Nor is it a cattle call for us to live the same kind of life as everyone else. His desire is not to conform us but transform us, not to make us compliant but to make us creative, and not to domesticate us but to liberate us.
The “civilized” faith is ritualistic, safe, reasonable, routine, stable, follows requirements, keeps people in line, focuses on being a good citizen, and follows the letter of the law. The barbarian life is courageous, sacrificial, visionary, intimate, passionate, loving, challenging, mysterious, risky, listens to the voice of the Spirit, experiences God, focuses on a mission, and lives the spirit of the law. All that we are meant to do is through the outward flowing of faith, hope and love.
For me, this book was refreshing, revitalizing, and inspiring! It is thought-provoking as well as entertaining and easy to read in a sitting or two. After reading this book, I found it easier to embrace my quirky self and to stop trying to be what everyone else wants or expects me to be. Instead my focus is to be guided by the footprints of Jesus. We are supposed to do whatever Jesus calls us to do the moment it is clear to us. I want to be a barbarian!To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I am disclosing that BookSneeze® provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.