Dr. Hunt explains that while our physical world is described by entropy (moving toward disorder), our spiritual selves are meant to be described by entelechy (moving toward perfection or making actual what is only potential). Like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and an acorn becomes an oak tree, a new believer is maturing to a disciple of Christ. Your faith is progressing toward something better – or should be.
I found some truths in this book that were transforming that I want to always remember. For example, why does God tell us to pray without ceasing? It’s not for His benefit. It’s for ours. Dr. Hunt describes not only what it means to pray 24/7, but the beneficial results he has experienced:
- being more appreciative
- feeling thankful for details that previously went unnoticed
- continually on the look-out for God’s purposes in conversation
- awareness of God hearing all that he says
- electrifying singing and praise
- the realization of precisely when the next bite will be sin before taking it.
In my favorite chapter, Dr. Hunt draws out 7 factors of prayer that will provide a deepened sense of reality when you pray. You must have a strong sense or desire for:
· progression upward and forward
· pleasing the Father
· the Holy Spirit’s mediation
· commitment to pray in the mind of Christ
· knowing that nothing is impossible with omnipotence
· concentrating thoughts entirely on God
· the will of God above personal whims
The pathway to faith produces maturity, and we are commanded to grow and to progress ever upward and forward. Dr. Hunt provides scripturally-sound practices to live out your faith while using plenty of biblical references to back up his points,
This book was short, concise, and easy to read. It was more meat and little fluff. I wished he had used more illustrations to make his abstract points a little more concrete, but still a great book to propel me toward living a better life of faith and unceasing prayer.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.