Chad tried to outrun, literally speaking, his problems and demons for a whole decade, but God pursued him every bit of the way. If you feel like you’re too far-gone for the grace of the Gospel, think again. This story will walk you through heartache and heartbreak, to a place of realizing we can’t save ourselves no matter how well regimened or scripturized we are. Jesus alone changes hearts.
A life altering shift in perspective happens when you can realize even a drop of the depth of God’s mercy and grace toward nasty sin. As a recovering pharisee of sorts, (a story for another day) — I read Chad’s words and felt like even more heavy crap I mentally carry around, was laid at Jesus feet. I know I should have taken drama class growing up, but really I am being honest when I say this book was another blessing to land in my lap as it chipped away at more burdensome, off-kilter beliefs. The one that has to slowly die. The one that makes you feel like you are bit more prepared for Heaven than the person who has a visible bad habit so you slowly start to distant yourself from them (because much of the world says we should cut off unhealthy things, so why not people too?)
This book touched a sensitive place in my heart as well since he is a truck driver like my own husband. On the road, Chad encountered many a soul who would not be counted as “hang worthy” by many in the world today, yet God used these very people with messy lives and sometimes foul habits, to speak things that awakened him from spiritual hardness.
He began to understand God’s love for people and even himself. This was huge because Chad had been there, done that — but the journey God was taking him on was learning who the Real Jesus was, and how the blessings we so often look for are not usually where we think they will be.
If you have time for this lengthy review, hold on tight. This one gets five starts. It undid me.
Your God Is Too Glorious Book Review
There was s section called from, Wolves to Lambs. It’s hard to wrap our brains around God showing mercy to people who voluntarily slaughter other humans. He writes about a man named Henry Gerecke who went to share the truth of the Gospel with 21 Nazi prisoners who, “had formed the inner circle of Adolph Hitler.”
Many of these men ended up grieving over what they had done and turned to Christ in their last days before being hung.
The Simplicity of the Gospel
An overarching theme in this book is this: We humans tend to over-complicate life and love. In regards to Christians (speaking of myself before anyone), we might try to wear a heavy burden of “I must change the world or I’ll get in trouble for not being who I am supposed to be,” sort of mentality. But Chad Bird says, “Just as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, so he comes riding into our lives humbly, on the back of simple, unadorned gifts like words, water, bread, and wine.”
Reading this book kept forming the picture in my mind of Jesus so humbly hanging out with everyday disciples on the beach, having real fellowship which would carry into eternity. All of this took place regardless of their imperfections, their issues they would be working on and through during the rest of their days, and Jesus never really tried to make them change or be holy in and of themselves — but he always pointed back to his Father.
Your God is Too Glorious, in a way for me, dumbed down the Gospel for me in a way that makes me want to run all over and give people Good News, rather than try to change them or run and hide from their smell, or judge them because they should “know better…” – Meghan Weyerbacher
What If You Actually Have Nothing To Give?
The fruit of our labor and our lives are a by product of being blessed with the gift of life, they are not the reason we exist. That would be, for relationship. Chad talks about our desire to climb up ladders and build Babel towers, but how God wants to be with us and so the Spirit “works hard simply to get us to sit at the feet of Jesus, take a deep breath, and not do anything but rejoice in the Sabbath rest of Christ’s accomplished work.”
He shares a friend’s personal and gut-wrenching story of his last days alive, and how we can not define a person’s value and worth according to what they contribute to society, though we tend to want to do this. But God is not like us, Chad says. And this is why his book is such a transformative one. It creeps into the false and almost from-a- tot-age, ideologies that get told to us or lived out in front of us which we take on as our own, not realizing it was never how Jesus viewed people or lived among them.
Quote Love ♥
“The Lord is our Shepherd but we still want.” (in context, this line knocked me out of my seat)
“The who created everything out of nothing still uses his Word to create big out of little, a crown out of a cross.”
“Jesus is making much ado about the forgotten world.”
When we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing God is doing in the church, we grow bling to the old little things he’s been doing all along.”
“The teachers who have the greatest impact on our lives are not always standing in the pulpits or guiding us through Romans…they are strangers to the religious system..they don’t speak Christianese.”
“He is pouring abnormal grace into normal people who are royalty in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
“We are never closer to God than when we feel furthest away.”
“Divine strength only fits inside weak vessels.”
I had 100 other quotes but can’t y’all. Just buy the book pretty pwease.
Why Read This Mind Changing Book?
I can’t begin to share everything amazing in this book. I would quote and retell it all and that may get me in trouble so I encourage you to get a copy if you or someone you know struggles with a heavy burden of believing God favors only certain people, or loves and cares for certain folk more than others. Or even if you or someone you know is shattered and feels like their life will never amount to much more than it is now. I am still mulling on things Chad said. I highly recommend this one, y’all. <——–
Here’s my official Amazon review:
“Never more than this, have I wanted to give a copy of a book to everyone I know who feels like their life is small and unimportant. To the ones who feel too messed up to be a part of the family of God. I could go on and on. Chad’s book touched my own heart and chipped away at some things weighing me down in my personal walk of faith. I feel like it was another blessed tool God used to speak truth into my heart, helping free me from a lifelong string of wrong beliefs and theology which have caused me to “try harder” and “be better” and make my life count for something. This book makes you think, may make you uneasy if you assume you are “right” about everything, and will most definitely leave you with a jaw-dropping dose of the real Gospel of Jesus. After reading this, you may forever be changed to accept the small & unimportantness of your life — but feel all the better for it.” – Meghan Weyerbacher
***I was given this book by Baker Books Publishing, Inc in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Chad is an author and speaker who’s devoted to honest Christianity that addresses the raw realities of life with the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ. To read more of his Amazon bio go HERE.
Watch his video, “Why Did Create Us?” ” Did God create us because (1) he wanted something from us or (2) he wanted to give something to us? How we answer that question informs our understanding of our existence. It also informs our understanding of what kind of God we have.” – Chad Bird