Last weekend the hospital auxiliary at our small regional hospital had their annual fundraiser—a book fair. Being as books are books, and I’m rather bookish I made it a point to attend (I went 2 or 3 times). I went early (even though they charged a fee to get in the door the first night). I did this because I know how used book dealers circle around such events to snatch up anything and everything—EARLY. I figured that I’d get my money back in the savings on the books priced 65 cents to 2 dollars apiece.

What I found was like gold. I found books for fun, books for growth, music, Christmas, and children’s books. The best find (so far) was one my blushing bride picked up—Erwin R. McManus’ Uprising.

I’ve only started reading and can tell that I’ll be challenged, excited, angered, and ultimately grown as I continue reading. Thought 1 I’ve already found from just a few pages in: to live life, live life. I hate to interpret an author’s work after just a few pages, but I thought I’d share some thoughts with you that develop as I progress through this volume. As with a good sermon, the book opens with an engaging illustration lifted right from the author’s life—a whitewater rafting trip that taught him that he wanted to live.

McManus asserts that part of our make up as human beings is to want to live. He carries the picture further by reminding us that the purpose of Christ’s coming was to bring life. The assumption at the outset of the book suggests that we as believers ought to do those things that help us to live.

Becoming comfortable is not one of those things. The moment we begin to sit back without taking chances, is the moment we begin to die. The believer who does not exercise his faith might as well be dead (for all the good he does). So, as Stephen Curtis Chapman suggested to the Kingdom community some years ago: “Saddle up your horses . . . Let’s get ready to ride.”

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