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Monday, August 20, 2007
Ravi Zacharias - The Grand Weaver - Book Review -Part One-

If you haven't already, you can read David Kjos' review of the same book.

If you have never heard Ravi Zacharias speak, you should go and hear him at "Let my people think", as his writing shares a similar savor as his public speaking - that is, he is an engaging writer who communicates well.

The first thing that struck me as I begin to read the book - and paused to ponder its merits, was that I knew it was not a book that was edited to cater to people who "get it" so much as it was geared towards those for whom the subject matter would be novel or veiled. If one already sees God's hand in providence, one may well be inclined towards impatience as one reads. I found myself agreeing with the principle but in a ho-hum sort of way - that is, not being drawn into the reality of God's providence in any deeper way.

I note also that Ravi is approaching God's providence from an experiential perspective - demonstrating that the sovereignty of God is not some theological formula that lacks teeth in practice, but rather that any rational person with eyes to see can use what is available to them to indeed see that God is sovereign, and working in all things. This approach works best outside the church rather than within it, and it isn't a criticism of the work, but rather an indication of who the intended audience should be - those who don't see it, those who don't get it. If you are reading scripture everyday, and have your theological ducks lined up, this book will not be as satisfying to you as it would be to one who is still working these things out.

I am not finished the text yet, and when I am I shall comment more on it. but for now I give you my initial reactions.


posted by Daniel @ 9:38 AM  
  • At 3:22 PM, August 20, 2007, Blogger Bryan said…

    Not intending this to be a slight against Ravi, but with all the books in the world (and knowing your somewhat particular about what you will spend your time on) why did you chose to read this one?

  • At 5:19 PM, August 20, 2007, Blogger donsands said…

    I listen to Ravi from time to time. Sometimes he blows me away. Other times he lives me wanting. He is one great story teller, that's for sure. And it seems like he's got one for each occasion.

    Seems to me that the Lord has greatly used Ravi to speak the truth in love.

    Thanks for taking time to review his book.

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