I was surprised by this book. It’s different from most Christian-focused self-help books that I’ve read in the past. I found myself stopping and reading parts over and over, then taking notes in my journal.
The Divine Adventure is divided into easy-to-read chapters with questions at the end. The questions were not only thought-provoking but caused me to truly repent in some areas that I’ve perhaps taken for granted.
One of those eye-openers was learning to be available for whatever God wants me to do for the day instead of focusing so much on my agenda. I think we miss out on incredible opportunities because we are so focused on what we want to accomplish to make a name for ourselves instead of making Jesus famous.
It goes back to the fundamental lesson I learned years ago…
Live to be a Blessing not Living to be Blessed
One of Rebecca Friedlander’s chapters that stood out to me was chapter five, Forgiveness. It was a difficult year to be on social media in 2021, easy to become offended, easy to lash out, but at what cost?
Wheat and Tares
There’s a parable that Jesus teaches in Matthew 13:24-30. It’s about the enemy coming to his neighbor’s fields at night and sowing weeds or tares into his wheat garden. The story goes on about how no one knew until both the wheat and tares were spouted.
The servant told the owner and asked to rip up all the weeds. The wise owner told them not to. He explained that the precious wheat would be destroyed in their haste to rid the garden of weeds.
He basically focused on maintaining the garden and giving both the wanted plants and hated tares all they needed to grow healthy. Once it was harvest time, the tares were gathered first and burned, the wheat would be gathered and kept.
A great lesson in all of this is to stop focusing on your weeds and focus on your plants.
Another was about developing community… two important topics that suffered during the pandemic and chaos of 2020 and early 2021.
So much of Rebecca’s story moved me to want to make changes in my daily life, in my motives, and attitudes.
The wording created beautiful pictures in my mind as I read. This book was both relaxing and inspiring at the same time.
When our hearts are truly after God, we discover that his intentions are kind: he equips, listens, understands, and will never leave us alone. He’s a good Father who has no orphans—he loves to help his children.—Rebecca Friedlander, The Divine Adventure 2021
I’m still working through many of the questions at the end of each chapter. It’s given me the courage to take a few risks of my own.
If you are in search of a new perspective or possibly need to refocus, this book will definitely give you a great foundation to get started.
This is the first book by Rebecca Friedlander that I’ve read but it won’t be the last.
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