Wish it was Better
Relentless is a book about how you can have the power to never give up. The back cover reads “You were never meant to just get by as a Christian. You are meant to rule in adverse situations and display greatness!”
This sounds like an amazing book from reading the description. I was excited to start reading it because of the current state of my life. It really sounded like something that would help me. I started to read it and was disappointed. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I was hoping for a book that was practical and would help you through hard situations by pointing to God. What I understood from reading it is that you have the power to overcome anything because you have the same power Jesus does. Now, I don’t know if this is what the author believes but the way he worded made me perceive this. I do believe with Christ we can overcome anything, but it’s not us alone, it’s God through us.
This is why I didn’t really care for this book because I was confused what the author was trying to get across. He writes well and some of the stories in the book are interesting. Over all, I probably would not recommend this book.
Published 34 months ago by Rebekah G.
John Bevere, bestselling author, speaker and head of Messenger International provides readers with yet another timely book, this time on the need to persevere through hardship while maintaining a firm foundation in God’s Word. At first, Relentless had all the makings of yet another book about how God will make everything work out for the believer provided they simply have faith and a positive attitude in the midst of trials and tribulations, much akin to something from the pen of Joel Olsteen or Robert Schuller. Thankfully, John Bevere’s approach is far more biblically centric fully recognizing the situations believers will face and the necessity to not just poke along in our Christian walk but to conversely press forward through faith and trust in that through the power of God we can indeed be more than conquerors.
Relentless begins with Bevere depicting three types of individuals we all face: (1) the unbeliever who merely goes with the flow of everyday life, (2) the believer who recognizes the need to press forward in the fight against the enemy, and (3) the deceived who have the appearance of truth yet are in the end either compromisers of God’s Word or outright charlatans. The need to be relentless, according to Bevere, is based on the desire to “finish according to the desired end.” He rightly notes “There’s no escaping the adversity waiting for each of us if we follow the path of Jesus. The stakes are high and the eternal rewards priceless.”
Bevere also provides some valuable insight into the now and not yet aspect of the Kingdom of God taught by respected theologians and experts in this area such as George Eldon Ladd and others. Unfortunately, many believers seem to have the concept that the present life is something we just have to endure until we can “get to heaven.” In reality, this is not what Scripture describes. The Kingdom of God is to be experienced to some degree in the present. Some aspects of Bevere’s statements in this area may lead some to believe that in this present life we have the authority to ensure we will not endure any trials as we have been given authority to rule in this age as we will in the age to come. That is not, in the opinion of this reviewer, the conclusion Bevere is leading to. Conversely, what he is alluding to is the fact that through Christ we are more than conquerors. We have been given the ability to engage the enemy by donning the full armor of God on a daily basis in order to wage war against the enemy. As the body of Christ, this is one of our mandates.
Another valuable insight provided by Bevere is the very nature of the conflict we as believers face. He reminds us of the source of our struggle, namely the desire of Satan to steal, kill, and destroy. In an age where there are increasing amounts of tribulation in the world such as famine, clashes between nations and religious worldviews, greed, poverty, and sickness just to name a few, many seek to understand how a loving God could allow such tragedy to take place. While Bevere certainly does not undertake a scholarly overview of the problem of evil which would largely be outside the bounds of this particular book in the first place, he does remind the reader who the source of evil truly is, namely Satan. Bevere perhaps does toe the line somewhat on the prosperity issue; however, it is by no means over the top prosperity gospel teaching. Instead he reminds his reader that to have financial prosperity is not sinful, what is sinful is allowing the pursuit of money or prosperity to become lord in your life.
One of the final areas of importance covered by Bevere is the need to be vigilant. One of the major ways to maintain an attitude of vigilance is through prayer, an area of the Christian walk arguably largely neglected by most believers. Bevere reminds us of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when he urged the disciples to “watch with me” through prayer. Throughout the gospels it must be noticed that Jesus spent a great deal of time in prayer. In Luke 18:1, Jesus exhorts that “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” In an age when the spiritual conflict we face is increasingly heated, the method by which we must press on must be oriented in maintaining spiritual vigilance through an active prayer life.
Overall, Relentless by John Bevere is a well-written, biblically centric, call to arms. There are those without and even unfortunately within the evangelical community who seek to lure believers into compromise in an effort to make the gospel more amenable to the masses. We must resist such efforts to water down God’s word as this is simply yet another attempt by Satan to steal, kill, and destroy. The enemy is fierce; however, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Let us daily remind each other to heed the words of Hebrews 12:1: “Let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us.” (AMP)
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Published 36 months ago by Intelmin