Reckless Faith by Kevin G. Harney (@KevinGHarney)

Feb 07

Reckless Faith by Kevin G. Harney (@KevinGHarney)

Reckless Faith

Embracing a Life without Limits

Kevin G. Harney

2012

203 pages

 

Available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.

Available from Christianbook.com in hardcover (currently on clearance, with limited availability), paperback, ePub, and a DVD to correspond to each lesson.

I read the hardcover edition.

 

Life can seem boring—get up, go to work, come home to watch television, and go to bed so you can do it all over again the next day. In his book, Reckless Faith: Embracing a Life without Limits, Kevin G. Harney suggests that we have become domesticated, as human beings and as Christians. Life and faith are meant to be adventurous. Instead of vicariously experiencing adventure through movies, we are meant to get out there and lead great adventures.

The author invites us to have reckless faith, but he advises responsible recklessness, meaning we need to look before we leap by praying, gathering information, and seeking advice.

Reckless love, reckless generosity, reckless service, reckless relationships, reckless prayers, and reckless words—these are the areas the author suggests we can experience God’s adventure. While it’s true that these are worthy areas to stretch ourselves, I felt the development of the topics was somewhat predictable. He gave pastor answers (well, he is a pastor) and focused on witnessing (reckless words) or the importance of church attendance (reckless relationships). The main idea of reckless faith is so powerful and intriguing; I guess I felt a little disappointed by the “ordinary” applications.

I thought the section on prayer was well done because he focused on praying for God’s will to be done rather than our own—something we, as Christians, need to work on.

 

Too often our approach to prayer is about deciding what we want, what we like, what would bring us the greatest joy, and asking God to sing on the dotted line. When God does what we ask, we are thankful. If God fails to deliver and perform as we request, we end up disappointed or even upset with him.

–Kevin G. Harney, Reckless Faith, page 128.

 

We are here to serve God, not be served by God. And we certainly aren’t meant to be upset with God for not doing what we want.

The section on generosity was well developed because he didn’t focus on money, as most pastors do. Instead, he focused on generous attitudes and doing as much as we can with what we have.

 

Imagine a life where you look for ways to use what God has placed in your hands to bring blessing, hope, and joy to others.

–Kevin G. Harney, Reckless Faith, page 74.

 

Yes, I’d recommend Reckless Faith. It will challenge your faith in one area or another. We are all in different places in our spiritual walk, but surely one of these categories will hit a nerve for you. We still have much to learn and more growing to do so anything that stretches us out of our comfort zones into reckless faith is worthwhile.

You can connect with Kevin G. Harney on Twitter (@KevinGHarney) or check out his website: http://www.kevingharney.com/.

 

I give Reckless Faith by Kevin G. Harney four cups of love.

(Minus one for being a little predictable)

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