What in the world is going on?
These days the world has everyone spinning. Weekly terrorist attacks. The refugee crisis. Transgender bathrooms. Academic safe spaces. Tensions with Russia. A perpetually uncertain economy. The list goes on. It's enough to make us crazy… or want to put our heads in the sand.
But we can't, because these are our times, and we must face them. So what many Christians are looking for is someone to communicate a way forward—someone who both understands culture and trusts the Bible. Mark Sayers is such a leader, one who “writes from the future.” He is a gifted cultural analysist who combines his biblical knowledge, curious mind, and pastoral heart to offer a guide to the times. Strange Days will help Christians slow down, get their bearings, and follow God with wisdom and tact in this wild world.
“Take heart, for I have overcome the world,” Jesus said nearly 2,000 years ago. And that's the message of Strange Days, the message the church needs today.
This book is fantastic! The author addresses current, challenging, and prevalent issues our culture faces today. His use of current events to illustrate his points is artistic and easy to follow. While his vocabulary and writing style can be intellectual and challenging at times, the information is so interesting that I pushed through it anyway!
Sayers divides his book into three sections to help explain the chaotic world we live in. The first addresses the Biblical pattern of chaos. As early as Genesis, we see the brokenness within the world: murder, pride, and a myriad of other downfalls characteristic of our world even today. Sayers explains where we see chaos in culture even within early Biblical times. In the second section, he addresses the historical pattern of chaos. We so often believe that our time in history is unique- unlike any time before. And while in some aspects this is true, overall the chaos we see in our world today is nothing new. The author takes this section to look over this pattern of chaos we see throughout more modern history. And in the final section, the reader learns about how to live practically in this fallen and chaotic world. Sayers does a sort of commentary through Galatians and offers the solution to be living in step with the Holy Spirit on a day to day basis. The only way to overcome this time of upheaval is to allow the Spirit to work in the life of the believer...utilizing a life characterized by the love of Christ to draw others into a relationship with Him.
My rating? 5/5
I will definitely read this book again. In fact, I highlighted something on nearly every page. I loved the author's emphasis on living a life guided by the Spirit! In a time where even on campus I meet students from different spiritual backgrounds or students who have walked away from God, this book does a wonderful job of helping explain to someone the brokenness of the world and the way that Christ will indeed overcome it!