As Christians find themselves trapped in the rhetoric of platform, influence, retweets, and fame, they need a ladder out of the fray.
Many of us live in a prison of self-absorption. Shackled with pride and despair, we compare ourselves to others constantly in our frantic, unending pursuit of perfection.
Seated with Christ gets to the root of this behavior and charts a path to freedom.
Scripture says that God's beloved are seated with Christ in the heavens (Eph. 2:6), treasured by Him and given a place at His table. Heather Holleman unveils what this means for us.
It means we walk out on the fight for acceptance. We quit measuring ourselves to others.We leap free from cycles of shame.
Securely-seated people can ask themselves hard questions about their lives; they can deal with sin, grieve their losses, and move forward in hope. From a position of security and self-forgetfulness they can joyfully do the good works prepared for them uniquely. They can even celebrate the successes of others.
Seated with Christ is a deeply personal, liberating look at a glorious truth: that we have a place at God's eternal table.
In her book, Seated With Christ, Heather Holleman shares how the Lord saved her from the trap of seeking to find worth and approval in empty things. Holleman shares her journey of seeking for purpose and security in wealth, popularity, and achievement, and how her pursuit led her to a striking realization. Holleman's book focuses on the truth that we do not need to fight for approval and meaning, because we have been seated with Christ on high and already have the approval of the King of kings.
As someone who also struggles with seeking to find worth in success and the approval of others, this book was such an encouragement. Holleman holistically applies the truth of Scripture to real life in simple yet striking manner. This book would be awesome in a small group women's' book study or for anyone who wants to be set free from seeking to find their worth in things that never will satisfy.
This book written by Heather Holleman was a great encouragement and a fantastic reminder that we are, indeed, seated with Christ. The author writes with honesty and realness, openly sharing her struggles and stories. All of this makes reading this book more relatable and allows the message of the pages in this book to sink within your heart. Holleman explains just how we can take the truth of being seated with Christ and apply it to our daily lives. How it can transform and impact and affect our lives and ordinary moments. This book will encourage you to seek God more deeply, love the Lord more fully and live a godly live each and every day.
Don’t you love Christian Spiritual Growth books that are written by an author who draws you in, shares her story, teaches you what she has learned about God, and becomes a friend in the process? For me, many books by Moody Publishers fit this description, and the latest one I’ve read is no exception. Although small in size, Heather Holleman’s “Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison” holds a huge impact in terms of living what she calls a “seated life” in Christ.
So, what does a “seated life” mean? Well, a key Scripture for this book is Ephesians 2:6, which states “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Did you catch the verb “seated”? As she explains about herself, Heather is crazy about strong verbs in Scripture. As she read Ephesians 2 one day, the word “seated” seemed to pop out at her and, well, “Seated with Christ” is the result of the pilgrimage that God began to lead her on. We are invited to join her on this journey through the four portions of her book: Take Your Seat; Seated and Set Free; Seated and Surrendered; and Seated and Sent.
If you’ve ever wondered if you truly have a place at God’s table, and if so how to claim that seat, this book is for you. With Heather’s honest, personable writing style and the included study questions at the end of each chapter, this is definitely a book that will settle into your heart as you read, and probably re-read, the heart-lifting truth that Jesus truly desires for us to take our seat - right beside Him.
Are you looking for a book that will get you thinking more about Jesus and less about yourself? Heather Holleman has a wonderful new book out called, Seated with Christ: Living freely in a Culture of Comparison. Who doesn't fight with comparing yourself to your peers around you? It is so easy to get wrapped up in ourselves and forget our true mission and calling in this life.
I absolutely loved this book. It was well written and flowed from start to finish. I know what it is like to crave acceptance as the "not cool" girl at school. I loved her story at the beginning of the book (pgs. 32-33) about talking with her own daughter concerning the girls at the "cool" table shunning her. Heather's comment was, " Don't think about them anymore. You have a seat at the best table already. You're wanted there. Jesus chose you for His table." (p.33) What a thought to share with your daughter about the beautiful image Paul paints for us as being seated in Christ.
Towards the end of the book, Heather takes all that she has learned and applies it now to the mission of outreach in her own community. This part of the book was beautiful. I sat and wept as I read chapter 10. I've struggled with reaching out to people. It's hard to speak up especially if you're more introverted. But when you quit fearing and are broken over how shallow your life has been seeking your own pleasure instead of God's, you can begin to see how God can use you in your own community. Being available and willing is the first step. I love how she says she just talks to all her neighbors as if they are believers. Instead of fearing rejection or wondering what will they think, she just says, "Hey guess what I learned about from my Bible reading today?" And you know what? People didn't reject her. They listened and some of them received Christ. And that is what broke my heart. Here I am, age 40, and I have wasted so much of my life on myself. This is a new way of thinking, a new way of engaging with those who are in my natural pathway that God has placed before me. There is so much more that I could say about this book, but I think I'll leave you with one last quote that spoke to me. "My motivation isn't to please God or to earn His favor; that's already decided. My motivation is to enjoy Jesus more and more and to all the His Holy Spirit to lead me into deeper freedom and intimacy with Jesus." (p. 139)
Pick up this book. It will encourage your heart and point you to Jesus just like everything in life should do.
What a beautiful and thoughtful book. Filled with profound ideas and practical advice, Seated with Christ by Heather Holleman, is both encouraging and insightful. The book is based on the idea that our identity is rooted in our relationship with Christ and that there is nothing else that gives us more worth or value than the fact that we are children of God, loved and chosen by Him.
Seated with Christ is broken into four sections. The first section introduces the idea of what it means to be seated with Christ. The most memorable part of this section (and possibly the entire book) is the analogy the author draws from the round table of Camelot to the table of Christ. The remaining three sections cover what follows as a result of our being seated with Christ – freedom, surrender and mission. Each chapter ends with a “sit and savor” section filled with questions and thoughts for further application or discussion.
Using personal stories and insights, the author takes us on her own journey from fighting for a seat at the table to realizing the seat was already hers to enjoy. Her stories throughout were wonderfully written and applicable to her points, however it was in the second to last chapter, Seated and Sent, that I felt more connected to the author than at any other point in the book. I came from a very different background and have walked a vastly different journey than Heather Holleman, but we both share the desire to belong. To feel valued. Loved. Accepted. And that’s what I believe her book is all about.
I appreciated the knowledge, passion and thoughtfulness the author brought to this book and I believe it would be an awesome book to use in a women’s group or bible study. Every woman should hear, believe and understand the truth about our identity in Christ and this book, Seated with Christ, is a fabulous tool to be used for that purpose.