In his new book Fresh Air, Chris Hodges writes to Christians who are stuck in the doldrums of life, the area of perpetual stagnance. Through practical tips and an in-depth look at some basic elements of Christian life and some deeper ones too, Hodges coaches readers with “breathing exercises” at the end of each chapter.
“If you want a breath of fresh air in your life that will resuscitate your spirit and bring you closer to God–and closer to being the person He made you to be–then this book is for you.” – pg. 15
My only problem with a thesis statement like that is that I don’t want to be reminded that I’m reading a book. As as a reader, I want to get lost in the text rather than have a conversation with the author. As I’ve found to be common with pastor-authors, sometimes Hodges has tangents that would work in a sermon but don’t work as well in a book.
As I’ve also found to be common with pastor-writers, Hodges throws in some Greek and Hebrew. I love this! It’s the language nerd in me. In chapter 8 he takes an in-depth look at the seven, yes seven, different Hebrew words all translated as “praise.” I was already taking notes and highlighting throughout the book but in this chapter I also pulled out my interlinear Bible and concordance and dug in further. I told you: language nerd.
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“People like [two examples] tend to have an enormous impact in subtle ways. their enthusiasm, positive approach, and energy for loving people breathe life into those around them and transform the entire environment.” – Pg. 19
That’s the kind of life I want to lead. Most of those things Hodges said don’t come naturally to me yet he walks readers through those elements of life.
Hodges breaks down topics such as moving from obligation to love, prayer, attitude, reading an alive Bible, building relationships, tithing, the Holy Spirit, and more into breathable pieces.
“We can’t enjoy each day if we don’t have a high appreciation for life. In order to cherish the life we’ve been give, we must never forget that God is working out His purposes for good.” – Pg. 72
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It challenged me, brought to life different aspects of my faith, and invited me to breathe deeply in the fresh air of God. There will definitely be quotes and concepts appearing in future blog posts. Stay tuned. If you want to borrow my copy of Fresh Air, you’re going to have to look beyond the margin notes and highlights of my active reading.
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