There have been a few blogs about this book already, but I am still trying to grasp a few quotes by Crabb. They are rich quotes that are almost consuming in a sense because they cover so much ground.
"Our fiercest battles are fought when we seek with all our heart to trust God so fully that we see every misfortune as something he permits and want to use, to know him so richly that we turn to no one and nothing else to experience what our souls long to enjoy, to love him so completely and with such consuming passion that we hate anything that comes between us and eagerly give it up."
How I long for such a relationship like this! This describes the struggle to trust, know, and love God that we as Christians face. Another quote that I want to share with you all is that we can really enjoy God's presence.
"The core battle in everyone's life is to relate well to God, to worship him, enjoy him, experience his presence, hear his voice, trust him in everything, always call him good, obey every command) even the hard ones), and hope in him when he seems to disappear. That's the battle the community of God is called to enter in each other's lives."
The purpose of sharing these lengthy quotes is to get to the point of connecting. Crabb describes the beginning of connecting as entering into another's personal battle and empathize with them so that you can experience the pain they are feeling. This is exactly what God wants to do with us, yet we are hesitant. Why? Does He need to prove Himself anymore that He is more powerful than we are, more willing to love after He sent His Son to die for US, or that He is not worthy of our trust? How crazy it is that we forget so fast His forgiveness and sacrifice. He wants to enter our battles. All He is waiting for is the invitation. He embraces us in battle and loves us in the midst of our troubles.
Below is the link for New Way Ministries which is based on Crabb's book.