Book Review : Living Spirituality
Living Spirituality : illuminating the path (Destinée S.A. Switzerland, 2006) is a well thought out overview of what it means to live the Christian life. This book is compact yet it touches on all the major teachings of the Bible and gives a good overall picture of how it fits together. The author, Gregory Laughery addresses two main audiences. Firstly those who come to Christian faith from a New Age or other spiritual background and secondly those who live spiritually impoverished Christian lives through a lack of understanding of what it really means to be a Christian. Laughery addresses the shallow teaching that seems to abound in nominal Christian circles.
While this is a theological book Laughery does well in his explanations and includes stories from some of the people who he has met through his work at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. This context brings a depth to his book as he is able to speak to many issues that confront people today.
I particularly enjoyed his explanation of the tension between living spiritually within the already and the not yet. We can’t expect to have all the benefits associated with the coming of God’s Kingdom at our conversion even though we do experience significant changes at that time. We have to live with the anticipation of knowing there is a fullness still to come.
Overall I found this to be an encouraging read, reaffirming many of my own views.