Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Running My Race - David Alan Black

I just finished reading "Running My Race: Reflections On Life, Loss, Aging, and Forty Years of Teaching" by David Alan Black and I must say that it came as a breath of fresh air.  So many "Christian" books that get published are not calling disciples to a deeper understanding of Jesus, themselves in Christ, or the calling of the Church, but Black is very different.  His message goes out as a clarion call for believers to get back to the simple understanding of the purpose of the body of Christ.

The chapters are labeled:

  1. Marriage
  2. Grief
  3. Aging
  4. Mission
  5. Teaching
  6. After Words

In each chapter Black invites his readers into a deeply personal view of his life.   His views on marriage and aging were poignant, especially as I find myself married and advancing past middle-age.  The chapter on grief was almost hard to read.  I love my wife dearly and I could feel his pain as he described moving on to a new phase of life without Becky.  At the same time, I felt hopeful, because I could see that even when I experience loss God has something good in store for me.

The idea of missions permeates this book.  Black is passionate about missions, but not in the way we have come to think of them.  "We are all missionaries" is a consistent theme.  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you are a missionary.  Black is calling the church back to this basic understanding.

I cannot recommend this book enough.  If you want to read something that goes beyond the basic, American "Christian" book and may make you uncomfortable, this book is for you.

1 comment:

  1. As the publisher, I want to thank you for this review. I find it very encouraging to hear that I have published a book that will make people uncomfortable! "Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you are a missionary." I hope that message is clearly heard.