by Glen H. Jones
Many years ago a wise man wrote, " as he thinks in his heart, so is he ." (Prov. 23: 7). Ken Crockett takes that as his premise for this book. Too often our "reality" is not what is real, but only what we perceive it to be. The author uses the analogy of eyeglasses that distort. He then explains how reality-distortion affects our physical, mental, and spiritual life. Finally Crockett suggests how we can see our situation through the eyes of a loving and all-powerful God.
In twelve chapters the author treats many subjects that we Christians often distort: discontentment, pessimism, rejection, envy, jealousy, inferiority, wounded hearts, bitterness, judgmental attitude, lust, worry, and discouragement. One or more of these human foibles infect all of us at some time. Fortunately, we as Christians have the inner resources that provide the spiritual dynamic to deal with them.
Envy pervades many in modern Western society. We look at what others have and wonder why we do not have it. Envy leads to complaining, which exacerbates the problem. Kent Crockett suggests that we remove the distorted eyeglasses of envy, recognize God as our daily provider, and become content with what God has given.
Discouragement also affects many of us. We are ready to throw in the towel. The author suggests that we look beyond what discourages us and remember that God is in control and will, eventually, work all together for good to those who love Him.
The study guide at the back of the book makes this an excellent text for an individual or Bible group study.
Type: Spiritual growth
Take: Highly recommended