Real God In The Real World
Advent And Christmas Readings On The Coming Of Christ
by Trystan Owain Hughes
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
"Life is about recognizing Christ in all our journeys."
So says Trystan Owain Hughes in this new book of rich bible meditations. Hughes writes with a warmth, authentic insight and real delight. The writing style is fresh and engaging. Story-telling punctuates this title with the security and confidence of a seasoned and secure Christ-follower.
There is a great blend of traditional Christmas, and contemporary cultural insight in what is written here. There is plenty of gracious challenge surrounding the depth and parameters of the discipleship permeating our lives.
Incarnational faith is the most consistent theme offered by way of challenge in this title. For truly "work becomes worship when you dedicate it to God and perform it with an awareness of his presence."
All of life is engaged with in an earthy faith that is compelling in its nature. This is winsome stuff. The 'Christ in our neighbour' section is the one area of greatest challenge and provocation for me here.
I am such a fan of Trystan's other more complex, challenging, and nuanced books. This a great, if a somewhat rushed seasonal offering.
It's a perfect antidote to the chaos of the Christmas season—a worthy companion in the advent season. Here's to this and more Rev T O Hughes writing in the not too distant future!
Reviewer: Johnny Douglas (07/12/13)