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The Connected Life
21 Day Personal Study Guide for Those Already Connected
by Olaf Fogwill
The image here is of an electric power socket plug used as an analogy for the Christian being connected to Christ. Those ‘already connected’ are Christians steady in their faith and aware of the ‘power’ of the Holy Spirit. I find this both helpful and stretched as an analogy. I like the brown, live wire, question on each page which is about our life in Christ. I like the ‘yellow and green’ questions as they relate to faith being earthed in reality. I am less sure of the blue – neutral wire – application described as ‘aspects of self that need to be neutralised’. Anyway, that said, this daily study guide is simply laid out, straight forward to follow, and I am sure it will help the individual Christian see their worth and relationship with Christ in a new light (no pun intended!)
Series Review – Connect4Life is an unusual - and welcome - resource. It is a small collection of booklets about being 'connected' to Christ. What makes it particularly welcome is that it aims to help Christians who have left church to reconnect.
Using an electric plug analogy throughout (being connected to Christ brings life), the author Olaf Fogwill gives those who have left church and become 'unconnected' an invitation to 'give it 7 days' with a small study booklet of daily Bible readings. If people decide to 'reconnect' they have a helpful 21 day study guide to think through lots of passages to encourage them on the continued journey. With another option of a 21 day guide for new Christians connecting for the first time - this little pack would be a good resource for evangelical churches to have handy. I say 'evangelical' as it is all Bible based material - but other churches may well find the resource helpful too.
I liked the self help questionnaires, careful choice of readings, non- judgemental approach and prayer resource to 'plug in' and 'switch on' to 'go'. I am not aware of other resources like this for people who want to reconnect with Christ - for that reason alone this is a welcome resource for churches to have available.
For the starter pack containing some of each of the booklets in this series see the website.
Reviewer: Jim Currin (07/12/11)