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The Reconnected Life
21-day Personal Study Guide For Those Reconnecting
by Olaf Fogwill
This is the next booklet which obviously follows on from the one given to people who have felt ‘disconnected’ from Christ, but now want to be ‘reconnected’. The electric plug analogy is obvious and works well here, as ‘those reconnecting’ are invited to follow daily notes for a 21 day personal study. The guide is not a heavy Bible study, but a comment each day on a text that is quoted at the top of the page. What follows is another little self reflection questionnaire on it, followed by a reflection. The core elements are ‘identity, value and purpose’ and the approach is positive and encouraging. Even the spiritual disciplines are mentioned in this light: ‘given by a caring Father who does it for your good because he loves you’ (Day 16). Each day’s comment ends with the invitation to ‘switch on and go’ – with a provided prayer. It is good material, nicely presented.
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)