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Give it 7 Days
by Olaf Fogwill
Published:09 September 2009
This is another booklet in the Connect4Life series that invites the reader to ‘give it 7 days’. This is a booklet, like a number of gospel tracts, which explores the human condition in terms of seven drivers anger, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride and self – with the invitation to follow Christ. Compared to the ‘Disconnected’ booklet in this series, it reads more critical of the human condition, which may put some people off as well as opening the door for others. As the booklet is in a series – and looking at how the whole series works – I am sure that most people will be giving this to people they know. It is aimed at young people, from the pictures chosen to accompany the message, and I would have thought it will be best used in discussion, rather than left for the individual to take away.
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)