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The Connected Life
21-day Personal Study Guide For Those Connecting for the First Time
by Olaf Fogwill
This final booklet in the Connect4Life series, is another 21 day personal study guide in the same pattern as the previous ones – this one specifically designed ‘for those connecting for the first time’. In other words, this is the sort of guide you might give to new Christians. Daily notes, each on an essential aspect of Christian discipleship, are well put together and follow a sequence – Born again, Believe the Promise, Safe Pastures, Eat and be satisfied etc. Again, each day has a single biblical verse, brief reflective questionnaire based on the three wires of the electric plug analogy, comment about being ‘connected’. The whole series is underpinned with a theology of ‘power in Christ’ as Christians ‘plugged in’ to receive the Holy Spirit, as we ‘switch on’ in prayer. From the perspective of the ‘unconnected’ or ‘disconnected’ as well as those ‘already connected’ or the ‘reconnected’, this is a really helpful series of small booklets addressing a critical issue few others have started to address – those who leave church and faith in Christ, but invited to ‘give it 7 days’. Many do leave our churches – for all sorts of reasons – and this is a rare example of useful biblical material which could help them reconnect. Excellent.
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)