Review - Come Back to Jesus and Don't Bring Your Blackberry
Review of Tanya Logans' Christian book, "Come Back to Jesus-and Don't Bring Your Blackberry" from the WestBowPress.
By: Lisa LeaSure, Living Water Home Spa Shop
Have you ever opened a book and knew instantly that its contents was an answer to prayer? Come Back to Jesus--and Don't Bring your Blackberry was definitely a divinely appointed read for me that came at just the right time. The book is a 6-week Bible study with a Leader's Guide that helps the reader to draw closer to God by identifying false gods that have filled the place in their life that should be occupied by our Savior. In particular, it helps the reader to identify those distractions (e.g. Facebook, social media, mobile devices, electronic games, hobbies, etc.) that keep believers from maintaining the fulfilling closeness that develops from spending quality time with God intentionally.
While the book is a 6-week Bible study, requirements of the book review were to complete the review within three weeks of receipt. Unfortunately, this requirement did not leave as much time for reflection and study as I may have preferred. However, the message of Come Back to Jesus-and Don't Bring Your Blackberry was one that resonated in my spirit even in consideration of the abbreviated reading time and not reading the book as part of a Bible study group. Reading each of the scriptures referenced in the text (where identified) enhances the reader's understanding of the scriptural context and aids in answering the questions in each section. The Lord is a consuming fire, even a jealous God (Deuteronomy 4:24 KJV). So, this book serves as a reminder that God needs to be a priority in our lives, not a relationship that we maintain when we have "time". God deserves a front row seat and this book helps the reader to put the priorities of a relationship in Christ back in the proper order.
I would recommend Tanya Logans' book "Come Back to Jesus-and Don't Bring Your Blackberry" for those who feel their relationship with God is not as intimate as it once was or not as intimate as they would like it to be. Also, if you feel you are overcome with the "things" that need to be done that take up precious time, reading this book will help you identify false gods, help you to break free and return to an intimate relationship with God. If there was anything about the book that I did not like, it was the notion that my time on social media was a distraction. But as the book progressed, it became evident that I was blinded by the distraction instead of being as Christ centered as I should be. While the book is 120 pages long, reading the cited scriptures and taking the time to reflect prior to answering the questions takes quite a bit longer. But, don't let that stop you! The time you spend reading this book will be a period of refreshing that rekindles your relationship with God.
"Come Back to Jesus--and Don't Bring your Blackberry" is available at Amazon.com in paperback.
About the Author:
Tanya Logan found herself drawn to Christ while on a cloud-gazing walk at the age of 9. Since then, she has seen His hand in nature from her native East Tennessee to Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and now Southwest Florida. A writer all of her life, Come Back to Jesus—and Don’t Bring your Blackberry is her 4th book. She has also freelanced extensively and is the ghost author of 11 books, 2 of which are required reading for college courses.
“If I never have another word from God, this one is enough: Go tell the people to get the “stuff” out of the way so they can worship Me better,” Logan says. Thus the 6-week study Come Back to Jesus was born.
Tanya is married to Mickey Logan and together they share an office as well as a love of the ocean, boating, reading, and much silliness.
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