Friday, June 11, 2010
REVIEW: Lifted by Sam Allberry
Sam is an Anglican minister in Maidenhead, a West Wing obsessive and blogs at Shibboleth.
Lifted is one of two recent British books on the resurrection. Readers can hardly fail to have missed the blog noise for Adrian Warnock's Raised with Christ. Lifted is along the same theme but takes a different approach.
Adrian considers the historicity of the resurrection and its implications for an experiential Christianity. Allberry demonstrates the importance of the resurrection and its implications for our Christianity to give us assurance, transformation, hope and for our mission. I like both books.
It's a short book that's easy to read, peppered with engaging illustrations and clear interaction with scripture that reflects its origins as a sermon series.
Sam explores the strangeness in our world of our confession "on the third day he rose again". This sounds plausible on Sunday but less so on Monday, but should it be that way? As we're shown how it is our assurance and the basis of change in our lives we can see differently. The observation that the resurrection drove change in the early Christian community (p66) is particularly well put. "The fuel for their generosity was this message about the resurrection... I am united with the risen Christ and with all others who are raised with him... knitted to Christ... knitted to one another.. If we find it hard to give of ourselves and our resources, it's most likely because we've forgotten the life-changing message of the resurrection." Not just a new perspective but "resurrection lifestyle will need the presence of a resurrection Spirit" (p69).
My only critiques of this book are: First, it has 140 pages but only four chapters - which means they are long chapters - I think it'd have benefited from being broken up a bit more. Second, that cover design is really not great. Very minor critiques.
Overall: Lifted is an excellent book on a key doctrine that I'd recommend widely. Have you read it - what do you think?