Rooted – Banning Liebscher

Banning is revealing in his writing of this book, writing at one point that, “Maybe it’s because my top love language is words of affirmation, but it kind of irritated me when Jesus said, ‘Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him?’” (pg. 148) Notice how Banning admitted he was irritated with the words of Jesus? Most would be ashamed to admit that they were irritated with Jesus, but Banning admits it anyways. It makes his story easier to relate to, more real.

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Throughout this book, we read personal examples from Banning’s own life that contribute to what he’s trying to tell us. Instead of expecting us to read what would amount to little more than a Christian textbook, Banning explains in a simple, understandable way. The simplicity is not so much as to be insulting, but just enough that it can contribute to the newly-saved’s walk with Christ, or to someone who has been saved for a long time.

Biblical References:

Banning included many Biblical references; nearly every page has at least one reference. I really appreciated that, because then I could read the passage for myself if I had any questions about his interpretation.

The only thing I did not like about this book was that when Banning references the Bible, he tends to use several translations; you could read three different references and each would be a different translation. It would be better if Banning stuck with one translation – switching translations each time says to me that he’s looking for the verse to say what he wants it to say, rather than a more direct (trustworthy) translation that may not say it the way he wants.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in encouragement in their walk with Christ. There were several instances where I personally found encouragement reading this. In one section, God used this book to speak to me about something I had been praying about and give me assurance about His will. I think there’s something written in here for every Christian – or even for someone considering Christianity.

 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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