If you only had one sentence, this book could be described this way: Be the Message is a simple, yet life-changing devotional centered on the Gospel. As followers of Christ, it is easy to speak words but not actually live them. If you grew up in a church, chances are you can state what it is you supposedly believe even if your life does not follow your words. This is a struggle for any person claiming to be a follower of Christ. We make statements to satisfy our minds and cause us to think we believe something when our actions simply do not align with our words. Be the Message hits this struggle head on.
Each day follows the same process of opening yourself, God’s Word, your mind, your heart, your life and your arms. This is an effective process because it challenges you to slow down and not simply read through the day’s devotion quickly to simply check it off. It challenges you to think about what you are going to read and one of my favorite parts of the book, gives simply but practical ways to actually do something with what you have read. It is always easy to read something that challenges you and walk away thinking and knowing you should do something with what you read, only to not do anything. This book helps you get beyond that with different ways each day to apply what you have read.
Be the Message is a challenging devotional that will impact your life and challenge you to move beyond words and live your life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the center. Jesus did not simply preach the Gospel, He also lived it. This is what we as followers of Christ need to be doing as well, living the Gospel and not just preaching it. When we do this, people will take notice and lives and hearts will be changed.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review as a part of their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.