Today for your reading pleasure, I will review and commend to you Thank, Praise, Serve, And Obey: Recover the Joys of Piety by Lutheran pastor Will Weedon. 🙂
What a gem of a book! I’ve really enjoyed reading it, both in curiosity about what forms of piety would be praised and by just how pleased I’ve been to see how thoroughly grounded the arguments are in Scripture and the Confessions. This is another fine and most welcome “praying the catechism” book!
I’ll offer you these little nuggets of content.
- Faith comes. It didn’t just come in the past. Rather than “faith came,” we get to live in a gracious ongoing reception of it!
- Likewise, we “cannot by [our] own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, [our] Lord, or come to Him.” How soothing it is to realize it is not “we could not”!
- Also, I have a much stronger grasp on what it means to be a “child of the resurrection,” which is a tremendous blessing!
- Easter eggs (Read the book to find out what I’m talking about!)
- Redefining death!
It’s been great. I don’t think you’ll be too surprised at his suggestions. Nothing outlandish and certainly nothing works-righteousness! Instead, there is sweet, sweet Gospel along with very helpful Christian living considerations.
I’m glad to have read this book, and I wonder when I can have my children read it, too!
In the meantime, I hope you incorporate the strengths of the Lutheran Service Book and the Treasury of Daily Prayer (or the Pray Now app) into both personal and family life. 🙂 You know, to hold you over until you better appreciate them after reading this. 🙂
Actually, now I want to write a children’s book on the topic of thank, praise, serve, and obey. I’m not sure there’d be much of a market for it, although you could try to persuade my otherwise. 😉
Another super promising book by Rev. Weedon:
Happy reading & writing, folks!