Because I am a book fiend, and because I have a source that hooks me up with books already, I was overjoyed to discover that I had the chance to receive an Advance Reader Copy of Bruxy Cavey’s latest book, (re)union — The good news of Jesus for seekers, saints, and sinners. I’ve read Bruxy’s other book, The End of Religion, and I loved it, but this takes everything to a whole new level.
I go to the church that Bruxy is the teaching pastor at, The Meeting House, so I can assure you that this book reads very authentically like he’s just speaking to you. He’s so passionate about spreading the Gospel, and about making sure it’s clearly understood, and that certainly comes across in this book. Bruxy succeeds at epic levels in making the Gospel clear. I’ve grown up in the church. I’ve grown up in this denomination. But it’s never been laid out more clearly to me than in this book, and it’ll be one I read again (which doesn’t happen often).
What I love most about this book, apart from it being so abundantly clear, is how warm and inviting the call to follow Jesus is from start to finish. But even while laying out theology, at times fairly heavy theology, Bruxy makes it feel like he’s having a casual conversation that is very easy to understand. It’s light, it’s funny — It felt like having coffee with Bruxy. I’ve never done that, so I can’t 100% compare it, but it was a very easy read despite how much it made me think. My walk with Jesus, even though it’s been a 28ish year walk already, has deepened after reading this book.
I found an almost eerie personal connection while I was reading. There’s a part in the book that talks about Jesus understanding whatever we’ll go through on this earth, because He came to earth to be human, to be one of us, even though he was also God. There’s empathy there that I don’t see being possible to claim in any other worldview or religion. As I was reading, you know how sometimes your eyes dart across to the next page and you’re disappointed because your eyes have skipped chunks? Well, this book came into my life at a time when I desperately needed it. If you know me, you get it. If you don’t, well, you’ll have to trust me, cuz that’s a post for another time. But I digress. When Bruxy’s explaining that Jesus empathizes with us, He gets us, and He knows what we’re going through, because He’s experienced it here on earth, he starts to illustrate his point with a story about a woman named Laura. He says as he’s explaining the story, “You know, Laura, I get you.” Now, I know that Bruxy was writing, and that he was writing about a different woman named Laura, but I wept. That Jesus gets me was one of those theological things that I knew, but I didn’t know it. It hadn’t sunk in past head knowledge and made it to heart knowledge. (I regret that the English language doesn’t have two different words for knowing, like French does — I wrote a post on that earlier, check it out here — When English Fails ( … or why I got baptized twice)).
In short, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Whether you’re seeking and wonder if Jesus might be the answer, whether you think He’s the answer but you’re not sure you’re good enough, or whether you’ve been walking the road with Jesus for years… or any scenario in between — this book will find you where you’re at and show you the Good News of Jesus in a way that is both concise and informative, and easy to understand, but also innately relational and personal, even though it was written for an audience of many.
Pick up your copy on Amazon, at Chapters, at other bookstores (I’m sure), or, come find us at a Meeting House site, where since it’s just been released, we’ll likely have copies. We’d love to have you check us out.
Book has been provided courtesy of Menno Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.