Review – Heaven’s Answer to Earth’s Dilemma
by Gil Cann
Former Editor of the Australian Evangelical Alliance’s Magazine – Working Together
Ben Gray’s portrayal of the scale and scope of our calling goes far beyond that found in most Christian writings. He expands our horizons enormously. On the other hand this book is applied theology! He “earths” the living act, as individually and churches of our exalted calling with the practical insights as to what this means. And unlike some who advise us for example; to put family first, marriage first, or one’s own well being first, this author urges us to put God’s Kingdom first.
Responding to this far more challenging and difficult calling, will he argues, result in a greater authencity and credibility in our lives which honors God, demonstrates His Kingdom and enriches the lives of all those around us. And he helps us see what “Kingdom First” living will mean in our marriage, families, businesses, work places and communities.
An excellent companion, study guide entitled “Obtainable Wisdom” is also available. It is a virtually essential tool if pastors, individual readers, and those reading “Heaven’s Answer” in groups are to get the maximum benefit from doing so. I cannot recommend it too highly. Further information about both publications is available on several websites. For example www.heavensanswer.com, www.koorong.com.au, www.amazon.com.
Heaven’s Answer to Earth’s Dilemma is greatly needed. It will spoil you forever for mediocre, demonstrated, culturally modified church. It should leave you trembling with wonder and excitement and it gives clear direction about the way forward for twenty first century Christians.
Review by Lisa Limbrick
If you are seeking to find your place in the body of Christ, identify your gifts and ministry, and understand what your vocation really is, then look no further than Heaven's Answer to Earth's Dilemma. This remarkably insightful book begins by discussing the need for changing the church from a traditional Greek worldview (where ministry is confined within the institution of the church) to a Hebraic worldview (the pilgrim church, where ministry permeates every part of daily life). Gray identifies five creational spheres (relationships that connect us to God): Marriage, Family, Work, Tribe, and Nation. By embracing these spheres of relationship we not only encounter God in every aspect of life, but demonstrate to all creation of what it means to be a people of God in society. The book discusses how each of us can identify our role in the Body of Christ by identifying our grace-aligned vocation and our motivations.