Book Review – Reflect by Thaddeus J. Williams

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When I think about something that reflects, I automatically think about the moon. The moon shines brightly in the night sky because it reflects the light of the sun. But this book, with a subtitle, Becoming Yourself by Mirroring the Greatest Person in History, talks about reflecting Jesus Christ. The big difference? The only way we can reflect Jesus is if He dwells in us. Otherwise, our efforts are as the prophet Isaiah has it, like “filthy rags.”

Williams guide into the true reflection of Christ is the best book I have read this year, and, actually, in some time. He uses the word reflect as an acronym to highlight certain aspects of Jesus, His character and His actions, that can and should be reflected in our lives.

R –Reason: Mirroring the profound thinking of Jesus
E – Emote: Mirroring the just sentiments of Jesus
F – Flip: Mirroring the upside down action of Jesus
L – Love: Mirroring the radical relationality of Jesus
E – Elevate: Mirroring the saving grace of Jesus
C – Create: Mirroring the artistic genius of Jesus
T – Transform: Mirroring Jesus in all of life.

Willaims uses plenty of Scripture and quotes from several authors, as well as provides his own insights into the things of God. It is an excellent read that I would highly recommend. Along with the study guide and a page designed to help people to journal their reflections, this could easily be the best companion guide to the Bible to be published in years.

One note of caution for those who are not into Calvinist theology, the author’s bent in that direction is obvious. Yet the book is worthy of your perusal and actual use. Reflect makes you do just that, but it also motivates you to move reflection into action.

Check it out here.

Ray Jewell is a frequent co-host on the Basic Bible Podcast, the director of the Janesville Community Center, teacher at Rock County Christian School and the author of the Ray’s Rambling Blog.

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