“Upside-down Spirituality,” by Chad Bird

“The follower of Jesus could be summed up in three words: adjusting to freedom.” Chad Bird, “Upside-down Spirituality.”

In a society hyper-focused on achievement, Chad Bird begs us to consider ourselves failures. Each chapter of “Upside-down Spirituality challenges readers to consider if failing at certain aspects of our self-attainabilities are the key to genuinely living out our faith in Jesus Christ. One such stretch of the mind is to consider the possibility that “not every altar sits within a sanctuary.”

The book is broken up nicely into three sections, “Ourselves, “Our Lives,” and “Our Churches,” each with three easy to read and realistically life-applicable chapters. This book was a quick read because of it’s intriguing content and extremely encouraging relatability. Bird writes on Christianity from a real viewpoint. One of real life failures and trials, triumphs and achievements. He points out we often compartmentalize our faith, instead of letting it permeate every aspect of our lives and the people that border them. “Don’t build walls and dig moats,” Bird suggests, “Build bridges. Be active. Be engaged. Be fully present.”

I highly recommend this book to all Christians. It challenges us to remember and retain the basic principles of our faith and reminds us to that to die to self is to grow closer to Christ. And then, we find out who we were really meant to be …more than we ever could have dreamed. 

“Everywhere we go, we swim in a pool of religious assumptions. It’s unavoidable. It’s inevitable. It’s challenging. But it’s not the end of the world.” Chad Bird, “Upside-down Spirituality.”

(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
Click here to purchase your copy of “Upside-Down Spirituality.”

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