That's the premise behind preacher Jon Weece's new book Me Too: Experience the God Who Understands. No matter what struggles are going on in your life, you don't have to grin and bear it. You just have to turn to God and allow Him to do what He does.
The book is divided into three parts: What Jesus Did, What Jesus is Doing, and What Jesus Will Do. And even with multiple chapters in each part that break it down further, you'd think this book would be very organized to the point where it all makes sense. And I don't know, but I just didn't feel that way when reading it. I actually didn't like it through most of the first part because I just couldn't get into it. The author's writing style didn't do it for me. He tries to bring in humorous anecdotes from his life, but most of the time, it wasn't clear to me what point he was trying to make, and he jumped from story to story so often that I had trouble following his train of thought.
I liked the point of the book: that even as Christians we experience pain and suffering, but we shouldn't hide that pain and suffering from each other. We should realize that we've all been in the same boat and that this shared experience should prompt us to take care of one another, listen to one another, etc. (I even think there is a Bible verse about this. Something along the lines of "you went through it so that you could help someone else go through it. I don't have my Bible verses memorized.) But the author's writing style was a real turn-off for me, and so I wasn't able to fully embrace the book as much as I had hoped to.
There were two lines from the book that stood out to me. This one seemed especially poignant for this election season: "We should never judge an entire group of people based on the actions of a few people in that group." (p. 80)
And then here is one of my favorites about the topic of abortion, which could also be poignant for this election season:
We don't bomb clinics. We don't kill doctors. We don't condemn scared women. Instead, we do what God did for us. We adopt children into our families...
On behalf of the next sixty million babies who don't have a voice, let's throw lavish baby showers for unwed moms. Let's pick them up and sit with them at their medical appointments. Let's volunteer to rock their babies in the middle of the night. Let's financially support the work of our local crisis pregnancy centers. Let's do whatever we can do to be considerate of all life - the life of the baby and the life of the mom, so that the life of the church has a future. [emphasis mine]So I guess there was some good take-away from this book, after all!
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