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Book Review: Futureville by Skye Jethani

April 1, 2014

Skye Jethan’s Futureville challenges the reader to re-think their daily activities in light of God’s eternal plan on the premise that what we believe about the future determines how we live today. His approach and arguments are very convincing.

After two chapters reviewing the beginning (Eden) and the end (John’s Revelation) and identifying the enduring themes of order, beauty and abundance, Jethani sets forth how Christians have approached life (present) in light of their view of the future. Through both the evolution and evacuation path, Christians have attempted to sincerely impact the world – and with some commendable “results.” Yet there is also a sense of frustration resulting in both paths, partially because we have bought into society’s lies, sometimes unthinkingly and sometimes attempting to do so redemptively. Nonetheless, as Christians have not understood the three themes common to Eden and eternity, aspects of our Christian witness remain unbalanced and unattractive.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough for Christians of all ages. It is insightful and balanced, critically reflective, and yet easy-to-read. The stories and examples Jethani uses are easily recognizable and make both emotional and logical connections for the reader. Especially for those in church leadership seeking to understand how to draw back those estranged from “organized religion” and the younger generation(s), the perspectives Jethani discussess are rich.

BookLook Bloggers has provided the author of this review with a complimentary copy of this book.

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